Public Notice: Yellowknife Testing Capacity and Contact Notifications for Cases

(Yellow Knife, December 24, 2021) – The capacity for tests and contact notifications in Yellowknife is currently limited. There is a high demand for tests due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and exposures. This is likely due to a higher number of contacts and exposures due to the nature of the holiday season. It also increases the time it takes public health staff to inform contacts of their exposure to positive cases.

Please keep this in mind for your holiday celebration: This is Christmas Day and many health and social services workers had to forego their own time with family and friends to provide services related to COVID-19. This comes in addition to the regular services that are continued around the clock in the operation of the health and social system. Your actions can help limit the spread of COVID-19.


Starting December 26th, additional capacity was added to the Yellowknife test site, but available dates remain limited. You can find the latest information on test operating times at The test site will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Testing is currently only possible by appointment, walk-ins will be accepted again from December 29ththat. You can Book online.

Test capacity is reserved for:

  • People with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Isolation leak test according to your self-isolation plan
  • Basic employee tests
  • Those who have received guidance from public health to get tested

Please note that testing is generally not required for those identified under public exposure reports unless you have symptoms. We encourage everyone to read the exposure notification website and follow the instructions for each exposure site. If you’ve been to an exposure site and a test isn’t required, watch out for symptoms and get tested if symptoms develop.

By making sure we maintain testing capacity in these priority areas, we can ensure that we are best protecting public health with the limited resources available to us. Please do not appear for testing if you do not meet the criteria above. You may be asked to reschedule if you don’t meet the priorities above.

Case contact investigations and notification

Because the number of contacts is identified in each positive case, notification of individual contacts who have been revealed will be delayed for up to three days after the case investigation is complete. So, if you’ve had contact with a positive Covid case, it can take up to 3 days for you to learn about your exposure from public health.

To mitigate this, Public Health is asking positive cases to help notify their close contacts. If someone informs you that you have been in close contact, please isolate yourself, evaluate yourself for symptoms, and wait for public health instructions regarding the tests. Again, you are not allowed to present yourself at the test site unless you have symptoms or have been given instructions.

What can residents do to help?

If you have symptoms, get tested. When traveling to the NWT, limit your contacts for the first 72 hours. If you received rapid tests, use them on arrival and after 72 hours and isolate if you get a positive result. If you get a positive result, you will need to isolate yourself until you are tested and assessed at a testing site. Finally, all residents can help by following healthy habits, wearing a mask, limiting contact, staying home if you have any symptoms, and getting vaccinated if they haven’t already.

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