There are still no positive cases of COVID-19 in the NWT with 153 tests having been performed as of Wednesday morning.

Health authorities are testing anyone with flu-like symptoms and who have travelled outside the territory within 14 days, said the Department of Health and Social Services (HSS) in its update.

The risk of acquiring the virus in the NWT remains low, HSS said.

If residents are experiencing a fever, cough or flu-like symptoms, health authorities ask that they call the regional Public Health line instead of showing up 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.

There were 569 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada, and eight deaths, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada on Wednesday morning.

The three territories remain the only parts of Canada where positive cases of the virus have not yet appeared.

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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  1. Just watched part of an announcement by dr kandola nwt doctor declaring a public health emergency. Interestingly i just read your story dated today that there are no positive tests for covid19 In the nw territory’s . This type of histaria by some officials is quite dangerous to most of the public in panic mode already. Very sad that our press did not challenge her on the data. I would hate to believe that it is really only about money that the federal government is coughing up at this time. This health problem is going to point out to many how sloppily they manage there financial resources if they cant go a few months without pay. That is exactly what the ex fema disaster ceo said this week on national American tv. Sadly too many people live in the now and gladly accept the enabling that our liberal society seems to encourage with handouts to all. The politically correct ideology by government and our society needs to end and mayb it will take moments like we are having now to make some people stand up and find their big boy pants. The result will affect us all some day , groups of peoples gladly sit back and just put their hand out when they just moan about their bad situation in life and what they think their owed. The free message promoted by certain groups and supported by a gutless media in north america will and is ruining everything that our forefathers fought and many died for. I know i am wandering around with the topic but it is all really related. Just like the boy scout message my mom explained to me. “ Be prepared “ nothing in life is free. I am finding it difficult to believe that a mere health bug which many people have already recovered from already is going to tank the world as we know it. I look back before your time”because u look young”, when one of us in the same family got something serious. Mom put us all in the same room so u can guess we all got it. Old people get sick and die every flu season, why is this different?Doesn’t every country have a flu season and have a number of people die? Healthy people generally recover, older and sick sometimes die. The medical world has extended lifespan to the present levels but we as a society need to accept the bigger picture. This is not new ,if I didn’t have a tv or radio I wouldn’t know or care. The life cycle just happens. Please excuse my lack of literary ability. I’m older