The GNWT has prepared an online COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire to help people in the NWT determine if they should visit a health care provider.

It suggests courses of action depending on how many questions respondents answer with “yes” or “no.”

The questionnaire opens by asking respondents’ if they’re experiencing such symptoms as difficulty breathing, chest pain, having a hard time waking up, if they’ve fainted or lost consciousness or if breathing problems make managing daily life difficult.

Answering “yes” to that question opens a page that reads “Please call 911 or go directly to your nearest emergency department or health centre if you are in a smaller community. If you think that you have COVID-19, please tell 9-1-1 or the health centre before you go so that they are prepared for your arrival.”

Answering “no” leads to more specific questions about the respondents’ symptoms, including if they’ve travelled outside the NWT in the last 14 days and if they’ve had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If only negative answers are given, the website deems the respondent at low risk of having been exposed to coronavirus.

As of Tuesday, there remains one positive case of COVID-19 in the NWT, with 492 tests performed and 176 tests pending, according to the Department of Health and Social Services.

Canada-wide there were 1,959 positive cases of the virus and 27 deaths, according to a report from the Public Health Agency of Canada on Tuesday evening.



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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