Julie Green: Presumptive Cases of COVID 19

Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Yellowknife — October 16, 2020

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Good afternoon.

First, I’d like to acknowledge that those residents who received the presumptive positive COVID-19 tests are recovering with close monitoring from public health. Our thoughts are with them.

We recognize that we are not immune to COVID-19 in the NWT.  That is why we have worked hard over the past several months to build capacity to manage the risk and be as responsive as possible when we have positive cases.

Our work to build testing and contact tracing capacity means we are able to get results faster and begin the investigations quickly and efficiently.

Our health care system has a solid plan to respond to positive cases in all communities across the territory.  We are ready to respond to cases when they arrive.

We know that our fundamental public health measures minimize the risk of outbreaks. Our system is responding to keep our communities safe.

We know more about this virus than we ever have.  And we know what precautions work. It comes down to those basics we’ve stressed for months. 

  • Prioritize physical distance of at least six feet wherever you are – and wear a non-medical mask whenever that’s difficult.
  • Keep crowds small and spaces large. It will keep everyone safer.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or sanitizer.
  • Practice safe respiratory practices when coughing or sneezing.
  • And please self-isolate when required. It is the most important thing you can do to prevent outbreaks.

Across the country, cases are rising and the risk of this virus is real. We need to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our residents as safe as possible. It is important to remember that we will not be risk-free until there are effective, widely-available treatments or vaccines.

I want to encourage everyone to do their part as we continue to rise to this challenge – just as we have over the past seven months.

I would now like to ask Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Delli-Pizzi to give a brief update.