Daily Update - August 23, 2021 - as of 12:00 pm

News Type: 
Past COVID-19 Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE August 23, 2021 – The Office of Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is announcing 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since August 20th for a total of 219 active cases among residents in the territory and one out of territory case for a total of 220 active cases.

Community Breakdown



Total Case Count


Fort Good Hope


Colville Lake




Norman Wells


Beaufort Delta



Hay River

Hay River


Yellowknife/North Slave



Fort Providence




Hospitalizations are less than 5.

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 Aug. 23, 2021

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


Date(s)/Time range(s)

Required Action(s)

Alberta Indigenous Games – Edmonton, Alberta

  • Opening Ceremonies – West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace

Sporting Events at:

  • Rundle Park
  • Saville Centre
  • St. FX Sports Centre
  • Michael Cameron Arena
  • Tipton Arena
  • Callingwood Park
  • Goldstick Park
  • August 12 - 19

Self Monitor. Wear a mask in all public places.


If symptoms develop, immediately isolate and arrange testing.

Fort Good Hope/Colville Lake

The OCPHO has issued a local containment order for Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake. The Public Health Order is pursuant to s.25 of the Public Health Act and mandates containment measures for 10 days to prevent further COVID-19 transmission.

Self-Isolation instructions for residents:


Public Health Orders:


Norman Wells

On Wednesday August 18 the CPHO declared a COVID-19 outbreak in the Sahtú Dene Nechá Kǫ́ Long Term Care Facility in Norman Wells. The Chief Public Health Officer is recommending that residents of Norman Wells keep to a limited friendship circle, and to avoid indoor gatherings at this time.

When people gather it can spread the virus. By limiting your social circle to those within your household and five close friends, it can help decrease your number of interactions and reduce the risk of transmission in the community.

Consider working from home if possible, getting takeout or picnicking rather than dining indoors, wear a mask when not with household members or in indoor spaces and connecting with friends or loved ones over the phone or virtually. 

If at any time you or someone in your circle is sick stay home and seek testing.

Health Service Updates

Anyone who has been exposed to COVID or has COVID symptoms who requires care or services should call in advance. Please do not show up at the health centre to request testing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 isolate at home and call ahead for testing. Anyone who is identified as a contact who needs testing will be contacted, everyone should review the exposure notices and follow the advice required whether that’s masking, isolating, or getting tested.

It’s important to remember that the rapid response team is not the only resource in communities. They are sent in to quickly stand up outbreak responses and add resources - people, additional testing supplies and equipment - to assist local staff with implementing and refining the processes we’ve created in preparation for outbreaks like this. When this group leaves, the response doesn’t stop – and teams will be moved around to add capacity where required. Our current focus is on testing, contact tracing and issuing to exposure notifications to the public, in order to limit the spread of the virus.

Current Service Level Update: https://www.nthssa.ca/en/newsroom/public-notice-service-level-updates-sahtu-dehcho-and-yellowknife-regions

Supports in community

These measures are not easy.

The GNWT is working with all communities affected to support emergency response needs in the event residents need support during this time.

Assisting northerners manage their mental health is important as we continue to respond 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.


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

Relevant links

Media Contact

Dawn Ostrem

Manager, COVID Communications

COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat

Department of Health and Social Services

Government of the Northwest Territories