Some people in quarantine or self-isolation are being forced to rely on tourism operators and social networks for supplies.
That situation is only expected to get worse after tonight with new arrivals forced into 14-day hotel stays across the Territory.
Katherine Times has been seeking details all week on authorities about how supervised quarantine will function and whether any of those forced stays will be in Katherine accommodation houses.
Access to food and other essentials is emerging as a major problem for those quarantining far away from family and friends.
Across Australia, services are attending to the rapidly developing need as isolation measures intensify.
In Victoria, for instance, an initiative overseen by the State Relief coordinator is providing meals and other essential items tailored to the household free of charge to their door.
While existing services in for ageing and disabled populations in Katherine continue to provide to their clients, there is no public service currently available for people outside these categories.
NT Friendship and Support said it wanted to help anyone needing support at this time, but had to focus on its target groups first.
"We've got seniors, disabilities and then everyone else after that," organisation CEO Stephanie Ransome said.
"We have one bus, so we will be doing what we can for the community during this time. We'll work with anybody if we can.
"We've spoken to Woolworths but their hands are tied as a national franchise, we're also looking to set up a delivery service with local businesses but that's still in the planning stage at the moment," she said.
Meanwhile, one new resident is currently relying on a stranger to administer his needs.
"I arrived in Darwin from Melbourne last Sunday and came down to Katherine to safely complete my quarantine," the man in his 20s, who do not want to be identified, said.
"I'll absolutely be complying strictly with the quarantine, but given the services available back home I assumed there would be a way for me to organise for at least my basic needs at home to be met.
"Instead I've sought support from a local through mutual friends and that person is helping me, but he's a stranger with his own commitments to it's not really a stable situation for me," he said.
Caravan parks providing en-suite cabins to those in isolation are also currently picking up the slack.
"We currently have one lot of Taiwanese boys that have come from Perth and are doing their 14-day quarantine," Riverview Tourist Park manager Fiona Young said.
"It's a bit weird that there's no service available because as it stands we're having to do all the shopping for these people, taking orders and going out to Woolworths each day.
"We've spoken to Woolworths but they have no online service at the moment to maintain supplies in store," she said.
Woolworths have rolled out a "basics box" delivery service for those isolating across New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.
They was no immediate plan to bring the service to "communities such as Katherine".
Service providers within Katherine haven't received any communication from the Territory government about the developing need.
"In our program we do aged and disability care for indigenous people over 55 and the general public over 65, as well as for people on an NDIS plan," said Anglicare Aged and Disability Care team leader Shania Gobbert.
"We can take on extra people that fit those definitions, but they have to be externally assessed before coming to us which will obviously be difficult under isolation.
"I'm not aware of any services currently filling this need nor communications from the government in this space," she said.
The NT Government has been asked to comment.
If you are elderly and in need of support, NT Friendship and Support have opened their services to the general public.
You can call them directly at 8971 0027.