Two people have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Imperial Oil worksite in Norman Wells, the territorial government confirmed on Wednesday evening.
In a brief news release, Chief Public Health Officer Dr Kami Kandola said the two were “non-resident workers diagnosed on inbound screening.” Both are isolating and doing well.
“They did not acquire the infection on-site and the two individuals with Covid-19 are not linked,” Dr Kandola’s statement continued. She said she was not yet declaring an outbreak at the facility.
“There is no public exposure at this time. A contact tracing investigation is ongoing,” the statement concluded.
Non-resident workers are flown to and from the site by direct charter.
Earlier on Wednesday, in a statement shared to a Facebook group for Norman Wells residents, Imperial Oil said one employee had tested positive for Covid-19 and was isolating.
Imperial Oil said it was following all public health guidance and keeping local leaders informed.
Up till now, the Sahtu has not recorded a single case of Covid-19. As Wednesday’s two cases involve non-resident workers, the NWT will not count them toward its own figures and the Sahtu’s case count will not increase.