General COVID-19 Update - October 22, 2021

Last modified: 
10/22/2021 - 16:37

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, Hay River and Kátł’odeeche First Nation Reserve.
  • The Behchokǫ̀ Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions order was extended to 11:59PM on October 29, 2021. 
  • A new NWT-Wide Gatherings Order goes into effect at 5:00PM on Friday, October 22. 
  • All previous exemptions for businesses will expire at 5:00PM on Friday, October 22. Businesses, organizations and event coordinators can submit their applications to vary through the COVID-19 website. 

Community Specific Program and Service Updates

Behchokǫ̀

  • Containment order for the community was extended to 11:59PM on October 29, 2021.
  • 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 further notice.

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. An advertising campaign supporting this message with the tag line “Stay home, stay safe” was released in Inuvik on October 15.
  • 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 will return to in-person learning on October 25, 2021.
  • 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 will return to in-person learning on October 25, 2021.
  • Day homes and daycares continue to operate, and all aftercare / out of school programs (both that are housed in school and daycare settings) are able to resume on October 25. Program providers will contact families directly to confirm their specific reopening dates. 
  • GNWT departments are working on plans for re-opening and will be announced when finalized. 
  • 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 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.
    • The Yellowknife’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Office will re-open to the public for walk-in appointments on Monday, November 1, 2021. Appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm - 4 pm. The Public is asked to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to opening and are required to wear a mask.
    • 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/.
    • The Yellowknife Public Health Unit will be operating at reduced services from October 21-November 5, 2021 to facilitate the seasonal flu vaccine clinics alongside COVID vaccine clinics at the Centre Square Mall. Click here for details.

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. 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 until the end of the current public health order. The public can contact the INF South Slave Regional Office by calling (867)874-5000 for more information.

K'atl'odeeche First Nation

  • A Temporary Covid-19 Restrictions Public Health Order went into effect in K’atl’odeeche First Nation Reserve Lands and will expire at 11:59PM on November 2, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Licensed early learning and child care programs remain open for essential services workers only.
  • The Aboriginal head Start program, located in the Chief Sunrise Education Centre, has chosen to close until November 2, 2021.

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.

NTHSSA has also released public notices on medical vaccine exemptions and testing (link) as well as getting vaccinated while pregnant (link).

NWT-wide Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

OCPHO Guidance and Advice

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

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.

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.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has recently made a number of announcements on COVID-19 vaccinations, supports and using proof of vaccination for travel. Canada’s CPHO has also released a statement on national COVID-19 numbers and trends. Click here to read these announcements in full.

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.