NWT COVID-19 Update

Last modified: 
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 14:02

Below is the NWT COVID-19 Update. The summary includes recent announcements and updates from the Government of the Northwest Territories and is distributed every Wednesday evening. 

If you wish to distribute this brief to the public, feel free to share the GNWT’s COVID-19 NWT Daily Brief Facebook post which will be made every weekday evening on the GNWT Facebook page.

Questions or concerns about COVID-19 in the NWT

Frequently asked questions: www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/questions-and-answers 

Call 8-1-1: Available to callers in the NWT from 8 AM to 8 PM, every day

Email: covid@gov.nt.ca

NWT COVID-19 Weekly Update – as of July 8th, 2020

Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

Current COVID-19 testing and results information are available on this page.

GNWT extends Territorial Public Health Emergency 
The Minister of Health and Social Services Diane Thom has extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the recommendation of Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Kami Kandola. However, the GNWT will not be extending the State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act. More details are available here.

Updates to Long Term Care Services and Elders Day Programs
The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority has begun implementing its Phase 2 visitations guidelines for Long Term Care. Additionally, some Elder’s day programs rules have been updated. For more details visit this page.

Government of the Northwest Territories

GNWT extends selected COVID-19 economic relief measures
The GNWT is extending certain economic relief measures for COVID-19, previously set to expire on June 30, 2020. The GNWT has allocated $557,000 to extend two funding initiatives for licensed child care programs and expects that extending fee waivers will save NWT residents and businesses approximately $5.2 million. For more information, visit the newsroom

GNWT releases Reopening Schools Safely Plan for 2020-2021 school year
All schools are planning to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year with a focus on providing as much in-person education as possible. While details of reopening plans will vary from school to school, the Reopening Schools Safely document provides a high level overview of the general health and safety measures schools will need to take during the upcoming school year to stay aligned with direction from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer on COVID-19. To learn more, visit the newsroom.

Government of Canada

For the latest updates from the Government of Canada, please visit their website.

Important Reminders

Service Inventory
The GNWT has inventoried its program and service changes as a result of COVID-19 and has provided a list of changes or impacts to services here: Program and service availability during COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to check this page frequently for the latest updates about GNWT program and service availability.