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Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh MLA Steve Norn confirmed on April 23 that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement sent by the legislative assembly, Norn said that given his public role he chose to identify himself as the positive case announced on April 21.

A relative was the second case announced on April 22, who is now self-isolating.

Yellowknife Catholic Schools said in a tweet that the case was identified at École St. Patrick High School, and that the school would remain open. It was not clear whether it was a student or a staff member who was infected.

“I travelled by car to Alberta in response to a family emergency,” Norn said. “I left the NWT on Thursday April 1, 2021 and returned on Sunday April 4, 2021, crossing the border in the late afternoon/early evening.

I filed a self-isolation plan on April 1, 2021 as required, identifying that I would isolate at home.”

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Following the positive signal of COVID-19 identified in wastewater test results on April 19, and the request from the chief public health officer that anyone self-isolating from April 14-17 get tested, Norn said he went and had a COVID-19 test on April 20.

He had no symptoms, he added.

“The next day, on Wednesday April 21, 2021, I was notified by public health that I had tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately returned to self-isolation,” he said.

The latest cases bring to 83 the total number of COVID-19 cases in the NWT, with four currently active.

Blair McBride

Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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