Yellowknife school outbreak officially over after 71st case recovers


A school outbreak declared on May 2 in Yellowknife has officially ended now that the last person to catch COVID-19 has made a full recovery, said the N.W.T.’s chief public health officer in a news release Monday.

In all, 71 confirmed cases were tied to the N.J. Macpherson school outbreak. None were hospitalized. 

The COVID-19 outbreak was the N.W.T.’s largest to date and prompted significant public upset. 

Schools in Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀ , Dettah, and Ndilǫ were closed for two weeks on May 3

Thousands of people were asked to isolate, some for far longer than the usual 14 days as various household members tested positive at different times. 


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