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Coronavirus

Covid-19 UK variant ‘identified in Fort Chipewyan’

Last modified: March 26, 2021 at 2:08pm


Two positive cases of the UK variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 have been diagnosed in Fort Chipewyan, the Mikisew Cree First Nation says.

The First Nation, characterizing the B117 variant first identified in the UK as a “far more contagious and transmissible form of Covid-19” in a news release on Thursday, asked residents with Covid-19 symptoms – or who have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive – to get tested immediately.

Even if someone has a negative Covid-19 test following exposure to a positive case, they must complete a 14-day quarantine since the time of their last exposure as per Alberta’s public health legislation.

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The next vaccination clinics for the Alberta community are Friday through Sunday at the Mamawi Hall. On Friday the clinic will run from 5pm until 8:30pm, while over the weekend the clinic will run from 10am until 5:30pm.

As of earlier this month, the NWT government said no cases of variant forms of Covid-19 had so far been diagnosed in the Northwest Territories. The NWT was reporting no active cases as of Thursday.

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