COVID-19 Update - September 20, 2021

Last modified: 
09/20/2021 - 17:20

Information about COVID-19 in the NWT

Changes are highlighted in yellow.

Exposure Notices

Current Health Orders

Covid-19 Testing Eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions

Email: covid@gov.nt.ca

Email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca or call 8-1-1: Available to callers in the NWT from 8am – 6pm, every day

 

NWT Outbreak

Update

  • Territorial Emergency Management Organization (EMO) is activated and working with Regional EMOs.
  • Regional EMOs are activated and working with communities to assess needs and provide support.
  • Regional and Territorial EMOs are working with communities, departments and other stakeholders to verify inventories of isolation capacity in all communities.
  • Canadian Rangers have been requested to provide assistance to Regional EMOs (REMOs) in communities affected by the current outbreak. They will be activated at the community level and Regional EMOs will task them with providing assistance on the ground. Canadian Ranger activation has been extended until October 1, 2021.
  • COVID Secretariat has Compliance and Enforcement Officers in all the regions focusing on education and information on Public Health Orders while supporting local community leadership and other GNWT departments responding to the current outbreak. 
  • NTHSSA is offering COVID-19 testing to all patients when they are admitted to hospital or before certain procedures. Click here for more details.
  • Regional Department of Infrastructure (INF) staff continue to keep in close contact with the Senior Administrative Officers (SAOs) in Sahtu communities for information-sharing purposes.
  • INF continues to transport people testing positive to the Health Clinic and to their temporary housing.

Community Specific Program and Service Updates

Behchokǫ̀

  • The North Slave REMO will be maintaining regular contact with the Tłı̨chǫ Community Government to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • Students in Behchokǫ̀ transitioned to remote learning following a containment order issued for the community on September 8, 2021.
  • Daycare services in Behchokǫ̀ are pivoting to providing services only to families of essential service workers.
  • The ECE office is closed to the public; however, services continue to be offered remotely. All appointments are now being conducted over the phone.
  • CJBS Child Development Centre, located in Chief Jimmy Bruneau School, is currently closed.
  • Aurora College programming in the community of Behchokǫ̀ has been postponed. New start dates will be announced once that information is available.
  • Information about specific services and supports available to students will be shared with students through their “myAuroraCollege” email, www.auroracollege.nt.ca and social media (Aurora College Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • The Behchokǫ̀ Driver and Motor Vehicle Issuing Office will be closed until further notice. Clients will be directed to book essential appointments with the Yellowknife Issuing Office.
  • The Technology Service Centre (TSC) is working with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and the Education Board in Behchokǫ̀ on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Behchokǫ̀.
  • Repair work on units in Behchokǫ̀, Whatı̀, and Gamètı̀ being conducted by Tłı̨chǫ construction companies may be delayed.

Colville Lake

  • The community has stood down their EMO and have advised they will no longer require support from the Canadian Rangers.
  • Students will continue with remote learning until October 1st, per the decision of the local District Education Authority.
  • ECE clients are being assisted through the Délı̨nę and Tulita offices.

Délı̨nę

  • Two Canadian Rangers will remain active in the community until September 17.  After this date, Ranger support in Sahtu communities will no longer be required. Community officials have been advised.
  • The placement of a six-month order of PPE for community members is being arranged.
  • Students will continue with remote learning until October 1st, per the decision of the local District Education Authority.
  • ECE office is open to the public with appointments conducted by in person or by phone. All Covid-19 protocols in place.
  • Délı̨nę Housing Association office remains closed to the public at this time. Office phones are being monitored.

Fort Good Hope

  • Two Canadian Rangers will remain active in the community until September 17.  After this date, Ranger support in Sahtu communities will no longer be required. Community officials have been advised.
  • Students in grades 7-9 will return to learning on Monday September 27.
  • Students in grades JK-6 will remain on remote-learning until further notice.
  • ECE clients are being assisted through the Délı̨nę and Tulita offices.
  • Radilih Koe Housing Association is now open to the public, with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place.

Norman Wells

  • MACA’s Norman Wells staff have returned to the office now that the containment order has been lifted.
  • Two Canadian Rangers will remain active in the community until September 17.  After this date, Ranger support in Sahtu communities will no longer be required. Community officials have been advised.
  • The Norman Wells Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to appointments only until further notice. Contact 867-587-2089 to make an appointment.
  • The Arctic Energy Alliance Sahtu office in Norman Wells is temporarily closed to in-person services, but can still be reached by phone (867-587-2354) or email.
  • The Technology Service Centre (TSC) is working with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and the Sahtu Education Board on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Norman Wells. TSC and ECE have delivered turbo sticks to Sahtu contacts via Northwright Air.
  • A six-month supply of PPE will be placed shortly. Collaboration continues with the communities.
  • INF continues work with the Town of Norman Wells to house people impacted by COVID-19. People that test positive are being housed away from residents who have not tested positive.
  • INF continues to assist with transporting individuals testing positive to the Health Center.
  • INF and the EMO continue to assist people impacted by COVID-19 with housing issues.
  • The Sahtú ECE Service Centre is open to the public with COVID measures in place. Appointments are available in person or over the phone.
  • The NWTHC’s Sahtu District Office in Norman Wells has reopened to the public with appropriate COVID precautions in place.
  • Department of Land’s Norman Wells staff have returned to the office.

Tulita

  • The community’s State of Local Emergency has been extended to September 22, 2021.
  • The community has advised that Canadian Ranger support is no longer required.
  • ECE office is open to the public with appointments conducted in person or by phone. All Covid-19 protocols in place.
  • The TSC is working with the ECE and the Sahtu Education Board on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Tulita. TSC and ECE have delivered turbo sticks to Sahtu contacts via Northwright Air.
  • The placement of a six-month order of PPE for community members is being arranged.
  • The Tulita Housing Authority office is now open to the public, with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place.

Yellowknife

  • The Territorial EMO is providing logistical support to Housing, NTHSSA, and the COVID Secretariat with the setting up of additional isolation centres in Yellowknife.
  • Health services may be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 response. Please click here for details.
  • All services offered by the combined Day and Sobering Centre will be suspended until further notice due to further staffing shortages related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. More details can be found here.
  • The GNWT is currently working on the establishment of a temporary shelter in Yellowknife.
  • The Chief Public Health Officer has amended the COVID-19 Gatherings Public Health Order to include all schools in Yellowknife, Dettah and N’Dilo. Therefore in-class learning will be closed in these communities from September 14 to September 24, 2021. Day homes and daycares can continue to operate, but all aftercare / out of school programs (both that are housed in school and daycare settings) will be closed.
  • The Yellowknife Community Daycare Association closed its program from September 15 to September 17 in response to a COVID positive case within their setting.
  • The North Slave (Yellowknife) ECE Service Centre is open to the public but with COVID measures in place. It is recommended that required documents be dropped off or submitted electronically and that appointments be conducted via phone.
  • The SFA office (Yellowknife) is open to the public, but with COVID measures in place.
  • Employment Standards office is closed to the public. Some services continue to be offered remotely
  • Aurora College’s scheduled programming in the communities of Yellowknife and Ndilǫ/Dettah, will be temporarily delivered online from Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 24.
  • College facilities in Yellowknife will remain open and a small number of staff will be available to provide student support. No programming is scheduled for the Ndılǫ/Dettah Community Learning Centre during September.
  • Information about specific services and supports available to students will be shared with students through their “myAuroraCollege” email, www.auroracollege.nt.ca and social media (Aurora College Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Yellowknife Housing Authority is currently maintaining normal operations, with added COVID safety protocols in place.
  • There have been a number of changes to the court schedules for Territorial Court and Justice of the Peace Court in Yellowknife. Please visit www.nwtcourts.ca for more information.
  • The Yellowknife Driver and Motor Vehicle Issuing Office and Yellowknife Driver Examiner Office is open by appointment only. Previously standing appointments will be served as scheduled. Physical distancing will remain in effect, and masks are required for service. Contact 867-767-9087 to schedule an appointment.
  • Only travellers, flight crews and airport staff are permitted inside the Yellowknife (YZF) airport until further notice. Individuals dropping someone off or picking up must not enter the terminal. Physical distancing inside the building remains in effect.
  • Required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer will be distributed to essential INF staff.
  • INF is supporting GNWT staff as they transition to remote working environments. This includes sourcing laptops and mobile devices.
  • INF is providing support to Health and Social Services (HSS) call centers and with virtual care that allows NWT physicians to treat patients online when possible.
  • INF is providing 4 vehicles for use by the COVID Secretariat and Red Cross.
  • Highway construction and operations will continue.
  • TSC is working with the Department of ECE and the various Education Boards in Yellowknife on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Yellowknife.
  • Department of Lands offices are closed to the public, but available by phone and email.
  • The Northwest Territories Geologic Survey office is closed, with email and phone contact info on front door, and on ITI website and social platforms. Staff are responding to email as normal.
  • The Fur Shop in ITI’s Arts Office will be closed until September 23. There is a sign on the door with a contact number and email, and a post on the Facebook page.
  • Fred Henne, Prelude and Reid Lake Territorial Parks have updated COVID protocols in place, posted on the nwtparks.ca website. Information posted on social media platforms with contact information.
  • The YKDFN Housing office in N'Dilo remains open.

Fort Providence

  • The Fort Providence Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to walk-in appointments on a first come, first serve basis. Hours are 10:30 to 15:00 every second Wednesday of the month.
  • Deh Gah Youth Centre Afterschool Program is closed until further notice.

Fort Smith

  • The Fort Smith Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to appointments only until further notice. Contact 867-872-4132 to make an appointment.

Łutselk’e

  • The Łutselk’e School closed on September 10, 2021 in response to COVID positive cases in the community. A re-opening date has not yet been set.
  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for Łutselk’e on September 22, 2021 is cancelled and postponed to November 10, 2021.

Ulukhaktok

  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for Ulukhaktok September 21-22, 2021 is cancelled and postponed to December 6, 2021.

Whatı̀

  • Students in Whatı̀ have transitioned to remote learning following a containment order issued for the community on September 11, 2021.
  • The ECE office is closed to the public; however, services continue to be offered remotely through the North Slave (Yellowknife) ECE Service Centre. All appointments are now being conducted over the phone. 
  • Whatı̀ Daycare is currently closed.
  • TSC is working with the ECE and the Education Board on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Whatı̀.
  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for Whatı̀ on September 21, 2021 is cancelled and postponed to November 9, 2021.
  • The Whatı̀ Local Housing Organization office is closed to the public.
  • Repair work on units in Behchokǫ̀, Whatı̀, and Gamètı̀ being conducted by Tłı̨chǫ construction companies may be delayed.

Hay River

  • The Hay River Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to public with the restriction of 4 clients in office at once.  Services are provided by Norland Agencies who is the private MV issuing office.  All guidelines of the CPHO are being followed.

Kátł’odeeche First Nation

  • Kátł’odeeche First Nation’s State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has expired.  The community government has asked residents to stay home and maintain heightened awareness until September 26.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

Residents of the NWT can register for a COVID-19 vaccination or request additional information about vaccination by submitting their information through the COVID-19 Vaccination Request Web form. By registering, residents will receive advance notice of when vaccination clinics are being offered in their communities. Residents needing more information about the vaccine can put in a request and a health care professional will reach out to them to provide more information so that they can make an informed choice on whether to be vaccinated. Residents can also find out about local vaccination clinics by calling their health centre.

NTHSSA is now recommending a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for people who are severely immunocompromised and essential front-line health care workers at high-risk of exposure in Yellowknife and Behchoko (prioritized for a third dose due to the ongoing COVID outbreak in these areas). Please click here for details.

NWT-wide Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

OCPHO Guidance and Advice

Exposure notices have been announced for Chase the Act at the Legion Hay River on September 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Dog House Sports Pub in Hay River on September 17 from 9:45 to 11:00 p.m. Please click the link below for more details.

Communities that are currently experiencing community transmission: Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, and Whatì.

Any public place could result in an exposure to COVID-19.  The OCPHO will not provide routine public exposure notifications in Yellowknife but will list high risk public exposures requiring further action.

OCPHO will continue to list public exposures in communities without known community transmission.

Visit our website for a full list of all current public exposure notifications.

If you are traveling internally within the NWT from an area with community transmission (Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, and Whatì) to another community it is recommended that you complete Day 1 and Day 8 testing at your destination.  Please contact the health centre of the community you are arriving into, prior to leaving, to arrange testing.  Click here for information on how to arrange testing. The CPHO advises against non-essential travel to and from Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, N’Dilo and Yellowknife at this time to protect against transmission to other communities.

The CPHO recommends that where possible businesses accommodate work from home arrangements for their employees for the duration of the amended September 9, 2021 order restricting gatherings.

Department of Infrastructure

  • INF regional staff are complying with Office of the Chief Public Health Officer orders and recommendations to ensure the safety of themselves and others. Travel into communities is limited to essential work only and appropriate precautions (such as PPE) are to be adhered to while in communities.
  • INF has reinstated all Exposure Control Plan Hazard Control Methods in GNWT office buildings. These plans identify all the necessary hazards and the control methods (such as limited occupancy in bathrooms, kitchens, vehicles and elevators, as well as entry logbooks for workplaces and vehicles) to reduce or eliminate identified risks.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols also remain in effect in GNWT-owned office buildings.
  • Masks are required in all public areas, including common spaces in government buildings such as lobbies, reception areas and elevators.
  • TSC is providing support for all IT-related requirements for the remote work directive issued by the GNWT for all staff in the North Slave region.  We continue to provide essential IT-support services to maintain the required access levels by GNWT Staff. TSC is prioritizing the available loaner laptops for HSS/NTHSSA/CCS staff.

Ferries:

  • It is recommended that all passengers remain in their vehicles.
  • Ferry staff are required to wear a mask, passengers are recommended to wear a mask if exiting their vehicles.

Airports:

  • All airport staff and travellers are required to wear a mask inside all 27 GNWT airport terminal buildings.
  • INF contractors continue to ensure airports are sanitized.
  • INF has offered support, supplies and advice to airport contract holders in the Sahtu Region.

Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Offices (GNWT-operated offices only):

  • Clients are required to wear a mask and staff are required to wear a mask when in common areas.

Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Offices (non GNWT-operated offices):

  • They are following all guidelines and orders of the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer.

Fuel Services Division (FSD)

  • The 2021 resupply of fuel for the Sahtu communities (Fort Good Hope, Colville Lake, Délı̨nę, and Tulita) has been completed. Deliveries of fuel to the Inuvialuit Settlement Region communities are in progress. Delivery to Ulukhaktok is complete, with deliveries to Sachs Harbour and Paulatuk scheduled next.
  • FSD staff are required to wear masks, physically distance wherever possible, and regularly sanitize their hands.

Marine Transportation Services (MTS):

  • Covid-19 mitigation protocols remain in place, including:
    • Deck freight for all communities will be offloaded by MTS operators and placed at laydown area near the beach for retrieval by community forces.
    • MTS vessel crews will not make physical contact with community members.
  • Additional protocols have been adopted, including:
    • Access to the MTS Shipyard is being managed by Safety/Security personnel.
    • Masking is required in common areas.

Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA):

  • Masking is required in all common areas of AEA offices.
  • Outside visitors to offices are required to wear a mask.
  • For travel to communities, the AEA will follow the guidance provided by the NWT Chief Public Health Officer as well as the wishes of the community.

Electrical/Mechanical Safety Services:

  • All inspections in affected communities have been postponed until further notice.
  • Essential Services will continue in Yellowknife, however the office will be closed to the public.

Important reminders and notices

Mask Mandate

Masks are currently mandatory in all public indoor spaces across the NWT. Details can be found on our website.

Travel, Isolation, and Testing Advice

Questions about self-isolation related to travel are best answered by ProtectNWT through their email address protectNWT@gov.nt.ca or by calling 8-1-1. 

If you are seeking medical advice please call public health or your local medical centre.  Please click here for the contact information for all of the NWT Community Health Centres.

If you are planning to travel outside of the NWT or Canada please review the vaccination or other travel requirements of the jurisdiction you intend to visit prior to your departure. 

Emergency Leave under the Employment Standards Act

On July 1, 2021, the GNWT amended the NWT Employment Standards Act to introduce Emergency Leave, which allows workers to access unpaid leave when they are unable to work because of an emergency. NWT workers who are unable to work because they are required to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for this leave. For more information, please contact the Employment Standards Office.

Phone: (867) 767-9351 ext 71469
Toll Free: (888) 700-5707
Email: employment_standards@gov.nt.ca
For more information, please visit www.ece.gov.nt.ca/employmentstandards   

School Health and Safety Plans

Please visit this page for back to school information.

Call 8-1-1

Available 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week.

  • Call 1-833-378-8297 if outside NWT.
  • Email protectnwt@gov.nt.ca with any questions on public health orders, enforcement, travel restrictions, and self-isolation.

8-1-1 operators will:

  • Answer questions about COVID-19.
  • Determine if you should contact your local health centre to arrange for testing using an assessment guide.
  • Accept credible, specific complaints about individuals allegedly not following public health orders for further consideration.
  • Provide contact information to local healthcare providers and resources.
  • Provide contact information to other services as requested.

8-1-1 operators will not:

  • Provide specific isolation instructions for individuals that require an assessment by Public Health.
  • Provide medical advice on symptoms or other healthcare questions. Residents should contact their primary health care provider or local health centre if they have symptoms, require testing, or have questions about their personal medical circumstances. 
  • Provide pharmaceutical information. Residents should instead contact their local pharmacy and/or health care professional. 
  • Determine the order of priority of who will be seen in a health centre or hospital.