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If you arrived in the NWT within the past 14 days you must self-isolate and complete the approved self-isolation plan.
As of April 5 at 7:30 PM:
- Confirmed Cases: 5
- Completed Tests: 1255*
- Negative Tests: 1251*
- Tests Pending: 46*
- Recovered Cases: 1*
*Note: testing numbers will be updated in the morning when all new data is parsed.
Welcome to your information hub where you will find the most up to date, evidence based and accurate information, updated daily.
To improve your experience as a visitor, here is the navigation map:
- Welcome page: lists the number of cases, and daily updates
- Current situation in Canada: lists cases in Canada.
- Information on COVID-19: lists information based on your unique situation and self-isolation plans.
- Latest updates: lists all public updates divided by agency.
- Resources: lists audio in all NWT official languages, brochures and fact sheets, videos, GNWT links and other links.
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Canada is growing. Because of this, the Public Health Agency of Canada considers the risk to Canadians to be high.
To help residents stay healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19, the government of Canada and the Chief Public Health Officer of the NWT have taken the following actions in response to this great risk:
March 25, 2020
The Government of Canada implemented an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires that everyone entering Canada MUST:
- Isolate for 14-days if they have symptoms of COVID-19; or,
- Quarantine for 14 days if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.
For residents of the NWT who have travelled outside of Canada
This means that in addition to following Self-Isolation guidelines:
If you have symptoms of COVID-19:
- You must go directly to your home or place of isolation and isolate completely for 14 days upon entry into Canada;
- Stay inside your home; this means no time outdoors, not even on your own property; and
- Do not leave your place of isolation unless you need to see a health care provider.
If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19:
- You must go directly to your home or place of isolation and quarantine for 14 days upon entry into Canada;
- Monitor your health for symptoms;
- Stay in a private place like your yard or balcony if you go outside for fresh air.
March 22, 2020
The Chief Public Health Officer advised that all gatherings, regardless of size, number of participants and whether held indoors or outdoors, be cancelled.
For further details on advisories, orders, updates and announcements, please scroll down.
March 21, 2020
The Chief Public Health Officer banned all travel into the territory with limited exceptions.
Anyone who enters the NWT after March 7, 2020 must immediately go into 14 days of self-isolation in the communities of Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik or Fort Smith before moving on to the home or work community. They must complete a self-isolation plan. Residents can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-378-8297 between the hours of 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week for more information.
The requirement to isolate in a regional centre is an effort to protect the residents of small remote communities. This will help us avoid overwhelming the health centres in these communities, and will make sure that people who may have been in contact with COVID-19 while travelling outside of the NWT are close to well-equipped hospital care in case they get sick.
March 18, 2020
A Public Health Emergency was declared in the Northwest Territories by the Minister of Health and Social Services. This lets the Chief Public Health Officer take strong actions to protect all NWT residents and quickly respond to the needs of the healthcare system as it responds to the pandemic.
- About COVID-19
- Advice to NWT Residents
- Getting tested for COVID-19
- Prevent and Prepare
- Information for Employers and Businesses
- Information for Parents
- Information for Schools, Early Learning and Childcare Programs (ECE)
- Information for Travellers
- Information on Mass Gatherings
- Travel Restrictions for entering NWT
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) FAQs
- Fifth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed In Northwest Territories (April 5, 2020)
- Two New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Northwest Territories (April 2, 2020)
- Second Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Northwest Territories (April 1, 2020)
- All Gatherings Are Advised to Cancel Effective Immediately (March 22, 2020)
- Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Northwest Territories (March 21, 2020)
- All Mass Gatherings 50 People or Over Should Be Cancelled (March 17, 2020)
- Returning International Travelers and International Visitors Need to Self-Isolate (March 15, 2020)
- Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice (March 14, 2020)
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update (March 10, 2020)
Health and Social Services Authority Updates
- Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority introducing new care options to maintain access while increasing social distancing (March 23, 2020)
- Public Notice - NTHSSA Service Changes (March 19, 2020)
- Public Notice - NTHSSA Operational Update (March 17, 2020)
- Yellowknife Primary Care Clinic Laboratory Services Redirected to Stanton Territorial Hospital (March 16, 2020)
- Visitor Restrictions in Long Term Care and Acute Care Sites (March 16, 2020)
- NTHSSA Operational Response for COVID-19 Preparedness (March 12, 2020)
Public Service Announcements
- Hong Kong Tour Group Investigation Resolved (April 2, 2020)
- Public Health Emergency Renewed by Minister Thom (April 2, 2020)
- NWT Chief Public Health Officer Denounces Those Ignoring Travel Order (March 28, 2020)
- Wonder If You Should Call To Get Tested? Take This Online Self-Assessment For COVID-19 In The Northwest Territories (March 27, 2020)
- Northwest Territories Boundary Closure Exceptions for Smith’s Landing and Fort Fitzgerald (March 26, 2020)
- Chief Public Health Officer Orders Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation for those entering NWT (March 22, 2020)
- Public Health Order – COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation Protocol (March 21, 2020)
- Chief Public Health Officer Prepares to Order the prohibition of travel to the NWT with limited exceptions and to order self-isolation to occur only in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith (March 20, 2020)
- Memo - Pacific Dental Conference Attendees (March 17, 2020)
- Memo - PDAC 2020 Convention (March 11, 2020)
- COVID-19 NWT Daily Briefing
- Diane Thom: News Conference Statement on Recently Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories (April 4, 2020)
- Caroline Cochrane: News Conference Statement on Recently Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in the Northwest Territories (April 4, 2020)
- Dr. Kami Kandola: Opening Remarks, Weekly Press Briefing, Covid-19 (April 1, 2020)
- Extension of Declaration of State of Public Health Emergency Order (April 1, 2020)
- NWTAC, Music NWT and GNWT Team Up To Protect Our Elders Through COVID-19 Crisis (March 30, 2020)
- Public Health Emergency Declared in the Northwest Territories (March 18, 2020)
- Diane Thom: COVID-19 Update (March 16, 2020)
- Caroline Cochrane: COVID-19 Preparedness (March 16, 2020)
- Government of the Northwest Territories Information on Covid-19 (March 14, 2020)
- Diane Thom: COVID-19, Media Briefing Statement (March 13, 2020)
- Caroline Cochrane: COVID-19, Media Briefing Statement (March 13, 2020)
- Diane Thom: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Update (February 5, 2020)
- Be Informed, Stay Calm, Let's Combat COVID-19 Together
Brochures and Factsheets (GNWT)
- Mental Health and Social Distancing
- Self-Isolation Information Sheet (COVID-19)
- Self-Monitoring Information Sheet (COVID-19)
- Social Distancing
- Healthy Respiratory Practices
- Hand Washing
- How to use Bleach as a Disinfectant
- What Can I Do If...
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) General Information Handout
- Be Informed, Stay Calm, Let's Combat Covid-19 Together
- Don't be a spreader: Keeping Physical Distance (COVID-19)
- Don’t Be A Spreader: Self-Isolate After You Travel (COVID-19)
- Program and service availability during COVID-19
- COVID-19 Information for Businesses, Tourists and Program Applicants
- Education, Culture and Employment
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Municipal and Community Affairs Updates
- NWT Housing Corporation