COVID-19 in Northwest Territories: Schools to reopen on May 17 in Yellowknife – May 12, 2021
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In Yellowknife, Caroline Cochrane, the premier of the Northwest Territories, Julie Green, the minister of health and social services, Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, and Dr. AnneMarie Pegg, the territorial medical director, provide an update on the response to COVID-19 in their jurisdiction. They are joined virtually by R.J. Simpson, the minister of education, culture and employment. The province is aiming to move students back to in-person learning on May 17. Extracurricular and recreational activities can also resume on that date. An outbreak linked to a school in Yellowknife caused school closures and mask mandates in Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilo and Behchokǫ̀. More than 1,000 people were also forced to self-isolate. The premier also comments on flooding from the Mackenzie River that has forced hundreds of Fort Simpson and Jean Marie River residents to evacuate.