Weronika Murray is a photographer based in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Since settling in Canada's North in 2013 she has worked on a wide variety of stories but her personal work often revolves around the issues of sustainability and impacts...
Last week I photographed my colleagues from the Inuvik Fire Department at the self-isolation facility set up in the Mackenzie Hotel while they fogged rooms with medical grade viricide. Room decontamination is a preventative measure to ensure safety of staff and guests staying at the facility. Since the Northwest Territories borders were closed on March 22nd to prevent spread of Covid-19, everyone entering the territory has to undergo a 14-day quarantine in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Fort Smith, or Hay River. Returning residents are not allowed to self-isolate in the smaller communities to avoid overwhelming local health centres if they turned out to be infected, and to ensure that they are close to a hospital for the duration of their 14-day self-isolation. So far there have been 5 cases of Covid-19 in the Northwest Territories, including 1 in Inuvik.