Hay River clear of COVID-19, according to latest wastewater samples

This is the first time wastewater sampling has detected unreported traces of COVID-19 in Hay River. (Supplied by Pexels.)
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Hay River reported no traces of COVID-19 in its latest wastewater testing results, meaning there’s no further evidence of COVID-19 in the community.

The GNWT is no longer recommending all Hay River residents who are isolating need not get tested for COVID-19, according to a statement from NWT’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola. Those individuals can now return to “routine measures.”

The investigation into the traces of COVID-19 is now closed and Hay River and the town as a whole “returns to routine public health measures.”

The GNWT had been saying for the past few days there is a high-probability the COVID-19 traces in Hay River had stemmed from the individual who travelled outside the territory and then continued on to Fort Liard.

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Since January 11, 189 individuals were tested for COVID-19, with no new COVID-19 cases have been identified in Hay River. 

Kandola added that the situation will be monitored through continued wastewater surveillance.

There have been 31 cases of COVID-19 in the territory, with zero hospitalizations. The five cases in Fort Liard and the one in Yellowknife remain active — meaning it has been less than 14 days since they have been confirmed.

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