COVID-19 Update – September 22, 2021 | GNWT's Response to COVID-19 – Government of Northwest Territories


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NWT Outbreak

Update

  • Territorial Emergency Management Organization (EMO) is activated and working with Regional EMOs.
  • Regional EMOs are activated and working with communities to assess needs and provide support.
  • Regional and Territorial EMOs are working with communities, departments, and other stakeholders to verify inventories of isolation capacity in all communities.
  • Canadian Rangers have been requested to provide assistance to Regional EMOs in communities affected by the current outbreak. They will be activated at the community level and Regional EMOs will task them with providing assistance on the ground. The RFA for Canadian Ranger support has been extended until October 1, 2021, currently there are no Rangers activated in any NWT community.
  • COVID Secretariat has Compliance and Enforcement Officers in all the regions focusing on education and information on Public Health Orders while supporting local community leadership and other GNWT departments responding to the current outbreak. 
  • NTHSSA is offering COVID-19 testing to all patients when they are admitted to hospital or before certain procedures. Click here for more details.

Community Specific Program and Service Updates

Behchokǫ̀

  • The North Slave REMO will be maintaining regular contact with the Tłı̨chǫ Community Government to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • Students in Behchokǫ̀ transitioned to remote learning following a containment order issued for the community on September 8, 2021.
  • Daycare services in Behchokǫ̀ are pivoting to providing services only to families of essential service workers.
  • The ECE office is closed to the public; however, services continue to be offered remotely. All appointments are now being conducted over the phone.
  • CJBS Child Development Centre, located in Chief Jimmy Bruneau School, is currently closed.
  • Aurora College programming in the community of Behchokǫ̀ has been postponed. New start dates will be announced once that information is available.
  • Information about specific services and supports available to students will be shared with students through their “myAuroraCollege” email, www.auroracollege.nt.ca and social media (Aurora College Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • 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.
  • The Technology Service Centre (TSC) is working with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and the Education Board in Behchokǫ̀ on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Behchokǫ̀.
  • Repair work on units in Behchokǫ̀, Whatı̀, and Gamètı̀ being conducted by Tłı̨chǫ construction companies may be delayed.

Colville Lake

  • The Sahtu REMO will be maintaining regular contact with regional Community Governments to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • Students will continue with remote learning until October 1st, per the decision of the local District Education Authority.
  • ECE clients are being assisted through the Délı̨nę and Tulita offices.

Délı̨nę

  • The Sahtu REMO will be maintaining regular contact with regional Community Governments to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • Students will continue with remote learning until October 1st, per the decision of the local District Education Authority.
  • ECE office is open to the public with appointments conducted by in person or by phone. All Covid-19 protocols in place.
  • Délı̨nę Housing Association office remains closed to the public at this time. Office phones are being monitored.

Fort Good Hope

  • The Sahtu REMO will be maintaining regular contact with regional Community Governments to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • Students in grades 7-9 will return to learning on Monday September 27.
  • Students in grades JK-6 will remain on remote-learning until further notice.
  • ECE clients are being assisted through the Délı̨nę and Tulita offices.
  • Radilih Koe Housing Association is now open to the public, with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place.

Fort Resolution

  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for September 29, 2021 has been cancelled and postponed to November 24, 2021.
  • The Justices of the Peace Court sitting scheduled for September 27, 2021 has been cancelled and postponed to November 22, 2021.

Inuvik

  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for September 28 & 29, 2021 have been cancelled and postponed to October 13, 2021.

Norman Wells

  • The Sahtu REMO will be maintaining regular contact with regional Community Governments to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • The Norman Wells Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to appointments only until further notice. Contact 867-587-2089 to make an appointment.
  • The Arctic Energy Alliance Sahtu office in Norman Wells is temporarily closed to in-person services, but can still be reached by phone (867-587-2354) or email.
  • The Technology Service Centre (TSC) is working with the Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and the Sahtu Education Board on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Norman Wells. TSC and ECE have delivered turbo sticks to Sahtu contacts via Northwright Air.
  • A six-month supply of PPE will be placed shortly. Collaboration continues with the communities.
  • INF continues work with the Town of Norman Wells to house people impacted by COVID-19. People that test positive are being housed away from residents who have not tested positive.
  • INF continues to assist with transporting individuals testing positive to the Health Center.
  • INF and the EMO continue to assist people impacted by COVID-19 with housing issues.
  • The Sahtú ECE Service Centre is open to the public with COVID measures in place. Appointments are available in person or over the phone.
  • The NWTHC’s Sahtu District Office in Norman Wells has reopened to the public with appropriate COVID precautions in place.
  • Department of Land’s Norman Wells staff have returned to the office.

Tulita

  • The community’s State of Local Emergency ends at midnight September 22, 2021.
  • The Sahtu REMO will be maintaining regular contact with regional Community Governments to maintain situational awareness and determine if any assistance from the EMO is required.
  • ECE office is open to the public with appointments conducted in person or by phone. All Covid-19 protocols in place.
  • The TSC is working with the ECE and the Sahtu Education Board on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Tulita. TSC and ECE have delivered turbo sticks to Sahtu contacts via Northwright Air.
  • The Tulita Housing Authority office is now open to the public, with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place.

Yellowknife

  • The Territorial EMO is providing logistical support to Housing, NTHSSA, and the COVID Secretariat with the setting up of additional isolation centres in Yellowknife.
  • Details on COVID-19 services in Yellowknife can be found here.
  • NTHSSA has released a public notice on limitations of oxygen supply at Stanton Territorial Hospital. This issue is currently being addressed and managed. Patients who need acute care services, whether related to COVID-19 or otherwise, are still being adequately cared for. This notice is being provided as a precaution to let residents know there may be further impacts should case counts increase and in turn put demands on our acute care services and as a reminder to residents to follow public health guidance, and to get vaccinated, to prevent hospitalizations in the first place. Please click here for the full notice.
  • Health services may be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 response. Please click here for details.
  • All services offered by the combined Day and Sobering Centre will be suspended until further notice due to further staffing shortages related to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. More details can be found here.
  • The Yellowknife Community Arena will continue to serve as a temporary day and overnight shelter in order to ensure that important supports are still available for people who access shelters in Yellowknife.
  • The Chief Public Health Officer has amended the COVID-19 Gatherings Public Health Order to include all schools in Yellowknife, Dettah and N’Dilo. Therefore in-class learning will be closed in these communities from September 14 to September 24, 2021. Day homes and daycares can continue to operate, but all aftercare / out of school programs (both that are housed in school and daycare settings) will be closed.
  • The North Slave (Yellowknife) ECE Service Centre is open to the public but with COVID measures in place. It is recommended that required documents be dropped off or submitted electronically and that appointments be conducted via phone.
  • The SFA office (Yellowknife) is open to the public, but with COVID measures in place.
  • Employment Standards office is closed to the public. Some services continue to be offered remotely
  • Aurora College’s scheduled programming in the communities of Yellowknife and Ndilǫ/Dettah, will be temporarily delivered online from Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 24.
  • College facilities in Yellowknife will remain open and a small number of staff will be available to provide student support. No programming is scheduled for the Ndılǫ/Dettah Community Learning Centre during September.
  • Information about specific services and supports available to students will be shared with students through their “myAuroraCollege” email, www.auroracollege.nt.ca and social media (Aurora College Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Yellowknife Housing Authority is currently maintaining normal operations, with added COVID safety protocols in place.
  • There have been a number of changes to the court schedules for Territorial Court and Justice of the Peace Court in Yellowknife. Please visit www.nwtcourts.ca for more information.
  • 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. Physical distancing will remain in effect, and masks are required for service. Contact 867-767-9087 to schedule an appointment.
  • Only travellers, flight crews and airport staff are permitted inside the Yellowknife (YZF) airport until further notice. Individuals dropping someone off or picking up must not enter the terminal. Physical distancing inside the building remains in effect.
  • Highway construction and operations will continue.
  • Department of Lands offices are closed to the public, but available by phone and email.
  • The Northwest Territories Geologic 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.
  • The Fur Shop in ITI’s Arts Office will be closed until September 23. There is a sign on the door with a contact number and email, and a post on the Facebook page.
  • Fred Henne, Prelude and Reid Lake Territorial Parks have updated COVID protocols in place, posted on the nwtparks.ca website. Information posted on social media platforms with contact information.
  • The YKDFN Housing office in N’Dilo remains open.

Fort Providence

  • The Fort Providence Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to walk-in appointments on a first come, first serve basis. Hours are 10:30 to 15:00 every second Wednesday of the month.
  • Deh Gah Youth Centre Afterschool Program is closed until further notice.
  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for October 1, 2021 has been cancelled and postponed to November 25, 2021.

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

  • The Łutselk’e School closed on September 10, 2021 in response to COVID positive cases in the community. A re-opening date has not yet been set.

Whatı̀

  • Students in Whatı̀ have transitioned to remote learning following a containment order issued for the community on September 11, 2021.
  • The ECE office is closed to the public; however, services continue to be offered remotely through the North Slave (Yellowknife) ECE Service Centre. All appointments are now being conducted over the phone. 
  • Whatı̀ Daycare is currently closed.
  • TSC is working with the ECE and the Education Board on facilitating technology requirements for remote learning in Whatı̀.
  • The Whatı̀ Local Housing Organization office is closed to the public.
  • Repair work on units in Behchokǫ̀, Whatı̀, and Gamètı̀ being conducted by Tłı̨chǫ construction companies may be delayed.

Hay River

  • The Hay River Driver and Motor Vehicles Issuing Office is open to public with the restriction of 4 clients in office at once.  Services are provided by Norland Agencies who is the private MV issuing office.  All guidelines of the CPHO are being followed.
  • The Territorial Court sitting scheduled for September 27 & 28, 2021 have been cancelled and postponed to October 18, 2021.

Kátł’odeeche First Nation

  • Kátł’odeeche First Nation’s State of Local Emergency (SOLE) has expired.  The community government has asked residents to stay home and maintain heightened awareness until September 26.

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.
NTHSSA is now recommending a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for people who are severely immunocompromised and essential front-line health care workers at high-risk of exposure in Yellowknife and Behchoko (prioritized for a third dose due to the ongoing COVID outbreak in these areas). Please click here for details.
The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) announced extensions to three temporary Public Health Orders and the introduction of stronger gathering restrictions in Yellowknife, Dettah, and Ndilǫ.
Visit our website to view all the current public health orders.
Communities that are currently experiencing community transmission: Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, and Whatì.
Any public place could result in an exposure to COVID-19.  The OCPHO will not provide routine public exposure notifications in Yellowknife but will list high risk public exposures requiring further action.
OCPHO will continue to list public exposures in communities without known community transmission.
Visit our website for a full list of all current public exposure notifications.
If you are traveling internally within the NWT from an area with community transmission (Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, and Whatì) to another community it is recommended that you complete Day 1 and Day 8 testing at your destination.  Please contact the health centre of the community you are arriving into, prior to leaving, to arrange testing.  Click here for information on how to arrange testing.
Travellers that are entering the NWT are required to complete a day 1 and day 8 test in the following situations:
The CPHO advises against non-essential travel to and from Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, N’Dilo and Yellowknife at this time to protect against transmission to other communities.
Masks are currently mandatory in all public indoor spaces across the NWT. Details can be found on our website.
Questions about self-isolation related to travel are best answered by ProtectNWT through their email address [email protected] 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. 
On July 1, 2021, the GNWT amended the NWT Employment Standards Act to introduce Emergency Leave, which allows workers to access unpaid leave when they are unable to work because of an emergency. NWT workers who are unable to work because they are required to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for this leave. For more information, please contact the Employment Standards Office.
Phone: (867) 767-9351 ext 71469
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For more information, please visit www.ece.gov.nt.ca/employmentstandards   
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