The territorial government said it would provide guidance on request to employers activating business continuity measures.
“During a period of self-isolation, if you develop symptoms, please call a healthcare provider and give them information about your symptoms and travel history,” said Kandola. “Please do not go to a health centre without calling ahead.
“While there are still no confirmed cases, it is essential that we take, strong, proactive action. We all have a role to play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.”
Kandola said many gatherings in NWT communities would continue to face cancellation to best protect residents. “We cannot afford to have individuals introduce the virus into smaller communities,” she said.
“I highly encourage people to go out on the land. That’s a great social distancing measure.”
“We are in a good position to manage this together,” she said on Sunday. “We are taking decisive and aggressive actions because we must try to limit the burden on our healthcare system, flattening the curve.”
In Alberta, officials on Sunday recommended the immediate closure of all K-12 schools and daycares in the province. Alberta healthcare officials said they believed “community spread” in the province – the ability of the virus to spread easily and sustainably – was likely taking place.
Kandola said teachers and students in the NWT must follow the self-isolation guidance, and individual schools may be closed if too few staff remained available, but no blanket closure of schools or daycares would yet be ordered.
She said such a move would likely be triggered if the NWT had a case of Covid-19 within one or more schools.
“At present, we have no cases,” she said, “but you will hear of school closures as primarily a decision made at community level, likely due to business continuity.”
Kandola said restrictions on travel within the NWT were possible at a future point, but were not yet being considered.