Feds sending more help to N.W.T. to deal with COVID-19 surge – APTN

Oct 19, 2021

The federal government is sending more help to the Northwest Territories to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Ottawa has approved a request from the territory to provide “surge capacity support” for infection prevention and control, contact tracing and testing.

The support – 10 specialists from the Canadian Red Cross – will be effective until Nov. 14, with the possibility of a two-week extension.

That’s on top of previous help provided through the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada for infection control and contact tracing.

After months of zero new cases of COVID-19, the territory began seeing a spike in cases in mid-August.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 350 active cases in the Northwest Territories, which last week extended a territory-wide public health emergency until Oct. 26. Nine people have died.

The N.W.T. government earlier on Monday announced that as of Nov. 30, all of its employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Read more: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/feds-sending-more-help-to-n-w-t-to-deal-with-covid-19-surge/

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