NWT launches new website to provide COVID-19 info

Premier Caroline Cochrane. (CKLB file photo).

In an effort to streamline important information on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, the territorial government has launched a new website.

The website includes accurate information about how to keep safe, the rules for keeping others safe and changes to how the government delivers services.

Under the Communities section of the website, the GNWT provides information for various groups including its plan for aiding the homeless and vulnerable population. The strategy involves a network of shelters to house people at the Aspen Shelter, Isolation Shelter, Arnica Inn, Salvation Army Day Shelter and the Inuvik Warming Centre.

The website also provides translated resources for COVID-19 safety in Chipewyan, Gwich’in, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktituk, North Slavey, South Slavey and Tłı̨chǫ.

The website, which took two weeks to launch, was built in-house by the Departmental of Health and Social Services, Corporate Communications and Information Shared Services, said Trista Haugland, cabinet spokesperson, in an email.

“All government departments have had to make adjustments to programs and services as a result of COVID-19. It is important for our residents to have a single place to go and find the most up-to-date information and I am confident that this new website will help connect people to the information they need, and make this challenging time a little bit easier on all of us,” said Premier Caroline Cochrane, in a press release.

Diane Thom, minister of health and social services, said in a press release the website will make finding information on the virus quicker and easier to access.

“We recognize that NWT residents want to be able to find relevant health information quickly and easily so they know what to do to protect themselves, their families and their communities from COVID-19,” she said.

The website can be reached at www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19.

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