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NWT COVID-19 Weekly Update – as of November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Public Health – Chief Public Health Officer

Updates to Self-Isolation Protocols Effective Immediately
In light of record-levels of COVID-19 cases across Canada, the NWT Chief Public Health Officer is making changes to self-isolation guidance for travelers returning from outside the NWT. The full media release is available in the Health and Social Services Public Health Advisories.

Nunavut Travel Bubble To Be Suspended
Beginning on November 17, 2020 at 12pm all travellers arriving in the Northwest Territories from Nunavut will now need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the Northwest Territories, unless otherwise exempted under the July 16, 2020 Travel Order. The full media release is available in the Health and Social Services  Public Health Advisories.

Anyone in NWT Who Has Traveled From the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut Must Self-Isolate Immediately
Anyone in the Northwest Territories who has traveled from the Kivalliq Region in Nunavut at any time in the last 14 days must self-isolate immediately for 14 days since arrival. The full media release is available in the Health and Social Services Public Health Advisories.

Current COVID-19 testing and results information are available on the GNWT’s COVID-19 website


Government of the Northwest Territories

State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife Extended
The Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna has extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife through to December 4, 2020. This State of Emergency was initially instated to address the need for additional shelter space as a result of ongoing capacity limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full media release is available in the GNWT Newsroom.

Extended Flu Clinic Availability in Yellowknife
Additional appointments will be offered at Public Health from November 23 - 29. As the influenza virus causes similar symptoms to COVID-19, by getting vaccinated residents can help lessen the burden on the territory’s testing system, which will help healthcare professionals trace and respond to COVID-19 cases quickly. The full media release is available in the Health and Social Services Authority Newsroom(link is external).

Important reminders and notices

Healthy Habits

To keep yourself and others safe, stick to these healthy habits:

  • Prioritize physical distance of at least six feet.
  • Wear a non-medical mask when you’re out.
  • Keep crowds small and spaces large.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick – even if it’s mild.
  • Get assessed for COVID-19 testing if you have any symptoms.
  • Be a responsible self-isolator whenever required.

Until there is an effective, available treatment or vaccine, there will always be risk. But we can always take some control over our risk by keeping on top of these practices every day.

GNWT services during COVID-19
The GNWT has inventoried its program and service changes as a result of COVID-19 and has provided the list on its COVID-19 GNWT services webpage.  Residents are encouraged to check this page frequently for the latest updates.

Government of Canada

For the latest updates from the Government of Canada, please visit their website(link is external).