The community of Tulita is entering a self declared 10-day lockdown.
The hamlet made the move after one person tested positive for COVID-19. The lockdown was initially declared when a rapid response test kit came back a presumptive positive on August 31, according to reporting by Cabin Radio. That result has since been confirmed.
Only essential travel is allowed during the lockdown.
The lockdown includes a banning on gatherings, visiting other households and doubling on ATV’s — although visits are permitted if you’re caring for an Elder or a vulnerable person.
A liquor prohibition is also in effect till September 24.
This is the first COVID-19 case in Tulita. Prior to this, the community was the only one in the Sahtu region not to have a confirmed case connected to the Sahtu outbreak.
The outbreak has spread to a number of communities in the territory, with the total number of cases related to the Sahtu outbreak reaching 333 — although the majority of those have recovered, with only 115 active cases.
The lockdown started yesterday and will be in place until September 10.