Another resident has died of COVID-19, announced the chief public health officer (CPHO) in a press release Tuesday evening.
A total of six residents have died from the current COVID-19 outbreak, four of which have passed away since last Friday.
The number of hospitalized patients has risen by three in one day.
The CPHO says 33 residents have been hospitalized since the start of the pandemic as a result of COVID-19, 12 of which have been admitted to the ICU.
The number of active cases in the NWT rose by 49 since Monday to 259.
Behchokǫ̀ saw the largest rise and now has 75 active cases in the community.
There are also 165 active cases in Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilǫ, which are all under a circuit breaker lockdown.
An additional eight active cases are in Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation, four are in Whatì and three are in Délı̨nę.
Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope and Fort Simpson each have a single active case.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the Red Cross will continue to aid the NWT navigate the outbreak.
Update: We’ve approved an extension of a request for assistance from the Northwest Territories. @RedCrossCanada will continue to provide the resources that communities need to keep people safe – including support for contact tracing, COVID-19 testing, acute care, and more. https://t.co/qPHOuDLUpZ
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 29, 2021
The territorial government announced that GNWT employees who work with vulnerable groups in education, health care, corrections services those who have to travel to remote communities will be required to be vaccinated.
To date, 77 per cent of the NWT’s eligible population is fully vaccinated and 82 per cent have received a single dose.