GNWT extends public health emergency for tenth time

Diane Thom, minister of Health and Social Services. (File photo/CKLB)

Diane Thom, the minister of Health and Social Services, has once again extended the public health emergency.

The territorial government says the risk remains high as there have been several outbreaks in southern Canada.

It adds that about 700 new self-isolation plans are filed every week.

The territory also confirmed a case of the virus at the Diavik Diamond Mine last Friday.

The person remains in self-isolation at the site.

Maintaining the public health emergency allows current travel restrictions, isolation requirements and enforcement to remain in place.

This latest extension will last until August 18.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to