As many families isolate themselves in Yellowknife, a NWT minister affected by the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic in the city shared an emotional message of empathy and support.
On Tuesday evening, the territorial government said there were 20 confirmed and seven probable cases of Covid-19 associated with the NJ Macpherson School cluster in Yellowknife. About 1,000 people in the city are isolating themselves.
Caroline Wawzonek, Member of Parliament for Yellowknife South and Minister of Industry and Finance for the NWT, posted a statement on Twitter in which she described “an extremely difficult period emotionally and psychologically”.
She and her children are in contact with the cluster, Wawzonek said, adding that they will soon be tested for Covid-19.
“I have personally struggled between grief and anger. I am terrified for my children and the children of my friends, ”she wrote.
“People deserve their elected leaders to act like leaders. I believe that includes leading with empathy. I want people to know that I am feeling the effects of this epidemic very personally. “
Wawzonek encouraged residents to “stay strong,” to continue to follow protocols and to support those who isolate themselves.
A Facebook group was set up earlier this week to help isolated families with groceries and other essentials.“We once went through a tough lockdown and we can overcome these widespread isolations as well,” Wawzonek wrote.
The minister said she and Constituency Assistant Sarah Kalnay-Watson will continue to educate residents on social media and answer questions from voters.
“I promise to channel my feelings into action and do my best in my role to be ready for whatever comes next,” she wrote. “I am convinced that even with this frightening blackout, the light is still on at the end of the tunnel.”
Wawzonek is not the only politician in the NWT to isolate himself.
Kam Lake MP Caitlin Cleveland announced on Monday that she had been identified as close contact with Covid-19 and was in self-isolation.
“For the past 14 months I was the one doing the shopping and the groceries because others have isolated themselves and it’s a very different feeling,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
On April 27, NWT Deputy Premier and Inuvik Boot Lake MP Diane Archie said she was isolating herself after the row she sat in on a Canadian North flight was included in a Covid-19 exposure notice.
“It is an uneasy feeling to learn that I may have been exposed to Covid-19 and that the virus is in Inuvik, but I am comforted by the fact that the public health orders in place have been working for more. one year”. she said at the time.
“I am convinced that if we all continue to follow public health measures, we can help reduce the spread of the virus in our territory, and possibly start doing the things we love again.”