All long term care facilities in Yellowknife, Norman Wells and Behchoko will close their facilities to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak situation in the Territory.
Guidelines being reintroduced in these homes include stopping all visitations; restricting passes out of facility to essential medical appointments; and increasing staff and resident screening to twice per day.
These changes come on the heels of an outbreak declared at a long term care facility in Norman Wells on Wednesday
Other changes include cleaning of high touch surfaces four times per day; no group activities; and physical distancing of residents when out of their rooms.
Facilities in Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Simpson and Inuvik will also be making changes to facility processes.
Only two designated visitors are allowed per resident and they must be from the same household. Visits are only to occur in resident rooms and not common areas and outdoor visits on property must not involve other residents
The NTHSSA says visits off property should be limited as much as possible
Activities in these homes will still be allowed for residents but only with a maximum of 5-10 people.