News releases

September 14, 2020
There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2,593. There are 413 persons currently being followed. As we prepare for colder weather and shorter days, it is a good time to remind people that restrictions on gathering are still in effect. The limit for gatherings at places of worship, conference facilities, community halls, rental meeting spaces, and gatherings organized by the Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut, municipal corporations, or Regional Inuit Organizations has been set at 50 people or 50% of capacity... read more.
September 08, 2020
Premier’s update Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2,465. There are 400 persons currently being followed. It’s September, which for a lot of us feels like an entirely new year. It’s an opportunity to re-start our routines and schedules and refresh some good habits. I read something earlier on social media that really stuck with me. It said: “COVID isn’t hiding in the halls of our schools. If it isn’t already in the community then there is zero chance of it getting into our schools.” And this has... read more.
September 03, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 3, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until September 17, 2020. “Headed into the fall, and as we continue our long-term planning for COVID-19, it is important that we continue a measured response to the pandemic,” said Minister Hickes. “I ask that Nunavummiut remain vigilant and committed to practicing the public health measures in place, and that everyone does their part to keep our communities safe.” Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough... read more.
August 31, 2020
August 31, 2020 There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2321. There are 346 persons currently being followed. 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 Ottawa Residence Inn: Travel to Nunavut from the Isolation Site at the Ottawa Residence Inn, which was delayed on Friday, August 28 has resumed. Travel was delayed to Sunday, August 30 as Ottawa Public Health investigated a... read more.
August 26, 2020
News Release Security guard tests positive for COVID-19 at Ottawa isolation site Iqaluit, Nunavut (August 26, 2020) – Ottawa Public Health has advised the Government of Nunavut (GN) that an isolation site staff member at the Residence Inn on Walkley Road in Ottawa, one of Nunavut’s isolation facilities, has tested positive for COVID-19. “The Department of Health is working quickly with Ottawa Public Health to identify both potential contacts at the Residence Inn and any possible exposure in Nunavut,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer. “We are currently... read more.
August 24, 2020
August 24, 2020 There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2152. There are 314 persons currently being followed. 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 Calling Ahead at Health Centres Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call your health centre first before going in. Describe your symptoms, and health care providers can conduct a telephone assessment and may... read more.
August 17, 2020
17 August 2020 There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2,023. There are 252 persons currently being followed.   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 Calling Ahead at Health Centres Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call your health centre first before going in. Describe your symptoms, and health care providers can conduct a telephone... read more.
August 10, 2020
10 August 2020 There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 1906. There are 317 persons currently being followed.   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 Calling Ahead at Health Centres Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call your health centre first before going in. Describe your symptoms, and health care providers can conduct a telephone... read more.
August 06, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (August 6, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until August 20, 2020. “Nunavut must remain prepared for COVID-19, even as we ease restrictions,” said Minister Hickes. “As we learn to live with the virus in the long-term, we must stay diligent and consistent in following the public health advice that helps us slow its spread.” Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Nunavummiut are reminded to practice physical distancing,... read more.
July 27, 2020
Premier’s update: Good morning. There are no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 1719. There are 225 persons currently being followed. Last week, we opened a second isolation hub in Winnipeg, to accommodate the large number of backlogged medical travel patients. As of today, we have 170 rooms, and we hope to have everyone currently on the waiting list in Winnipeg into isolation by early this week. Thanks to everyone who was able to get all the logistics together so quickly, and to those in Winnipeg who have been so patient. We’ve... read more.
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