Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Information for Parents

Last modified: 
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 16:01

Education Minister and Education Leaders recommend NWT schools remain closed for remainder of school year.

March 25, 2020

From a report on over 70,000 people with COVID-19 in China, we know that 80% of people that get COVID-19 have mild symptoms. Recent data shows that children normally have an even milder sickness. Children, however, can pass COVID-19 to those who are at higher risk for more severe illness, including older adults, people with chronic diseases, or people with weakened immune systems. It is recommended that children who are sick avoid visiting high-risk people and crowded areas.

We all have a role to play in keeping our communities healthy. The following advice is an important way for you to protect your children, friends, and our communities from COVID-19.

Returning to the NWT?

Anyone arriving in the NWT must self-isolate and stay at home for 14 days in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith only. No NWT resident is allowed to self-isolate in a small community or other regional centre other than the four listed communities if they have returned from outside the NWT.

This is a measure to avoid overwhelming health centres in small remote communities, and ensure those exposed to COVID-19 are close a well-equipped hospital care.

You will need to:

For the latest travel information, please see Information for travellers

Other Scenarios Requiring Self-Isolation

Anyone who has been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, should self- isolate for 14 days since last exposure.

Close contacts at highest risk are persons who:

  • provided care for the person with COVID-19 (including health care workers without consistent use of appropriate personal protective equipment, family members or other caregivers)
  • lived with or otherwise had close prolonged contact (within 2 metres or 6 feet) with a person with COVID-19 who had symptoms and was not self-isolating
  • had direct contact with infectious body fluids of a person with COVID-19 with symptoms (e.g., was coughed or sneezed on) without the appropriate use of recommended personal protective equipment.
  • Airplane crew and passengers seated within 2 meters of a person with COVID-19 with symptoms.

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing within 14 days continue to isolate yourself from others, call a health care provider and inform them about symptoms and travel history. They will provide advice on what you should do.


  • Yellowknife: 867-767-9120, or book online at
  • Inuvik: 867-490-2225
  • Fort Smith: 867-621-2233 or 867-872-0562
  • Hay River: 867-874-7201 (between 08:30-16.30). After hours call Emergency Department at 867-874-8050.
  • Other Communities can call their local health centres,

If your symptoms become severe call 9-1-1.

What you can do to protect yourself and your children

  • Continue to follow healthy respiratory practices
  • Spend time outdoors
  • Stay up to date with the latest information
  • Practice safe sharing (e.g. wash your hands, cleaning utensils, etc.)
  • Remember to clean commonly used items such as mittens, clothes, and toys.

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