PUBLIC NOTICE: Yellowknife Testing Clinic Closure on December 23

Public Notice

(Yellowknife – December 19, 2022) The Yellowknife COVID-19 Testing Clinic on Archibald Street will close permanently on December 23, 2022. If you need COVID-19 rapid tests, they will continue to be available at Yellowknife City Hall, the Fieldhouse, and the Visitor Centre.

As testing guidance has changed in the Northwest Territories demand for in-person testing has dropped, over the past month an average of less than 5 people have been tested each day.

Testing at a health facility will be provided only on request from a healthcare provider who requires this information to inform advice or treatment. Residents who are in high-risk groups and believe they have COVID-19 should consult with a healthcare provider for guidance on testing and treatment options.

Anyone who has respiratory virus symptoms or who has a mild illness that they are have questions about managing at home is encouraged to call 811 for basic over-the-phone medical advice delivered by a Nurse.

With increased gatherings over the holiday season, the public is encouraged to take all the necessary precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, especially if you are at risk or exposed to COVID-19. Stay home if you are sick, wear a mask if you are feeling unwell and must go to public places.

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and influenza is the best way to prevent severe illness from these viruses. Online booking for vaccinations in Yellowknife are available here. For all other communities contact your local health centre or public health unit to find out about vaccine appointments or upcoming clinic opportunities.

If you are experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses, such as chest pain or shortness of breath call 911 or present at your health centre or local emergency department.  

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