General COVID-19 Update - October 20, 2021

Last modified: 
10/20/2021 - 16:44

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

  • Public Health Orders are in effect for Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, Ndilǫ, Yellowknife, Hay River, and Kátł’odeeche First Nation Reserve.
  • The GNWT has announced a voluntary COVID-19 at-home student screening program to help protect the unvaccinated NWT student population (ages 5-11). Click here for more details.
  • A recent amendment to the Liquor Regulations will allow NWT liquor stores to sell and provide home delivery of liquor to customers, including those who are in isolation due to COVID-19. Click here for more details.

Community Specific Program and Service Updates

Behchokǫ̀

  • In-person learning is expected to resume for students in Behchokǫ̀ once the current public health order ends.
  • CJBS Child Development Centre, located in Chief Jimmy Bruneau School, is currently closed.
  • GNWT staff are working remotely where appropriate. Below is an update on the status of our offices:
    • The ECE office is closed to the public. All appointments are now being conducted over the phone.
    • 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.

Colville Lake

  • ECE clients are being assisted through the Délı̨nę and Tulita offices.

Délı̨nę

  • Délı̨nę Housing Association office remains closed to the public at this time. Office phones are being monitored.

Dettah

  • Kaw Tay Whee in Dettah remains closed to in person learning until the current public health order ends.

Fort Good Hope

  • ECE clients are being assisted through the Délı̨nę and Tulita offices.

Gamètı̀

  • The Local Housing Organization office is closed to the public. Emergency contact: 867-365-0136.

Inuvik

  • There is evidence of early community transmission being seen in the community.  The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer encourages all residents to practice healthy habits. 
  • The Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) Beaufort-Delta Regional Office has been temporarily closed to the public. The public can call the AEA Beaufort-Delta Regional Office at (867)777-3589 for more information.
  • The Inuvik Homeless Shelter at 185 Kingmingya Road reopened on Saturday, October 16.  The number for the shelter is 867-777-2725. Individuals who have not been tested for COVID-19 and cleared will not be allowed in the shelter. The Isolation Centre (Mackenzie Hotel) will accept everyone who needs a place to stay while they are tested, waiting for the results and isolating if required. The Inuvik Emergency Warming Centre will be prepared to open upon staff members being released from isolation. 

Ndılǫ

  • K’alemi Dene School in Ndılǫ remains closed to in person learning until the current public health order ends.
  • All Yellowknives Dene early learning and child care programs (four in total) will be closed for the month of October.

Tuktoyaktuk

  • The Jason Jacobsen Youth Centre After School Program is currently closed at the discretion of the program, with no reopening date scheduled at this time.

Yellowknife

  • Schools in Yellowknife, Ndılǫ and Dettah are closed to in-person learning until the current public health order ends. Day homes and daycares can continue to operate, but all aftercare / out of school programs (both that are housed in school and daycare settings) are closed. In cases where licensed programs are affected by exposure notices and/or COVID-19 cases, temporary closures are in effect.
  • GNWT staff are working remotely where appropriate. Offices and buildings open to the public have COVID precautions in place. Below is an update on the status of our offices and buildings:
    • The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre will be closed to the public for the duration of the current public health order.
    • Employment Standards office is closed to the public. Some services continue to be offered remotely.
    • 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. Practical driver testing will be cancelled for the duration of the current CPHO order. The Yellowknife Office continues to perform written driver exams. Contact 867-767-9087 to schedule an appointment.
    • Department of Lands offices are closed to the public, but available by phone and email.
    • The Northwest Territories Geological 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.
    • Beginning October 18, the Artisan Fur Shop on the second floor of Scotia Centre is available by appointment: Tuesdays from 9am-12pm, Wednesdays from 1-4pm, and Fridays from 9am-12pm. To schedule an appointment, please email fursales@gov.nt.ca or call 867-767-9219 ext. 63108 and leave a message with your preferred time.
    • The Arctic Energy Alliance Yellowknife office is closed to the public. The public can contact the AEA Yellowknife office by calling (867)920-3333 or by email through the AEA website: https://aea.nt.ca/contact-us/.

Fort Providence

  • The Fort Providence Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office 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

  • Łutsel K'e Dene School will be closed to in-person learning until further notice, at the discretion of the local District Education Authority.
  • The Local Housing Organization office is closed to the public. Emergency contact: 867-785-0756.

Whatı̀

  • GNWT staff are working remotely where appropriate. Below is an update on the status of our offices and buildings:
    • 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.
    • The Whatı̀ Local Housing Organization office is closed to the public.

Hay River

  • In-person learning has been suspended in all Hay River schools under the current Gathering Order. Schools will pivot to remote learning over the next few days. Families will be contacted directly by their school with further information.
  • The Hay River Public Library will be closed to the public for the duration of the Public Health Order. Online services and curbside pick-up of library items will be available.
  • GNWT staff are working remotely where appropriate. Below is an update on the status of our offices and buildings:
    • The Hay River Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to public with the restriction of four clients in the office at once. Driver examination services are suspended until further notice.  The South Slave Regional Office will be contacting clients to reschedule affected appointments. Updates will follow as situation is monitored.
    • The Department of Lands office is closed to the public but available by phone and email. 
    • ECE Service Centre is open to the public. When possible documents should be dropped off or submitted electronically and appointments conducted via phone.
    • The INF South Slave Regional Office is closed to the general public. The public can contact the INF South Slave Regional Office by calling (867)874-5000 for more information.

K'atl'odeeche First Nation

  • In-person learning has been suspended at the Chief Sunrise Education Center under the current Containment Order. The school has pivoted to remote learning. Families will be contacted directly by their school with further information.

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.

The eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine is being expanded to include additional age groups. Please click here for details.

NWT-wide Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

OCPHO Guidance and Advice

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has announced an extension to the COVID-19 Gatherings Order-Yellowknife, Dettah, and N’dilǫ. The Behchokǫ̀ containment order has also been extended. Both have been extended until Friday October 22, 2021 at 5:00PM. There is no intention to further extend these orders at this time.

The CPHO has announced a containment order for Kátł’odeeche First Nation Reserve Lands and a Gatherings Order for Hay River. Both will remain in effect until 11:59PM on November 2, 2021, unless extended.

Visit our website to view all the current public health orders.

New public exposure notifications have been announced for various locations and dates/times in Yellowknife and Hay River.

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

Department of Infrastructure

Fuel Services Division

  • The 2021 marine resupply program is complete except for one final delivery for Inuvik, which is in progress and completion is expected by mid-November.
  • Final top-up deliveries for road-accessible communities is progressing and will be concluded by the end of October.

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.

Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA)

  • Home energy evaluations for existing homes have been temporarily suspended. Evaluations for new, unoccupied homes will continue.

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.

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 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. 

All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, entering the NWT are required to submit a Self Isolation Plan (SIP).  The recommendation for travellers submitting a SIP is to complete it prior to traveling and to allow 5-7 business days, from the date of submission, for processing.

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. 

Proof of Vaccination

NWT residents can now request electronic proof of vaccination online on the GNWT COVID-19 website. This self-service online form will provide residents with a proof of vaccination in a format that is consistent across Canada and meets federal travel requirements. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the COVID-19 website or call Protect NWT at 811 or 1-833-378-9297 if you have any questions.

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.