COVID-19 Daily Briefing: April 8, 2020

Below is the COVID-19 NWT Daily Brief. The brief includes recent announcements and updates from the Government of the Northwest Territories and is distributed on weekdays.

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Questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 in the NWT

April 8, 2020 key announcements

Enforcement taskforce to beef up protection of NWT residents 
Premier Cochrane, Minister Thom, and NWT Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola announced the formation of the NWT Compliance and Enforcement Taskforce with the mandate to strengthen the territory’s public health enforcement actions to protect the public health of all NWT residents. Click here to read the news release.

WSCC announces additional financial relief measures for employers
The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) today announced relief measures for employers who are unable to make their WSCC assessment payments as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  For more info, please go to the WSCC website.

Latest Public Health Updates

Current COVID-19 testing and results information are available on the Health and Social Services website.

Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority services
The NTHSSA has adjusted services territorially. For information on current service levels visit . This website will be updated as the situation changes.

Visitation limitations announced
Visitation to acute care sites will be limited to one person per day and limited to pediatrics, labour and delivery, palliative care, and ICU patients only. More info on visitation restrictions and process is available here.

Important Reminders

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. 

Office of Chief Public Health Officer recommends residents wear reusable or disposable face masks  
The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer now advises residents use coverings when in public places. To find out more about this recommendation or how to create effective face coverings, visit the HSS website

Canada Emergency Response Benefit 
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. For more info, go to:

Government of Canada

For the latest updates from the Government of Canada, please visit:

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April 8, 2020