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Coronavirus

NWT renews public health emergency for 20th time


The Northwest Territories government renewed its territory-wide public health emergency for the 20th time on Tuesday morning.

Health minister Julie Green made the decision as the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated across Canada, a news release from the NWT government stated.

The territory said the public health emergency is needed to “decisively respond to shifts in the NWT’s own public health situation.”

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Declaring and maintaining a public health emergency gives the NWT’s chief public health officer expanded powers, including the ability to procure and distribute medical supplies and establish a voluntary immunization program in the territory. 

According to the territory’s Covid-19 dashboard, there are currently three active cases of the virus in the NWT. There have been 24 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the territory since March. 

Under the territory’s Public Health Act, a public health emergency expires every two weeks unless it is extended by the health minister. The latest extension expires on January 5. 

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