Daily Update – October 6, 2021

News Type: 
Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE October 6, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) will not be extending the Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions order in Whatì when it expires at 11:59PM on October 9, 2021. The collective efforts of the community, and leadership, to support one another during these challenging times should be celebrated. Residents that are required to isolate beyond October 9, 2021 must complete their isolation period. 

The OCPHO would also like to congratulate the following communities for responding to the Drive to 75 (and Beyond) campaign. An additional six communities have reached a vaccination rate of greater than 75% in all residents aged 12 and older. Thank you for doing your part to help protect yourself from severe outcomes from COVID-19. Getting the vaccine helps protect not only yourself but also your friends, family members and community.           

                        Deline – 83%                                       Tsiigehtchic – 79%

                        Aklavik – 78%                                     Saamba K’e – 77%

                        Fort Smith – 76%                                Inuvik – 75%

If you are 12 years of age and older, please considering booking your appointment to get the vaccine. 

The OCPHO is announcing 55 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since October 5. The total number of recent cases, since mid-August, has increased to 1245. There are 418 active cases among residents in the NWT plus four (4) active out-of-territory cases. Of the remaining cases, 802 NWT residents and 15 out-of-territory cases have recovered, and there have been six deaths. 

The OCPHO is working to provide the best information and data possible. Occasionally cases, previously considered confirmed, will be removed if additional testing determines they do not have COVID-19.

Community Breakdown

Region

Community

Active

Total

Beaufort Delta

Inuvik

1

4

Dehcho

Fort Liard

0

1

Fort Providence

0

4

Fort Simpson

0

2

North Slave

Fort Resolution

0

0

Łutsel Kʼe

1

4

Dettah, Ndilǫ and Yellowknife

266

638

Sahtu

Colville Lake

0

79

Délįne

0

21

Fort Good Hope

1

115

Norman Wells

0

53

Tulita

0

9

South Slave

Fort Smith

5

6

Hay River and K'atl'odeeche First Nation

6

20

Tłı̨chǫ 

Behchokǫ̀

137

237

Gamètì

0

3

Wekweètì

3

3

Whatì

1

33

Industry

Diavik

0

3

Ekati

0

4

Gahcho Kué Mine

0

1

Imperial Oil

0

1

Snare Lake Hydro

0

2

Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road

1

2

TOTAL

422

1245

  • The cumulative number of COVID-19 deaths in the NWT is six.
  • The cumulative number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic is 42, of which 38 are associated with the current territorial COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak.
  • 67% of the total hospitalized cases were not fully vaccinated.
  • Cumulative ICU admissions are 14.

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 6, 2021

YELLOWKNIFE

Location

Date(s)/Time Range(s)

Required Action(s)

Canadian Tire

October 2
4:00PM – 4:30PM

September 30
5:45PM – 6:15PM

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

Reitmans

October 2
2:00PM – 5:00PM

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

Rebecca’s Flowers

October 2
2:00PM – 5:00PM

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 Independent Grocer (Uptown)

October 3
12:00PM – 4:00PM

October 2
2:00PM – 5:00PM

October 1
7:30PM – 10:00PM

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

Walmart

October 3
12:00PM – 4:00PM

October 2
2:00PM – 5:00PM

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

Shoppers Drug Mart

October 3
12:00PM – 4:00PM

October 2
2:00PM – 5:00PM

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

Glen’s Independent Grocer (Downtown)

October 4
4:00PM – 6:00PM

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

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

The OCPHO is attempting to provide exposure notifications wherever possible with the human resources available. Community spread occurring in Behchokǫ̀ and Yellowknife makes this a challenging task. Residents in these communities should keep in mind that any public place could result in exposure to COVID-19.

View all Public Health Orders on our Website

The OCPHO is extending the Public Health Order – COVID-19 Gathering Order – Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah (effective September 29, 2021). This amended order will come into effect at 11:59PM tonight, October 6, 2021 and will be extended to 11:59PM on October 17, 2021.

The order contains the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people.
  • Indoor gatherings and business are limited to 10 people indoors. Exceptions are provided for essential businesses and facilities. For more information please see the Containment Gathering Order FAQ.
  • Schools, colleges and trade schools are required to remain closed to in person learning for the duration of the order.
  • Households are not permitted to host visitors indoors.
  • Only the members within their household are allowed to gather indoors with the following exceptions:
    • Single member households can bubble with one additional household;
    • Caregiver providing care to an individual (for example: check-ins on elderly, individuals with disabilities, etc.);
    • Regularly scheduled childcare arrangements and respite needs;
    • Persons responding to emergencies, including but not limited to medical emergencies, police emergencies and urgent home repairs (for example: flooding, electrical work, fire, etc.)
    • Previously approved family reunification

Persons may direct inquiries about public health orders to ProtectNWT at protectNWT@gov.nt.ca 8-1-1 or 1-833-378-8297. Copies of all the current Public Health Orders can be found on our website

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