N.W.T. issues COVID-19 exposure notice for Saturday flight from Edmonton

Canadian North 5T244 landed in Yellowknife, where travellers connect to Nunavut

A scene from the Yellowknife airport. On Monday, Nunavut announced the end of a policy which had exempted travellers between Nunavut and the Northwest Territories from isolating requirements. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Northwest Territories has issued a COVID-19 exposure notice for people aboard an April 24 flight from Edmonton.

Canadian North flight 5T244 had stops in Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Inuvik and its passengers may also have connected to flights into western Nunavut from Yellowknife.

The notice, from the territory’s chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola, came after the N.W.T. confirmed one new infection of COVID-19 in Inuvik on Monday.

The notice says public health officials are currently reaching out to passengers who may have been sitting in rows 14 to 20.

“Only those in the rows identified may be considered to have an exposure risk. No one else on the airplane is at risk of exposure,” states the notice.

Passengers who were sitting in those rows are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Any household members who can’t isolate from the affected individuals are asked to isolate as well.

N.W.T.’s public health department said it has worked with the airline to get its flight manifest.

In Nunavut, those at risk of exposure from the flight can call the COVID hotline at 975-8601 or 1-888-975-8601 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to arrange for COVID-19 testing.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by David on

    With the exposure of COVID-19 between Edmonton to Yellowknife, should the Government of Nunavut issue a lockdown within the western Kitikmeot communities. Studies shows, the variant is more serious. We have vulnerable elders and so on with health issues. Dr Pattersen you do good work, but we never know because this is a invisible virus.

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