News releases

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.
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.
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