There were no positive cases of COVID-19 in the NWT as of early Thursday afternoon.

A total of 222 tests have been performed, and all results were negative, according to an update from the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS).

It takes seven days for results to be known and tests must be sent to a laboratory in Alberta for processing, the GNWT said.

The update comes as the NWT’s chief public health officer Kami Kandola on Wednesday announced a public health emergency in the territory, though she didn’t order the closure of any businesses or facilities.

Across Canada there were at least 736 positive cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths, according to an update by the Public Health Agency of Canada on Thursday morning.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dean Henshaw announced the province’s first death from COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.

Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have also declared public health emergencies.

If members of the public are feeling unwell or have flu-like symptoms, they should call ahead to the Public Health line and not show up at a clinic or hospital.

The number for Yellowknife is 867-767-9120, in Inuvik it is 867-490–2225 or 867-777-7246, in Fort Smith 867-872-6219 or 867-872-6221, and in Hay River it is 867-874-7201.





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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