Premier Caroline Cochrane, Health and Social Services Minister, Julie Green and Education, Culture and Employment Minister, R.J. Simpson issued the following statement on the recent COVID-19 outbreak at N.J. Macpherson and the Government of the Northwest Territories’ response:
“As we near the end of the recent outbreak at N.J. Macpherson School in Yellowknife, we want to acknowledge the hard work of so many Northerners who stepped up to isolate in order to protect residents and communities at this challenging time. The collective efforts of students, parents, guardians, teachers, support staff, health care workers, and many others is another example of how we have been able to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect our communities.
“It is heartwarming to see the way Northerners came together to support one another, and to support those who were and are still isolating or who have tested positive. This community always comes together when times are challenging, and this has been no different. You pulled together to do what was needed to prevent a much worse situation from developing – and many of you heeded the call to support the efforts however you could. Whether it was delivering groceries to families in isolation, or supporting online education efforts, you helped those who were in need. It’s what makes the North such a wonderful place to live – you are the people who make our community special.
“Since this pandemic began, our health care professionals have demonstrated their dedication time and again to protecting NWT residents and their loved ones from COVID-19. We are so grateful for their commitment to keeping us all safe.
“Since the first case was confirmed, a tremendous amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to understand the extent of the spread, and to contain it as quickly as possible. Because of this hard work, not only by the Chief Public Health Officer and her team, but by residents too, we have been able to prevent further spread and community transmission. As we have watched other jurisdictions struggle with rising cases, residents have played an integral role in keeping cases in the NWT low, even during one of the most significant outbreaks we have faced since the pandemic began.
“We wouldn’t be in the position we are with this outbreak if it wasn’t for the collective effort of the community. To everyone who has gone above and beyond to protect the people of the NWT from further spread of this virus, thank you.”