GNWT: Public Health Advisory – November 9, 2021

Press Release

YELLOWKNIFE November 9, 2021 – After the Public Health Advisory (PHA) went out yesterday afternoon regarding the COVID-19 situation in Tuktoyaktuk the Acting Deputy Chief Public Health Officer (ADCPHO) continued to monitor and evaluate the situation. Yesterday evening the ADCPHO became aware of an additional 12 infections of COVID-19 in the community increasing the number of active cases to 16.

The rapid increase in the number of infections along with the absence of a clear chain of transmission indicates that Tuktoyaktok is in the early stages of community transmission.

In efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 with the community the ADCPHO is announcing a containment order that will go into effect at 11:00AM today, November 9, 2021. The temporary containment order is scheduled to last ten days and will remain in effect until 11:59PM on November 19, 2021. The order will require the closure of non-essential businesses and that remote learning continue for the duration of the order. Additional restrictions will be placed on indoor or outdoor gatherings to include only household members.  Essential services will remain open with limitations in place.

Non-essential travel in and out of Tuktoyaktuk is not recommended at this time. Masking in indoor public spaces is mandatory. Anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and call the health centre for additional guidance.

Persons may direct inquiries about public health orders to ProtectNWT at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 8-1-1 (in the Northwest Territories) or 1-833-378-8297. Full details and copies of the order will be available on the GNWT COVID-19 website under the Current Public Health Orders.

The ADCPHO is working closely with the local community Government, Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority and the COVID Secretariat on the response to the increased COVID-19 activity.

Please contact the health centre to arrange for testing in the following situations:

  • You’ve been told by a public health nurse or your health care provider to arrange for testing due to being a close contact of a COVID-19 infection.
  • You are currently feeling any signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Review the public exposure notifications and follow the advice provided, you may be advised to be tested or to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and arrange for testing only if you become sick.

Continue to practice healthy habits, wash your hands often, limit your contacts by staying within your household bubble, get a good night’s sleep and where appropriate get fresh air.

The ADCPHO would like to remind all residents that the most important thing they can do to protect themselves from severe outcomes from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.  All residents 12 years of age and older who are not yet fully vaccinated please consider making an appointment to receive your first, second or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Attribution

All commentary is attributable to Dr. James Talbot, Acting Deputy 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
Government of the Northwest Territories
[email protected](link sends e-mail)

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