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Four charges were laid in the last week for failing to properly self-isolate, according to a report from the Covid Secretariat on Wednesday.

Three of the charges were laid in the North Slave and one in the South Slave, as of Oct. 3, bringing to 27 the total number of Covid health order violations in the NWT.

Each summary offence comes with a ticket of $1,725.

The GNWT doesn’t release the specific locations of violations so as not to contribute to social stigma.

The North Slave accounts for the majority of the 2,744 investigations of possible breaches of health orders. Most of those investigations have been closed. There have been 269 verbal warnings and 41 written warnings.

Compliance and Enforcement officers and regional leads have visited 32 communities to respond to 5,671 requests and cases. Most of them, or 2,664 were for exceptional exemption requests and approvals for individuals; 1,267 were for self-isolation and travel restriction issues; and others were to investigate gatherings, and to respond to business and facility complaints and individual informational inquiries.

Self-isolation plans

A total of 21,317 Self-isolation Plans (SIPs) have been submitted to ProtectNWT, as of Oct. 3, with 685 pending approval.

The period of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 marked the lowest number of submitted SIPs since July, with 639 handed in to ProtectNWT. For the previous reporting period of Sept. 20 to 26 there were 778 approved SIPs.

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Blair McBride

Blair McBride covers the Legislative Assembly, business and education. Before coming to Yellowknife he worked as a journalist in British Columbia, Thailand and Ontario. He studied journalism at Western...

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