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Coronavirus

NWT long-term care homes reintroduce Covid-19 restrictions


Long-term care facilities in Yellowknife, Norman Wells, and Behchokǫ̀ are now closed to visitors due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the NWT.

In Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Simpson, and Inuvik, facilities now have a limit of two designated visitors per resident. 

The territory’s health authority said the move is in line with outbreak guidelines, which also include increasing Covid-19 screening for staff and residents, more cleaning of highly touched surfaces, no group activities for residents, and physical distancing.

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At facilities where residents can only have two visitors, those visitors must be from the same household and visits have to take place in the resident’s room – not a common area – unless they take place outside.

In Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Simpson, and Inuvik, physically distanced group activities are still allowed to take place, but with a maximum of 10 residents.

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