GNT: Daily Update – September 2, 2021

Press Release

Case Counts as of 12:00 pm

YELLOWKNIFE September 2, 2021 – The Office of Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is announcing 10 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since September 1st. The total number of recent cases has increased to 358. There are 128 active cases among residents in the territory plus two active out of territory cases and, one death. A total of 227 cases have resolved – 225 NWT residents and two out of territory cases.

Community Breakdown

Region Community Total Active Case Count Recovered Case Count (Deaths) Total Case Count
Sahtu Fort Good Hope

23

86 (1)

110

Colville Lake

3

75

78

Délįnę

9

9

18

Norman Wells

25

26

51

Tulita 5 0 5
Beaufort Delta Inuvik

1

1

2

Fort Smith Fort Smith

0

1

1

Tłı̨chǫ Gamètì

3

0

3

Behchokǫ̀

1

0

1

South Slave Hay River & K’atl’odeeche First Nation

3

1

4

Yellowknife/North Slave Yellowknife

53

26

78

Dehcho Fort Providence

2

2

4

Fort Simpson

2

0

2

Total

130

227 (1)

358

Cumulative Hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic is 10, of which 90% were unvaccinated and of which six are 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 September 2, 2021

Communities currently experiencing community transmission: Norman Wells and Yellowknife.

  • Any public place could result in an exposure to COVID-19.  The OCPHO will not provide routine public exposure notifications in Yellowknife and Norman Wells. And will only list public exposures where assessment indicates a high exposure requiring further action.
  • OCPHO will continue to list public exposures in communities without known community transmission.

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

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 on August 26th 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

An update to the Public Health Order went into effect September 1, 2021 at 6:00PM.  The order extends the local containment order for an additional 10 days through to 11:59 PM on September 14, 2021.

The CPHO has amended the local containment order for Norman Wells with updated isolation requirements for people who have tested positive for COVID-19, their contacts and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19. The updated order is reflective of guidance provided by health care providers.

For additional information please review the PHO here: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/effective-september-1-2021-norman-wells-temporary-c ovid-19-restrictions

Fort Good Hope/Colville Lake

Local containment orders were extended in Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake to 11:59PM on September 4, 2021. At this point in time there is no intent to extend these orders after they expire.

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

The CPHO advises against travel to and from Yellowknife at this time to protect against the risk of additional importation and exportation of the virus.

Health Service Updates

COVID Testing Clinic at the Norman Wells Community Hall – September 3 to 5
The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority will be operating a dedicated off-site COVID-19 testing clinic in Norman Wells from Friday September 3rd through Sunday September 5th, from 10am to 7pm daily.

Full details available through the link: www.nthssa.ca/en/newsroom/public-notice-covid-testing-clinic-norman-wells-community-hall-september-3-5

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

Northerners are getting ready to celebrate a long weekend that many will use to travel, in some instances outside of the territory. The healthy habits advice and guidance provided over the past few weeks should follow you in your travels.

Wear a mask in indoor public places, maintain social distancing, avoid large gatherings where vaccination statuses of attendees are unknown and wash your hands frequently.

All northerners are encouraged to evaluate the risk of visiting COVID hot spots outside of the NWT. Hotspots in Canada are outlined on our website: www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/hotspots-canada 

Please keep in mind that there are self-isolation requirements for any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers that return to the NWT.

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

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