7 new COVID cases in NWT; containment order in Norman Wells and exposure locations in Hay River

An oil rig outside Norman Wells. (File photo/CKLB)

The office of the chief public health officer (OCPHO) announced seven new cases of COVID-19 in the NWT Tuesday evening.

This brings the total of active cases to 225.

Earlier in the day, public health announced the territory’s first death related to the virus.

CKLB has reported it was 92-year-old Gabe Kochon of Fort Good Hope.

Containment in Norman Wells

The OCPHO’s containment order kicked in at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

This means:

  • No gatherings at homes or public spaces, except for people caring for others or regular childcare
  • No outdoor gatherings with people you don’t live with
  • Non-essential businesses and facilities must close, such as community centres and schools
  • Essential businesses and facilities can stay open with a limit of 10 people inside, such as grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, banks, post office, etc.
  • Offices can stay open if no more than 10 people and two metres between people
  • Daycares can stay open only for essential workers
  • People must wear masks in all public indoor spaces

The containment order is in place for 10 days.

Hay River exposure locations

The OCPHO added three locations in Hay River to the NWT-wide public health risk of exposure list.

  • Super A Grocery Store; Aug. 20; 11-11;45 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Rings Drugstore; Aug. 20; 2:15-2:45 p.m.
  • Two Seasons Campground, Hay River BBQ; Aug. 21; 7-8 p.m.

Anyone who was at these locations at these times must self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask in public places.

If symptoms develop, then isolate and call the health centre to get tested.

K’atl’odeeche First Nation has also declared a state of emergency following the confirmation of one case in the community.

Finally, residents who are struggling with mental health during the outbreak can contact their local counsellor here.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.