Daily Update – October 1, 2021

News Type: 
Advisories

Case Counts as of 9:00 a.m.

YELLOWKNIFE October 1, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) reported an unexpected detection of the virus causing COVID-19 in the wastewater from Fort Simpson on September 29, 2021.  If you are in, or have been in, Fort Simpson between September 27 and today please visit our public exposure notification page for guidance on what your required action(s) are.    

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, visually described in the self-screening tool on our website, it is important that you contact your local health centre to arrange for a test.  Testing is safe and the results are completely confidential between your health care provider and yourself.  Positive COVID-19 patients can be monitored by health care professionals and have access to additional care as needed.  Get tested, and help, if you are sick so you can get the care you need.  If you are suffering any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – call 9-1-1.

The OCPHO is announcing 99 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since September 29. The total number of recent cases has increased to 1039. There are 334 active cases among residents in the NWT plus seven (7) active out-of-territory cases. Of the remaining cases, 680 NWT residents and 12 out-of-territory cases have recovered, and there have been six deaths. 

Community Breakdown

Region

Community

Active

Total

Beaufort Delta

Inuvik

 

3

Dehcho

Fort Liard

 

1

Fort Providence

 

4

Fort Simpson

 

2

North Slave

Łutsel Kʼe

 

3

Dettah, Ndilǫ and Yellowknife

219

508

Sahtu

Colville Lake

 

79

Deline

2

21

Fort Good Hope

1

115

Norman Wells

 

53

Tulita

 

9

South Slave

Fort Smith

3

4

Hay River and K'atl'odeeche First Nation

5

16

Tłı̨chǫ 

Behchokǫ̀      

100

171

Gamètì         

 

3

Wekweètì    

1

1

Whatì          

4

33

Industry

Diavik

2

3

Ekati

2

4

Gahcho Kué Mine

 

1

Imperial Oil

 

1

Snare Lake Hydro

 

2

Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road

2

2

TOTAL

341

1039

  • The cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in the NWT is six.
  • The cumulative number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic is 37, of which 33 are associated with the current territorial COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak.
  • 68% of the total hospitalized cases were not fully vaccinated.
  • Cumulative ICU admissions are 13.

Check the NWT COVID-19 Dashboard for further details about percentage of unvaccinated cases and Variant of Concern updates.

New Public Health Exposure Locations for October 1, 2021

FLIGHTS

Location

Date(s)/Time Range(s)

Required Action(s)

Yellowknife - Łutselk’e

Air Tindi
Flight Number 8T 200

September 27
11:00AM – 11:45AM

Everyone on flight:

Fully vaccinated: Self monitor. If symptoms develop, immediately isolate, and arrange testing.

Partially/unvaccinated: You must self-isolate 10 days and arrange testing


YELLOWKNIFE

Location

Date(s)/Time Range(s)

Required Action(s)

The Monkey Tree Pub

September 22
9:00PM – 12:00 (Midnight)

Fully and not fully vaccinated individuals who were at this location should self-monitor for symptoms. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

Kilt and Castle

September 24
10:30PM – 11:30PM

Fully and not fully vaccinated individuals who were at this location should self-monitor for symptoms. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

Wal-Mart

September 27
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Fully and not fully vaccinated individuals who were at this location should self-monitor for symptoms. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

Rochdi's Your Independent Grocer (Uptown)

 

September 28
3:00PM – 4:00PM

Fully and not fully vaccinated individuals who were at this location should self-monitor for symptoms. Isolate and get tested if symptoms develop.

Community transmission is occurring in Behchokǫ̀ and the numbers make it extremely difficult to accurately complete effective contact tracing.  The OCPHO is strongly recommending that anyone that has visited the community of Behchokǫ̀ in the past two weeks to isolate and self-monitor for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.  Arrange for testing if any symptoms develop.

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

Public Health Orders

COVID-19 Gathering Order - Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah (effective September 29, 2021)

The OCPHO has received questions on what “regularly scheduled childcare” means under the Public Health Order for Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah.  Regularly schedule childcare refers to in-home arrangements that are not daycare or day homes.  It is best, and recommended, to limit childcare arrangements to one consistent provider to limit exposure risks in this young, unvaccinated population. 

Health Service Updates

Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to be Offered to Residents 75 and Older
Residents that will 75 years of age (On December 31, 2021) and older in Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, Ndilǫ and Yellowknife are eligible to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  This is being administered on a voluntary basis, after a minimum of six (6) months following a resident’s second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

Attribution

All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.

Relevant links

Media Contact

Richard Makohoniuk

Manager, COVID Communications

COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat

Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories

richard_makohoniuk@gov.nt.ca