COVID-19 GN Update - December 7, 2020

COVID-19 GN Update - December 7, 2020

Premier’s update:

Good morning. Today, Nunavut has three new cases of COVID-19 in Arviat. Ten new cases were identified in Arviat over the weekend.

Nunavut now has a total of 51 active cases of COVID-19. The total number of persons followed to date is 5190. There are 688 persons currently being followed. 168 Nunavummiut have now recovered from the virus.

I won’t speak for long today, but I do want to re-iterate just how important isolation is. If you have been asked to isolate by the public health team, it is necessary you do this to protect your community.

I know how hard it must be, and that you probably feel like it’s dragging on and on, but there is no alternative if you want to stop COVID in Nunavut. Please do it for your family, friends and our territory. Boredom and inconvenience are not excuses. We all must do our part.

If you have been asked to isolate, your actions now impact everyone’s health. Stay home, be patient and help keep everyone safe.


Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

This week, through an aid agreement between the Federal Government and the Red Cross, we will be starting rapid testing in the Winnipeg isolation hubs to add an extra layer of protection to the isolation process.

In Winnipeg, the Red Cross will be using the Panbio rapid testing device that can deliver results in as little as 15 minutes. Guests will be tested upon entry into the hub, on day five, and just before departure, on day 12.

Panbio is an antigen test, which looks for virus proteins to identify the virus. A positive test on the Panbio will result in a second swab being sent to a laboratory for confirmatory testing. Anyone who tests positive on the Panbio device will be isolated in their rooms. If the laboratory test confirms the positive result, the guest will remain in isolation for at least 10 days from when the test was collected.  Testing will not shorten isolation.

Currently, the testing will be voluntary. Anyone who does not wish to take the test will follow the regular 14-day isolation period. I strongly encourage people to participate as it will help reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 to the territory and provide additional protection for our families and community.

It is extremely important to follow the rules at the isolation hubs. If isolation is done properly, meaning the rules are followed, the 14-day isolation is an effective tool to reduce the risk of transmission. Testing will increase that effectiveness, but as mentioned before, nothing is perfect.

Wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing your hands and staying in your room as much as possible are emphasized at the hubs for this reason.

Testing in the isolation hub coincides with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the rest of Canada. As active case counts in the rest of the country continue to rise, it is important that we add additional measures to reduce the risk to Nunavummiut.

Thank you.


As part of the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) effort to protect Nunavummiut against the risk of COVID-19, GN Departments are implementing the following:

Department of Health Services

For all the latest information and resources about COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to:

For the latest information on current public health restrictions, go to:

COVID-19 case status: Dec. 7

Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Total persons followed Current persons followed
219 51 168 5190 688

COVID-19 community case statistics: Dec. 7

Community Confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday Confirmed COVID-19 cases today Change in case count +/- from previous day Recovered Cases Total active cases
Arviat 174 177 3 128 49
Whale Cove 21 21 0 19 2
Rankin Inlet 19 19 0 19 0
Sanikiluaq 2 2 0 2 0
TOTAL  216 219 3 168 51

Testing stats to date per community: Dec. 7

Community Tests Positive Tests Negative
Arviat 177 729
Whale Cove 21 137
Rankin Inlet 19 237
Sanikiluaq 2 189
TOTAL  219 1292

Isolation population:

Total (All Health Isolation Locations)  
Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of Dec. 6
Medical 184
Public  213
Total 397

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
05-Dec 1
06-Dec 9
07-Dec 70
08-Dec 18
09-Dec 67
Total 165

Critical Worker Requests:

As of Dec. 4, there were 9798 requests, 4584 of which were critical worker requests.

Request Status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 6475 66.1%
Denied 281 2.9%
Pending 324 3.3%
Common Travel Area 2718 27.7%
Total 9798 100%

Adjusted services:

Kivalliq Specialist Clinics

Doctors Community Closure Update

Dr. Goulet

Internal Medicine
Rankin/What Cove   Postponed until January 24th

Dr. James

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Coral Harbour Dec. 7-10 Postponed until January (dates pending)
Dr. Hildes-Ripstein                                                           Dec. 7-10 Will provide follow up by phone. Dr. Leroux will assist with physical exams when required
Dr. Newman                                          Coral Harbour Dec. 14-17                                           Proceeding as planned
Dr. Hill Baker Lake Dec. 6-10

Will be provided virtually

Dr. Thorington Naujaat Dec. 7-16 Postponed, but will follow up with nurses to review cases



Department of Community and Government services

Ongoing services:

Requests to enter the territory for construction related projects or to travel within the territory for construction related projects can be emailed to

Construction workers who completed isolation to date: 2,242.



Nunavummiut’s health is our shared responsibility! Remember: wash your hands and surfaces, practice social distancing, listen to the advice of health officials, and stay home if you’re sick.