Public Health Advisory – November 2, 2021

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Advisories

YELLOWKNIFE November 2, 2021 – Over the past several days the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) observed a downward trend in the number of individuals with active COVID-19 in Hay River and K'atl'odeeche First Nation. While this is evidence that the restrictions outlined in the Public Health Orders are being effective this is a greater reflection on the community members themselves.  Residents have taken the necessary steps to protect themselves, their friends and family and their fellow community members. 

The OCPHO is intending to revoke both the COVID-19 Gathering Order (effective October 29, 2021) in Hay River and the Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions (effective October 22, 2021) in K'atl'odeeche First Nation Reserve Lands at 11:59PM on November 7, 2021. The expectation is that the number of active COVID-19 infections will continue to drop in these communities and there will be no need for the additional week of restrictions that had been set out in those orders.  The NWT-wide Public Health Order – Northwest Territories COVID-19 Gatherings Order (effective October 22, 2021) will take effect in these communities upon the revocation of the orders. 

Persons may direct inquiries about public health orders to ProtectNWT at protectNWT@gov.nt.ca or call 8-1-1 (in the Northwest Territories) or 1-833-378-8297. Full details and copies of the public health orders are available on the GNWT COVID-19 website under the Current Public Health Orders.

The Chief Public Health Officer would like to recognize that community leadership is an important part of an outbreak response. Specific recognition is warranted for Chief Martel for the demonstration of leadership that has been on display over the past few weeks to support her community. NTHSSA and Hay River Health Authority also deserve recognition for their efforts ensuring efficient testing and contact tracing was completed. 

Collectively the Northwest Territories appears to be moving out of the outbreak as the number of active COVID-19 infections continues to trend downward. The outbreak is not over and residents should continue to practice healthy habits and evaluate their personal level of acceptable risk within requirements set out in the NWT-Wide Public Health Order. If an activity poses a greater risk than you are personally comfortable with find alternatives wherever possible. 

The vaccine continues to be a safe and effective measure that provides an effective defense against severe outcomes due to a COVID-19 infection. All residents 12 years of age should considering getting fully vaccinated to protect themselves.

There is evidence of waning vaccine effectiveness six months after your second dose of the vaccine. The increase the level of vaccine protection booster doses are available to all eligible adults across the NWT that will be 18 years of age and older on December 31, 2021.   

Attribution

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

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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