GNT: Daily Update – August 30, 2021

Press Release

YELLOWKNIFE August 30, 2021 – The Office of Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is announcing 53 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since August 27th. The total number of recent cases has increased to 324. There are 119 active cases among residents in the territory plus two active out of territory cases and, one death. A total of 203 cases have resolved, 201 NWT residents and two (2) out of territory cases.

Community Breakdown

Region Community Total Case Count
Sahtu Fort Good Hope 104
Colville Lake 79
Délįnę 16
Norman Wells 50
Beaufort Delta Inuvik 2
Fort Smith Fort Smith 1
Tłı̨chǫ Gamètì 3
Behchokǫ̀ 1
South Slave Hay River & K’atl’odeeche First Nation 4
Yellowknife/North Slave Yellowknife 59
Fort Providence 3
Fort Simpson 2
TOTAL 324

Cumulative Hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic is 9, 5 of which have been associated with the current community transmissions.

Check the NWT COVID-19 Dashboard for further details about percentage of unvaccinated cases and Variant of Concern updates.

https://nwt-covid.shinyapps.io/Testing-and-Cases/?lang=1(link is external)

New Public Health Exposure Locations for Aug. 30, 2021

For a full list of all CURRENT public exposure notifications: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-exposure-notifications

Location Date(s)/Time Range(s) Required Action(s)
Canadian North Flight 244
Edmonton to Inuvik
Affected Rows 1 – 7
August 27 Self monitor. Wear a mask in all public places.

If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate and arrange testing.

Public Health Orders

https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/current-public-health-orders

NWT Wide Order

A NWT wide masking order went into effect Thursday that applies to all indoor public spaces.

A visual explanation of the order can be viewed on our website: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/cv19_indoor_public_spaces.pdf

Norman Wells

A local containment order is in effect for Norman Wells that went into effect August 25th at 8:00AM. This order will remain in place for 10 days.

For additional information please review the PHO here: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/2021-08-25_norman_wells_containment_order_0.pdf.

Fort Good Hope/Colville Lake

Local containment orders were extended in Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake to September 4, 2021.

Self-Isolation instructions for residents: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/residents-fort-good-hope-and-colville-lake-who-are-currently-those-communities

Yellowknife

We have low level of community transmission in Yellowknife where links to outbreak clusters or cases cannot be ascertained. We are monitoring the situation carefully.

Health Service Updates

Visitation Temporarily Suspended at Stanton Territorial Hospital(link is external) (through to 8AM August 31)

Visitation is suspended at Stanton Territorial Hospital starting from 8 PM on Friday, August 27th until 8 AM Tuesday, August 31st, 2021. Please note that there are some exemptions to visitation for medical escorts, including pediatric patients, labouring mothers, and cases involving palliative care.

Current Service Level Update: https://www.nthssa.ca/en/newsroom/public-notice-service-level-updates-sahtu-dehcho-and-yellowknife-regions(link is external)

Supports in Community

These measures are not easy.

The GNWT is working with all communities affected to support emergency response needs in the event residents need support during this time.

Assisting northerners manage their mental health is important as we continue to respond the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to speak with someone the NWT Community Counselling Program provides on-the-ground access to mental health services in all of the regions. For more information or to contact the counselor in your community please visit our website: https://www.hss.gov.nt.ca/en/services/nwt-community-counselling-program-ccp.

Residents who unable to access support with non-healthcare related needs throughout their self-isolation period can reach out to their community government for assistance.

Regional EMOs are working with community governments to address needs as they arise.

Attribution

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

Relevant links

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(link sends e-mail)

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