General COVID-19 Update - December 3, 2021

Last modified: 
12/03/2021 - 16:41

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NWT Outbreak

Update

Community-Specific Program and Service Updates

Behchokǫ̀

  • The Behchokǫ̀ Driver and Motor Vehicle Issuing Office remains closed until further notice. Clients may book appointments with the Yellowknife Issuing Office.

Fort Providence

  • The Fort Providence Driver and Motor Vehicle Issuing Office is open by appointment only. For more information or to book an appointment, please call (867)-699-3117.

Fort Smith

  • The Fort Smith Driver and Motor Vehicle Issuing Office is currently open for appointments only. Contact 867-872-4132 to make an appointment.

Hay River

  • The Department of Lands office is closed to the public but available by phone and email. 
  • The Arctic Energy Alliance South Slave Regional Office in Hay River is currently closed to the public. Home energy evaluations for existing homes have been temporarily suspended. Evaluations for new, unoccupied homes will continue. Services are still available by contacting the office at 867-874-3434 or by visiting https://aea.nt.ca/contact-us/

Inuvik

  • The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) Beaufort-Delta Regional Office remains closed to the public. The public can call the AEA Beaufort-Delta Regional Office at 867-777-3589 for more information.
  • The Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre and the Inuvik Homeless Shelter are both open and accepting clients. After the fire on Nov. 27-28 individuals wishing to access the Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre are asked to go to 5 Berger Street.

Tuktoyaktuk

  • The Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions Public Health Order will be in effect until 11:59PM on December 5, 2021.
  • Residents requiring isolation are being placed in NWT Housing Corp units. Call 867-977-2321 for more information about isolating in the community.
  • COVID-19 testing has been expanded and is now available to any residents that may have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case or is showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, even very mild symptoms.
  • If residents need transportation for isolation or testing please call 867-766-8650.
  • Canadian Ranger support for the community has been extended until December 5, 2021.
  • Mangilaluk School in Tuktoyaktuk will continue with remote learning for the duration of the Public Health Order.
  • Jason Jacobson Youth Centre Afterschool Program will be closed until further notice.
  • The Tuktoyaktuk Child Development Centre, operated by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, has chosen to close until further notice.
  • The ECE office is closed to the public. All appointments are now being conducted over the phone. Income Assistance applicants can call 867-977-2081 or 1-855-283-9311 to leave a message and request a call back.

Whatı̀

  • The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) Tłı̨chǫ Regional Office has been temporarily closed to the public. The public can call the AEA Tłı̨chǫ Regional Office at 867-573-3030 for more information.

Yellowknife

  • Offices and buildings open to the public have COVID precautions in place. Below is an update on the status of our offices and buildings:
    • Department of Lands offices are closed to the public, but available by phone and email.
    • The Northwest Territories Geological Survey office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Please note that the building doors are now electronically locked, and visitors are encouraged to contact a staff member beforehand to arrange a visit.
    • The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre has reopened to the public (10am-5pm, Tuesday – Sunday). The Discovery Gallery play area remains closed. Proof of vaccination for those over the age of 12 is required for entry.
    • The Yellowknife Driver Examiner Office is open by appointment only. Contact 867-767-9087 to schedule an appointment. The Yellowknife Office continues to perform written and practical driver exams.
    • The Yellowknife Driver and Motor Vehicle Issuing Office is open. Residents are advised to make an appointment, or visit the office Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm - 4 pm for walk-in service. The public is asked to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to opening.

Vaccine update

Children aged 5 to 11 are now eligible to get the Comirnaty (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. Parents and guardians of eligible children across the NWT are now able to book an appointment for their children. Individuals in Yellowknife can book through the online booking system. Individuals in all other communities can book an appointment by contacting their local health centre or view their local clinic hours on the NTHSSA website

A low-stimulus environment vaccination clinic will be hosted for children ages 5-11, from 9:30am-3:00pm on Sunday, December 5th. The clinic will be held at the Stanton Medical Centre, which is located in the building next to Booster Juice/McDonalds. Click here for more details.

Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

OCPHO Guidance and Advice

  • The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) plans to amend self-isolation requirements for children (aged 5 – 11) in the coming weeks who receive a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for details.

Non-essential travel in and out of the community of Tuktoyaktuk is not recommended at this time.

Across the NWT, if there is a positive infection of COVID-19 in your household, the entire household is required to isolate until everyone tests negative for COVID-19.

Department of Infrastructure

Airports

  • All commercial air passengers over the age of 12 departing from Yellowknife Airport (YZF) need to provide proof of vaccination in order to travel by air.  
  • The GNWT understands the flexibility that Transport Canada has provided to NWT travellers will continue for the remainder of the calendar year and that test kits will continue to be made available to unvaccinated travellers at gateway airports (including YZF) allowing unvaccinated travellers to continue travelling with a negative test result.
  • It is not yet clear what the requirements will be for proof of vaccination and/or testing for air travellers in the Northwest Territories beyond the end of 2021. The Government of Canada has stated that it will work with provinces, territories and national indigenous organizations to refine the approach for the next phase of implementation. We expect further information to be available from Transport Canada in the very near future.

Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA)

  • Travel to communities has been suspended until further notice.

Electrical/Mechanical Safety Services

  • All inspections in affected communities have been postponed until further notice.
  • Essential services will continue in Yellowknife. However, the office remains closed to the public.

Highways

Beginning Tuesday, November 30, The GNWT is re-opening Highway 7 at the BC/NWT border near Fort Liard to permit inbound and outbound traffic on the following weekly schedule:

  • Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Fridays from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This adjustment in hours of operation at the border near Fort Liard, is one of a series of changes leading to an eventual re-opening of the BC/NWT border checkpoint at Highway 7.

Residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) must submit a Self-Isolation Plan (SIP) within 24-hours of entry into the NWT, while non-residents must provide an approved SIP at the Highway 7 border checkpoint before they are permitted entry. Due to the lack of internet service at the Highway 7 checkpoint, hard copies of non-resident SIPs must be available for review at the border checkpoint.

All travellers returning to a non-hub community (including Fort Liard) are reminded that as part of any approved SIP returning, they must complete a Day-1 and Day-8 COVID-19 test.

Department of Justice

Court Schedule Changes

  • There have been a number of changes to the court schedules for Territorial Court and Justice of the Peace Court in Yellowknife and for the court circuits in the communities. Please visit www.nwtcourts.ca for more information.

Important Reminders

Mask Mandate

  • Masks are currently mandatory in all public indoor spaces across the NWT. Masking guidance has been updated for people who are at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. Details can be found on our website.

Proof of Vaccination

NWT residents and individuals with out-of-territory health care cards that received at least one vaccination dose in the NWT can request electronic proof of vaccination online on the GNWT COVID-19 website. If you have issues or are unable to use the self-serve option, you can pick up a copy:

  • In Yellowknife: Centre Square Mall, lower level, next to the elevators
  • In all other communities: at your local health centre.

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.
  • Please wait to file your Self-Isolation Plan if asking for an exemption for children who have only had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Those that are travelling due to the birth of a child can request exemption for children that need to travel with them out of territory. 

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.