NWT declares two new Covid-19 cases

The Northwest Territories government has announced two new cases of Covid-19 in Yellowknife, one of which is related to the outbreak at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine.

According to a Tuesday news release, an out-of territory worker with Gahcho Kué tested positive while in isolation. 

That brings the total number of diagnoses related to the mine outbreak to 19 – eight among NWT residents and 11 among out-of territory workers. Eleven of the cases have recovered. 

The other new case is an out-of territory seasonal worker in Yellowknife who was diagnosed on February 21. The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer said the worker is believed to have contracted Covid-19 before travelling to the NWT.



Public health officials said an investigation into the case is ongoing. The worker and all known close contacts are isolating and doing well. 

The territorial government said it had found no risk to NWT communities from either case.

An outbreak was first declared at Gahcho Kué on February 3. Three days later, mining operations were suspended and more than 100 people began isolation in Yellowknife. 

As of Tuesday, 75 NWT workers and 30 out-of-territory workers had completed isolation and were returning home.