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08/24/2021

COVID-19 outbreak grows in N.W.T., military and Red Cross nurses deployed

Yellowknife–A COVID-19 outbreak in the Northwest Territories has grown to 219 cases.

There are 190 cases in the Sahtu region in the territory's northwest, including 74 cases in Colville Lake and 84 cases in Fort Good Hope.

Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake are currently under a 10-day lockdown period to contain the spread.

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The territory says fewer than five people have been hospitalized.

There are also 27 cases in Yellowknife, the territory's capital city, and several exposure notices have been sent out about events held across the N.W.T.

This is the territory's biggest COVID-19 outbreak to date, after a hand games tournament in the Sahtu region in early August was considered a super-spreader event.

The Canadian Rangers and nurses with the Canadian Red Cross have also been deployed to the region at the request of the territorial government.

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