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The GNWT has again extended the territory-wide public health emergency under the advice of chief public health officer (CPHO) Dr. Kami Kandola.

The latest extension is the 14th straight. The state of public health emergency will remain in place until at least Oct. 13.

The GNWT issued a news release Tuesday stating the extension is necessary due to a rise in Covid transmission in neighbouring jurisdictions.

“As Covid-19 has accelerated across Canada, some provinces are talking about locking down again,” CPHO spokesperson Mike Westwick said. “The NWT is in a position where we are looking at how to move forward faster with careful considerations of risk because of strong, early response.”

The office of the CPHO is reminding NWT residents that a 14-day self-isolation period is required for anyone entering the territory.

“Self-isolation is the frontline of our Covid-19 defence,” Westwick said. “If you’re required to self-isolate, do your part and stick to the self-isolation plan.”

Rapid testing has resulted in quicker Covid test return times, according to Westwick. He said work to further increase testing capacity is underway and that the equipment for wastewater surveillance is expected to arrive within the next week-and-a-half.

“By staying strong on a gradual, deliberate path forward together, the territory can build the stability we need to accelerate our economic and social recovery,” he said.

The public health emergency was first declared March 18.

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Natalie Pressman

Natalie is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program. She has since held contracts working with an NGO in Vietnam and with Journalists for Human Rights in Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent...

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