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N.W.T. extends public health emergency

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 12:20 PM | By John Chunn


Northwest Territories Minister of Health and Social Services Diane Thom announced on July 23 the extension of the territory-wide public health emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act on the advice of chief public health officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola.

According to a press release from the government of the Northwest Territories (GWNT) the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in some jurisdictions in Canada is a strong reminder that vigilance and public health measures remain necessary to ensure that risk to residents — and particularly remote communities — is well-managed; that our health system retains capacity; and the GNWT is prepared to respond quickly to new cases or outbreaks.

The GNWT is reminding everyone that travel within the NWT is restricted upon arrival with limited exceptions. It is an offence to travel within the N.W.T. without an exemption under the public health orders.

The release adds that everyone entering the N.W.T. is required to self-isolate for 14 days in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River or Fort Smith with few exceptions — no matter how long your trip out of the territory is.