This is page numbers 739 - 766 of the Hansard for the 19th Assembly, 2nd Session. The original version can be accessed on the Legislative Assembly's website or by contacting the Legislative Assembly Library. The word of the day was health.

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Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
Oral Questions

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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

As I mentioned, our health centres are equipped with the usual routine and emergency equipment.

Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
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Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Just in regard to the action plan in regard to the staffing, how does it work now in regard to where we are going to get our extra nurses from to provide services in case something happens in the community? Is there a special nursing team that's going to come in and help the nursing staff of the day, I guess, if anybody in the community has that? Is there a plan in place to make sure that our staff is not overworked and somebody is backing them up?

Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

Our department has the emergency operation centre. The purpose of this is to provide the health and social services system response and recovery for emergency situations. The emergency operation centre includes representatives from the departments and the Health and Social Services Authority. This was activated on March 11th, and the centre has been meeting daily. A representative on the Emergency Operation Centre also works closely with MACA and the Territorial Planning Committee.

Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Nunakput.

Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
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Jackie Jacobson Nunakput

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Again, with staffing, we have 33 communities, and not all communities have nursing stations. We have nursing stations, but no staff, such as Tsiigehtchic. For the next three months, are we going to be providing a nurse in Tsiigehtchic, and making sure that all of our nursing stations are properly complemented with nursing staff? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

In the community of Tsiigehtchic, we do have a nurse who comes in. I believe the schedule is twice a week. I'd like the Member to be aware that I've been talking with the MLA from the Mackenzie Delta on possibly extending this service in the interim, to have someone there more frequently. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Question 220-19(2): COVID-19 Pandemic and Portable Medical Equipment for Communities
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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Oral questions. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
Oral Questions

March 16th, 2020

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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I want to go over a few questions that I received over the weekend from constituents. The first is that a number of news releases or public advisories have gone out with phone numbers for people to call in the event that they have symptoms to report. My constituent called the Yellowknife number, which is the public health unit number, yesterday afternoon, and there was no answer. I'm concerned that, in fact, these numbers are only monitored during work hours. Can the Minister assure me that there is some kind of seven-day-a-week coverage of these phone numbers that are being advertised to people to call? Thank you.

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
Oral Questions

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Yellowknife Centre. Minister of Health and Social Services.

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I was not aware of the phone number and no one being on the other side of it. We do provide numerous numbers. We also have a website, www.hss.gov.nt.ca. That website contains the most up-to-date information on what to do to keep your family safe if you've been travelling or concerned that you may have been exposed to this virus.

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

I appreciate that answer from the Minister of Health, but it's simply not good enough. If somebody feels that they have symptoms and they require testing, a two-day delay can result in a lot more exposure between them, their families, and the public in a grocery store or any other place. Can the Minister make a commitment to have at least one number that everyone can call 24-7 to talk to somebody in person about their symptoms?

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

I will go back and look into this, because it is crucial. Communication is key in keeping everybody up-to-date and informed. This is something I will look at.

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
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Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Another question I received on the weekend was: why is it that the health department has decided that, if and when a case is confirmed, the location will not be shared with the public? Can the Minister tell us why that is the case?

Question 221-19(2): COVID-19 and Support for Tourism
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Diane Thom Inuvik Boot Lake

On Friday, when we did the press release with the Chief Public Health Officer, she did make that announcement. I don't know the rationale about why we won't disclose this, but it is something I can find out and get back to the Member.

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The Speaker (Hon. Frederick Blake Jr) Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Yellowknife Centre.