News releases

July 02, 2020
News Release Presumptive case of COVID-19 in Nunavut IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 2, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has announced a presumptive case of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine, 176 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet. “The individual is in isolation away from co-workers and doing well. The situation is contained, and I want to assure Nunavummiut that this individual recently entered the territory for work, and there has been no contact between Mary River workers and any of the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Patterson. No Nunavut residents have... read more.
June 29, 2020
Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of people under investigation to date is 1418. 140 people are currently under investigation. Starting today, day camps and youth centres are able to resume operations, and long-term care facilities will allow one to two immediate family members to visit Elders at a time. Things are slowly resuming, and I know Dr. Patterson is unveiling some more measures in just a few minutes. We continue to move forward because we are taking a cautious... read more.
June 25, 2020
Premier’s Update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of people under investigation to date is 1,358. 121 people are currently under investigation. Nunavut’s public health emergency is extended for another two weeks, until July 9. Starting June 29, we will have these updates on COVID-19 once a week, every Monday at 11 a.m. You have all done an amazing job listening to Dr. Patterson’s public health advice, staying well and keeping our communities safe. We’re still at zero cases, which means our measures are working. Now is the... read more.
June 22, 2020
Premier’s Update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of people under investigation to date is 1345. 139 people are currently under investigation. Today is the first day that restaurants, bars, hairdressers, personal service providers, churches and theatres can re-open. I know we are all excited to have some normalcy back after three long months. Enjoy your meal out, get that hair cut, spend some time with friends and family outside your homes. But please remember – physical distancing, lots of handwashing and staying home if... read more.
June 18, 2020
Premier’s Update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of people under investigation to date is 1,288. 137 people are currently under investigation. The Prime Minister announced earlier this week that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit – CERB – will be extended for another two months. While this is a great relief to those people who cannot work because of COVID-19, I want to remind people that it is a benefit for a specific reason. I hate to sound like a broken record, but if your regular employment or your income has not... read more.
June 15, 2020
Premier’s Update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of people under investigation to date is 1,239. 152 people are currently under investigation. Starting today, gyms can be open for solo workouts and pools can be open for lap swims. Dental clinics, physiotherapy clinics, message therapy and chiropractic treatments can resume, as long as proper PPE is used. Dr. Patterson will speak shortly about the next phase of eased restrictions, and I want to remind everyone that we can only keep opening up as long as we all commit to... read more.
June 11, 2020
Premier’s update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 1,197. 128 people are currently under investigation. Nunavut’s Public Health Emergency has been extended for an additional two weeks, until June 25. I have received some messages about inconsistencies in some of the isolation hubs. We have looked into this, and I want to assure Nunavummiut that anyone who is not following the rules – rules that apply to everyone coming into Nunavut – must re-start isolation and will spend... read more.
June 08, 2020
Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 1,166. 119 people are currently under investigation. I’m pleased to provide an update on the support package for our airlines. As we previously announced, we entered into agreements with Calm Air and Canadian North to provide financial assistance in April, May and June to maintain adequate airline service for medical travel services and critical workers into Nunavut. The Government of Nunavut (... read more.
June 04, 2020
Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier update: Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 1,122. 106 people are currently under investigation. Starting Monday, June 8, Iqaluit’s Beer and Wine Store will be open for Elders over 60 only from 1-4 p.m. on Mondays. This is a measure to ensure social distancing and avoiding crowds for our Elders, and I ask that everyone respect and be mindful of that. I also want to remind everyone that having someone else purchase your daily limit at the... read more.
June 01, 2020
Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier update: Good morning. I am filling in for Premier Savikataaq for the next couple of updates. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 1,103. 142 people are currently under investigation. It’s June 1st, and that means that daycares can re-open as of today, if they choose and are ready with enhanced cleaning protocols. Territorial parks and municipal playgrounds can now open, and gatherings of up to 25 people for outdoor gatherings are also now permitted.... read more.
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