All schools in Yellowknife, nearby communities closed, move to virtual learning

École St. Patrick High School. (Photo supplied by MyTrueNorthNow.com staff.)
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All schools in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo and have been closed and are moving to virtual learning, as the COVID-19 outbreak in the region continues to worsen.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer said in a statement that the ongoing outbreak threatens the health of students, particularly those under the age of 12 who cannot yet get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“At this point, due to the volume of new infections, Yellowknife Public Health is not able to complete testing and contact tracing in a timely fashion that would reliably prevent further transmission at schools,” the statement reads.

Day homes and daycares are exempt from this order and can remain open, the statement adds.

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The OCPHO is also recommending people work from home where possible.

Another will go into effect today clarifying isolation requirements for persons who test positive for COVID-19.

The COVID-19 outbreak, which started in the Sahtu region, is now concentrated around the capital city. There are now 97 active cases of COVID-19 in Yellowknife, over 70 percent of the current total of 134 active cases among residents in the territory.

Twenty-one of the new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since September 9th are in Yellowknife. 5 new cases were found in Behchokǫ̀.

The order is in place for two weeks, until midnight on September 24.

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