Daily Update – September 10, 2021

News Type: 
Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE September 10, 2021 – The daily Public Health Advisory (PHA) will not be distributed over the weekend unless urgent public communications are required due to a high risk exposure situation or other emergency. The next scheduled PHA will be distributed on Monday, September 13, 2021.

The OCPHO is announcing 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since September 9th. The total number of recent cases has increased to 464. There are 134 active cases among residents in the territory plus three active out of territory cases and, one previous death. A total of 326 cases have resolved – 322 NWT residents and four out of territory cases. 

Community Breakdown

Region

Community

Total Active Case Count

Recovered Case Count (Deaths)

Total Case Count

Sahtu

Fort Good Hope

8

104 (1)

113

Colville Lake

0

79

79

Délįnę

0

18

18

Norman Wells

5

49

54

Tulita

9

0

9

Beaufort Delta

Inuvik

0

2

2

Fort Smith

Fort Smith

0

1

1

Tłı̨chǫ Gamètì

0

3

3

Behchokǫ̀

16

0

16

South Slave

Hay River & K'atl'odeeche First Nation

0

4

4

Yellowknife/North Slave

Yellowknife

97

61

158

Łutsel Kʼe

1

0

1

Dehcho

Fort Providence

1

3

4

Fort Simpson

0

2

2

TOTAL

137

326 (1)

464

Cumulative Hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic is 18, of which 14 are associated with the current territorial COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak. Cumulative ICU admissions have been 6. 

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

https://nwt-covid.shinyapps.io/Testing-and-Cases/?lang=1

New Public Health Exposure Locations for Sept 8, 2021

Location

Dates

Required Action(s)

Fort Simpson

  • Funeral in the Community.

September 7

Partially/unvaccinated: self-isolate for 10 days from exposure and get tested.
 

Fully vaccinated: Self monitor. Wear a mask in all public places. If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and arrange testing.

 

Air Tindi Flight

  • Yellowknife to Lutselk’e

September 8

Self monitor. Wear a mask in all public places. 

 

If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and arrange testing.

Communities that are currently experiencing community transmission: Yellowknife and Behchokǫ̀.

  • 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.

For a full list of all CURRENT public exposure notifications: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-exposure-notifications

Public Health Orders

https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/current-public-health-orders

NWT Wide Order

A NWT wide masking order went into effect on August 26th that applies to all indoor public spaces. 
A visual explanation of the order can be viewed on our website: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/cv19_indoor_public_spaces.pdf

If you are required to self-isolate for any reason you should not leave your house to vote on Election Day so please consider requesting a mail in ballot in order to cast your vote. 

The Public Health Order limiting gatherings will be in place during the Federal Election in Dettah, N’Dilo and Yellowknife.  There are options available to voters that wish to avoid longer than usual line ups or crowds of people. 

Elections Canada has advance polls from Friday September 10 to Monday September 13 in the following Regional Centres: Behchokǫ̀, Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith and Yellowknife.

Voters may also request a mail in ballot. The deadline to request a ballot is September 14 and all votes must be returned by September 20 to be counted in the election. 

For more information including contact information for questions please visit www.elections.ca

Behchokǫ̀

On September 9th the OCPHO implemented a 14-day containment order for the community of Behchokǫ̀.  All indoor and outdoor gatherings are restricted, non-essential workers must work from home, schools are closed and learning is moved online among other restrictions.  This order is in effect until 11:59PM on September 23, 2021.

Details of the order are on our website: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/public_health_order_-_behchoko_temporary_covid-19_restrictions.pdf.

The CPHO recommends against non-essential travel to and from Behchokǫ̀ at this time to protect against transmission to other communities.

Dettah, N’Dilo and Yellowknife

A 14-day temporary Public Health Order on gathering restrictions is in effect for Dettah, Ndilǫ and Yellowknife until September 22 at 11:59PM.  Details of the order are on our website: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/public_health_order_-_gathering_restrictions_-_yk_ndilo_dettah_behchoko_effective_september_9_en.pdf

The CPHO advises against non-essential travel to and from Dettah, N’Dilo and Yellowknife at this time to protect against transmission to other communities.

The CPHO recommends that where possible businesses accommodate work from home arrangements for their employees for the duration of the September 9, 2021 order restricting gatherings.

Norman Wells

At this time there is no intent to extend the local containment order beyond the current expiration date of 11:59 PM on September 14, 2021. 

Residents that are isolating due to a COVID-19 infection must continue to do so until they are declared recovered by a health professional.  Residents that are self-isolating as a contact of a COVID-19 case must complete their 10-day self-isolation period.

For additional information please review the PHO here:
https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/effective-september-1-2021-norman-wells-temporary-covid-19-restrictions

Health Service Updates

Temporary Day Shelter Closure in Yellowknife

Due to staff shortages the day shelter service that operates in the combined Day and Sobering Centre will be closed temporarily for a yet to be determined period of time. 

For more information please visit our website: https://www.nthssa.ca/en/newsroom/public-notice-temporary-day-shelter-closure-yellowknife

Yellowknife COVID Testing Hours Extended
Yellowknife residents are encouraged to book COVID-19 tests online as walk-ins may be turned away. Testing clinic hours have been extended in Yellowknife, from September 9th through the 12th to allow for an increased volume of bookings. For more information and the link to the online booking tool please visit our website: https://www.nthssa.ca/en/newsroom/public-notice-yellowknife-covid-19-testing-update-september-9-12.

Additional Recommendations/Advice

If you travelled or are planning to travel outside of the NWT and have returned home please keep in mind that there are self-isolation requirements for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers that return to the NWT.

Non-essential travel is any travel that is not urgent or emergent in nature that can be postponed without causing difficulties to an individual.  If you require necessities from the grocery store, or have a medical or professional appointment that would be considered essential travel.  If you have a business meeting that could be done remotely, or want to have a hang out with a friend or can postpone your trip until after the Public Health Orders have expired than it is considered non-essential travel and the recommendation is to avoid it at this time. 

Assisting northerners manage their mental health is important as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to speak with someone the NWT Community Counselling Program provides on-the-ground access to mental health services in all of the regions. For more information or to contact the counselor in your community please visit our website: https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/nwt-community-counselling-program-ccp.

Residents who unable to access support with non-healthcare related needs throughout their self-isolation period can reach out to their community government for assistance.

Regional EMOs are working with community governments to address needs as they arise.

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