Covid-19 case, the NWT’s 11th, confirmed in Fort Smith

A file photo advising of a border checkstop ahead in Fort Smith. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

The Northwest Territories’ 11th recorded Covid-19 case has been identified and confirmed in Fort Smith.

The NWT’s chief public health officer, Dr Kami Kandola, made the announcement in a short statement on Wednesday morning. It’s the first confirmed case in the South Slave community.

The case is related to travel outside the territory.

Exactly where was not specified. Much of southern Canada is in the grip of a Covid-19 resurgence as winter approaches.



“The individual, along with household contacts, are all appropriately isolated,” said Kandola, paying tribute to responsible isolation as the “single best tool” to prevent a single case becoming an outbreak.

“There has been no risk identified to the community as appropriate self-isolation procedures were followed by members of the household after travel,” Kandola added, saying contact tracing is complete within the NWT.

“The household is being monitored and public health is providing necessary supports,” she wrote.

Fort Smith’s Petro-Canada gas bar and Tim Hortons will remain closed on Wednesday while staff sanitize the building as a precaution, Chief David Poitras of the Salt River First Nation – which owns the facility – wrote on Facebook.

Kevin MacDonald, a manager at the town’s Northern store, said the store would do the same and “spend the day ensuring we are providing a safe and sanitary environment” before reopening on Thursday.

There is no suggestion that either facility is connected to the case.