Wastewater signal detects COVID-19 in Behchokǫ̀

YELLOWKNIFE August 23, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is reporting a detection of the virus causing COVID-19 in the wastewater from Behchokǫ̀.

The signal was detected today. The sample shows a level of virus that suggests individual(s) with COVID-19 was/were in Behchokǫ̀ between August 20 to 23 inclusive.

This signal is unexpected, meaning the OCPHO is unaware of anyone with COVID-19 in the community.

The OCPHO recommends the following public health actions as it continues to monitor the situation:

  •  Isolate immediately and arrange for testing (call the health centre before arriving). 
    • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 in Behchokǫ̀
    • Anyone in Behchokǫ̀ who was present at recent exposure notifications or identified as contacts to COVID-19. See link to exposures: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-exposure-notifications
  • Arrange for testing (call the health centre before arriving). 
    • Anyone who visited any region of NWT with COVID-19 activity between Aug. 10- 23, and who was in Behchokǫ̀ between Aug. 20-23
Currently everyone living or staying in Behchokǫ̀ is advised to:
  • Wear a mask in all indoor public settings.
  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Limit indoor gatherings. It is safest to gather indoors only with your own household until further notice. If you must gather, do it outdoors.
  • Stay home if you are sick.


All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

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