PUBLIC NOTICE – Testing for Return to School for Symptomatic Individuals

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer has issued new guidance for testing for symptomatic students and teachers for return-to-school.

To facilitate this process the NTHSSA has taken the following steps:

  • A new option for Yellowknife online booking has been added with a limited number of reserved slots for return-to-school testing for those who require this in line with the new guidance from OCPHO.
  • Health Care Providers have been made aware of the process for assessments of chronic conditions, as laid out in the new guidance.

It is also important to continue to stay home – or keep children home – when symptomatic until symptoms improve. The only exception being chronic conditions that would present as COVID-like symptoms that would unnecessarily keep children out of school for a prolonged period of time.

If a child has a cold or other illness not caused by chronic symptoms such as allergies, having them present in school may spread this illness to other students. This will increase demand for testing and assessments for everyone and add a burden to the system for access to all types of primary care services.

The NTHSSA will work to ensure testing is accessible but we do expect increased demand and cannot guarantee same day testing or appointments with providers for assessments for those with chronic conditions. For communities outside Yellowknife, please contact your health centre or public health unit.

For Yellowknife residents, testing can be booked by visiting our booking webpage and selecting “JK-Grade 12 Student and School Staff Symptomatic Testing” in our online booking system.

Due to the increase in testing demand, we would like to advise Yellowknife residents to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time. Residents who arrive early will be asked to remain in their vehicles until their scheduled testing appointment time. NTHSSA would like to extend its gratitude for patience from the public as we work to adjust our operations and assess what the level of demand will be.