News releases

July 23, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 23, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until August 6, 2020. “The threat of COVID-19 remains a serious risk, and we must ensure we continue to be diligent in our efforts to protect Nunavummiut,” said Minister Hickes. “Thanks to everyone who continues to follow our public health measures and advice. We are collectively responsible to one another and our communities, and we must stay committed.” All existing measures under the public health emergency... read more.
July 20, 2020
Minister of Health, on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. We have a lot of announcements today, so I’ll speak very briefing in this capacity. There are still two presumptive cases of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine, as we await results from the south. The total number of persons followed to date is 1629. There are 179 persons currently being followed. Last week Canada’s Premiers and the federal government authorized Canada’s Safe Restart Agreement. Nunavut will receive up to $18.9 million in federal support. This will include a cash transfer of $12.1 million, as well as $5.7 million... read more.
July 15, 2020
Presumptive cases of COVID-19 at Mary River Mine IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 15, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, today announced two presumptive cases of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine, 176 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet. “The individuals and their contacts are asymptomatic and were immediately placed in isolation. Additional swabs were taken and sent for confirmatory testing at a southern lab, with results expected early next week,” said Dr. Patterson. At this time, there is no evidence of transmission within the Mary River Mine site. Nunavut’s Public... read more.
July 13, 2020
Minister of Health, on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. There are once again no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 1,553. There are 163 persons current being followed. I’m pleased to announce that we are now offering country food in our isolation hubs. This program is in its initial stages, and we are just finalizing shipping and delivery to Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg. We are very happy to be able to provide a bit of home to those isolating before they return to Nunavut, and hope this will make their stay a bit... read more.
July 09, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 9, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until July 23, 2020. “We must remain diligent and aware that the threat of COVID-19 has not yet passed,” said Minister Hickes. “Please continue to maintain physical distancing and handwashing practices, limit any non-essential travel out of the territory, and stay home if you are feeling unwell. We must all continue doing our part to keep each other safe.” All existing measures under the public health emergency... read more.
July 06, 2020
Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. There is still one presumptive case of COVID-19 in Nunavut, at the Mary River Mine. Again, I want to stress how isolated this case is, and that Nunavummiut do not need to worry about the spread in this instance. The total number of people followed to date is 1,467. 157 people are currently under investigation. Nunavut Day is on Thursday, and while we won’t have community-wide celebrations like we usually do, I hope you’re still able to celebrate our incredible territory safely with friends and family. We’ve come a long way... read more.
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.
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