GNT: Daily Update – September 14, 2021

Press Release

YELLOWKNIFE September 14, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) wants to recognize communities that have responded to our campaign to “Drive to 75!” The vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect you from severe health outcomes of COVID-19. The following communities have reached and surpassed the 75 percent fully vaccinated rate in residents 12 years of age and older:

  • Kakisa – 100%
  • Sachs Harbour – 86%
  • Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah – 80%
  • Fort Simpson – 77%
  • Norman Wells – 75%
  • Ulukhaktok – 88%
  • Fort McPherson – 83%
  • Fort Liard – 77%
  • Gamètı̀ – 77%
  • Tulita – 75%

COVID-19 Cases

The OCPHO is announcing 36 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since September 13th.  The total number of recent cases has increased to 556. There are 181 active cases among residents in the territory plus four active out of territory cases and, one previous death. A total of 370 cases have resolved – 363 NWT residents and seven out of territory cases.

Community Breakdown

Region Community Total Active Case Count Recovered Case Count (Deaths) Total Case Count
Sahtu Fort Good Hope 5 108 (1) 114
Colville Lake 0 79 79
Deline 0 18 18
Norman Wells 3 51 54
Tulita 2 7 9
Beaufort Delta Inuvik 1 2 3
Fort Smith Fort Smith 0 1 1
Tlicho Gameti 0 3 3
Behchokǫ̀ 29 0 29
Whati 20 0 20
South Slave Hay River & K’atl’odeeche First Nation 2 4 6
Yellowknife/North Slave Yellowknife 121 91 212
Łutsel Kʼe 1 0 1
Dehcho Fort Providence 0 4 4
Fort Simpson 0 2 2
Fort Liard 1 0 1
TOTAL 185 370 (1) 556

Cumulative hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic is 21, of which 17 are associated with the current territorial COVID-19 Delta variant outbreak. Cumulative ICU admissions have been 7.

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

Public Health Exposure Locations

Communities that are currently experiencing community transmission: Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, and Whatì.

  • Any public place could result in an exposure to COVID-19.  The OCPHO will not provide routine public exposure notifications in Yellowknife but will list high risk public exposures requiring further action.
  • OCPHO will continue to list public exposures in communities without known community transmission.

Visit our website for a full list of all CURRENT public exposure notifications.

Norman Wells Containment Order

The OCPHO is declaring the outbreak in the Norman Wells Long Term Care facility over.
The local containment order will expire tonight at 11:59PM and will not be renewed.  Thank you to all the residents of the community for their sacrifices during a difficult time to keep their family, friends and community safe.

Health Service Updates

NTHSSA continues to announce service level updates in this changing situation. For the latest continue to check is external) for details.

Additional Recommendations/Advice

Cases continue to occur due to importation from southern parts of Canada. If you travelled or are planning to travel outside of the NWT and have returned home please keep in mind that there are self-isolation requirements for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers that return to the NWT. Visit our website to review the types of isolation and what the requirements are for the various types.

If you are traveling internally within the NWT from an area with community transmission (Yellowknife, Behchokǫ̀, and Whatì) to another community it is recommended that you complete Day 1 and Day 8 testing at your destination. Please contact the health centre of the community you are arriving into, prior to leaving, to arrange testing. Click here for information on how to arrange testing. The CPHO advises against non-essential travel to and from Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, N’Dilo and Yellowknife at this time to protect against transmission to other communities.

The CPHO recommends that where possible businesses accommodate work from home arrangements for their employees for the duration of the amended September 9, 2021 order restricting gatherings.


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

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Media Contact

Richard Makohoniuk
Manager, COVID Communications
COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat
Department of Health and Social Services
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