Households in Yellowknife, Ndilo and Dettah are no longer allowed to host visitors indoors, with some limited exceptions, according to a revised public health order from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer that will remain in effect until Oct. 11 at 11:59 p.m.

Among the exceptions are single member households can bubble with one additional household; caregivers providing care to an individual (check-ins on the elderly, individuals with disabilities, etc.); those who have regularly scheduled childcare arrangements and respite needs; persons responding to emergencies (medical emergencies, police emergencies and urgent home repairs, etc); and previously approved family reunification.

Chief public health officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola “recognizes that this order will be in place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” and that Northerners are encouraged to gather with their online families,” states a news release.

To protect privacy, the CPHO will not comment on vaccine status of NWT residents who have died of COVID-19 when there have been fewer than 10 such deaths.

Data from across Canada, provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada on Sept. 11, show that 80.2 per cent of COVID-19 deaths are in unvaccinated individuals, 8.4 per cent are in individuals not yet protected (such as children) , 7.7 per cent are in partially vaccinated individuals and 3.7 per cent of deaths were in fully-vaccinated individuals.

The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) has announced 45 new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT since Sept. 28. There are 283 active cases among residents in the territory — plus four active out-of-territory cases. There have been six NWT deaths overall.

The OCPHO has also declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road (TSAR) work camp. The OCPHO defines an outbreak as “evidence of transmission of COVID-19” at the camp.

The individuals who tested positive are safely isolating and any impacted workers are being monitored for signs and symptoms. There is no additional risk to the public identified at this time, according to the OCPHO.

Everyone in the NWT who tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately isolate for a period of 10 days, which begins at the time they receive a positive test result for the virus.

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  1. I agree with Anonymous I for one am totally vaccinated and will not be following Kami’s order I’ve been locked down and had my life put on hold for too long. I really don’t care anymore about protecting anyone my life is going ahead as normal. Kami has said once we reach herd immunity we would be good. We reached herd so everyone who is not part of the herd its your turn to suffer lockdowns or face the consequences I have a clear conscience going forward. I hope you all protect yourself but don’t ask me to anymore!!!

  2. Ethan, your data presentation is very irresponsible. The 8.4% (699/27400) that have died which you state are ” individuals not yet protected (such as children)” is a blatant lie!
    Statistics Canada states in its definition section, under the table from which you pulled your numbers, clearly that “Cases not yet protected from vaccination include those whose episode date occurred less than 14 days after their first dose of the vaccine.”
    16 of the 27400 deaths are from persons under 19 years of age, statistically that is 0.058% of all COVID deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the “individuals not yet protected” that have died (16/699*100) 2.29% are children. To use children as the driver of the definition is a gross misrepresentation of data and is damaging to the journalistic integrity of the paper your write for. I hope this is corrected.

  3. This is bullshit .
    Many more families are going to be moving out of the north .the rest of Canada is a least opened
    They wait until it get worse to come up with outrageous plans instead of planning ahead for when it happens .
    We all had know outbreak here was inevitable but as usual they push panic mode instead of being prepared .
    All total BS