Public health officials have confirmed a second case of COVID-19 infection in the Northwest Territories.

A resident of Inuvik has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the second case of the coronavirus in the NWT.
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The subject is an Inuvik resident. They are self-isolating at home with members of their household and are mildly symptomatic.

The individual travelled to British Columbia and self-isolated upon their return March 21. They developed symptoms five days after returning home.

“This represents an example all residents must follow in the coming weeks in complying with public health orders to limit the spread of this virus, in our territory,” a GNWT news release said. “The public is being notified of the community because the size of Inuvik allows for appropriate privacy protection.”

To date, 978 COVID-19 tests have been completed in the NWT with two positive cases.

“The chief public health officer of the Northwest Territories  has mandated an aggressive strategy to identify and respond to the spread of COVID-19 across the Northwest Territories,” the release continued. “The Northwest Territories is testing at a higher rate than almost anywhere in Canada. The Chief Public Health Officer indicates this is the territory’s strongest weapon in tracking and containing the virus.”

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