News releases

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.
May 28, 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 1,044. 124 people are currently under investigation. We have extended Nunavut’s Public Health Emergency for an additional two weeks, until June 11. Let’s stay safe and aware as we head into another weekend. COVID-19 is still a threat, even as we ease restrictions and slowly work into our new normal. Wash your hands often, keep two metres apart and practice physical distancing, and stay home if you feel at all sick. We all need... read more.
May 25, 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 1010. 122 people are currently under investigation. Dr. Patterson will speak in a few moments about our next steps as we navigate our new normal through COVID-19. Although this virus hasn’t been present in Nunavut so far, we know that we have to be prepared and vigilant until a vaccine or treatments are developed. Dr. Patterson and his team have developed what I think is the best framework for Nunavummiut, based on public... read more.
May 21, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 972. 223 people are currently under investigation. We were hoping to unveil our re-opening plan to ease restrictions and measures today, but we are still finalizing some elements to ensure the safety and well-being of Nunavummiut. This needs to be done correctly to ensure our plans will be successful and work in Nunavut, for Nunavummiut. Thank you for your patience as we complete this important work. Our aim is to make this... read more.
May 19, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 948. 261 people are currently under investigation. There is one Nunavut resident on medical travel in Southern Canada who has tested positive for COVID-19. They are doing well, and receiving excellent care. Their medical escort is isolating and being monitored. Neither their location in the south nor their home communities will be identified. The case is out-of-territory and they have a right to privacy. As you have likely... read more.
May 14, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 881. 289 people are currently under investigation. Nunavut’s Public Health Emergency has been extended until May 28. This is a precaution to ensure our continued safety. I want to remind all Nunavummiut that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit program, also called CERB, is a federal program to ensure people who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 have access to emergency funds to be able to cover bills and stay... read more.
May 14, 2020
Public Service Announcement GN COVID-19 updates broadcast rescheduled Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson, Premier Joe Savikataaq and Minister of Health George Hickes will now provide updates on the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) response to COVID-19 twice a week: For the week of May 11-15, updates will be on Monday, May 11 and Thursday, May 14 at 3 p.m. For the week of May 18-22, updates will be on Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21 at 3 p.m. Starting the week of May 25, updates will be every Monday and Thursday at 11 a.m. until further notice. The GN COVID-19 media updates... read more.
May 11, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 838. 285 people are currently under investigation and 553 are no longer under investigation. Today is the start of National Nurses Week. Nurses are at the front line everyday, at every check-up, emergency and aftercare appointment. They are our first stop, our continuous care, our last check-in and everything in between. Nurses are the spirit of the medical profession, and they are healthcare heroes day in and day out. I... read more.
May 08, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 805. 291 people are currently under investigation and 514 are no longer under investigation. As you may know, we’re nearing the end of Mental Health Week. Self-care, checking-in and reaching out are important now, more than ever. If you or someone you know is struggling, please ask for help. Lean on one another when you can, and please remember, even when you’re feeling alone, that you aren’t. We may have to be physically... read more.
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