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Territory-wide Public Health Emergency Extended through September 29, 2020

To respond decisively to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to maintain health safety for the NWT residents, under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act, the territory-wide Public Health Emergency has been extended through September 29, 2020, by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Julie Green, on the advice of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola. 

Key reminders to NWT residents:

  • Travel within the NWT remains restricted upon arrival with limited exceptions. It will be considered an offense to travel within the NWT without an exemption under the Public Health Orders.
  • People entering the NWT are required to self-isolate for 14 days in Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik or Fort Smith with few exceptions – irrespective of the duration of the trip out of the territory.
  • If anyone is required to self-isolate, please do so and maintain the self-isolation plan.
  • Maintain physical distance of 2 metres.
  • Limit yourself to be a part of small gathering only, if necessary.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wear non-medical masks in crowded places.

Recent COVID-19 NWT Updates:

  • The territory is constantly working towards increasing epidemiological surveillance capacity to prepare for the continuing pandemic.
  • The wastewater surveillance program announced last week is being implemented in all the isolation centers. This will help in getting an early indication of any COVID-19 cases present in the territory, and allow for targeted advice and action.
  • The wastewater surveillance program will complement an aggressive testing program. Solutions are being finalized to increase rapid testing capacity in the territory to help patients get results quickly.

    Detailed information: https://bit.ly/2Fy8oG0