News releases

November 18, 2020
News Release 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 18, 2020) – Today, Nunavut has a total of 70 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. An additional eight new cases have been identified in Arviat, bringing the community’s number of positive cases to 54. An additional two new cases have been confirmed in Rankin Inlet, bringing the community’s number of positive cases to six. All individuals are in isolation and doing well. “Contact tracing in all impacted communities continues and there is no evidence of community transmission in Rankin Inlet at this time,” said Dr.... read more.
November 17, 2020
News Release 34 new cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 17, 2020) – As of today, Nunavut has a total of 60 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Eight cases have been confirmed in Whale Cove. An additional 26 new cases have been identified in Arviat, bringing the community’s number of positive cases to 46. All individuals are in isolation and doing well. A Rapid Response Team is currently supporting public health staff in Whale Cove remotely. “One of the cases in Whale Cove is linked to the Arviat outbreak, which led to transmission to the other seven individuals. Contact... read more.
November 16, 2020
News Release Nunavut moves to territory-wide COVID-19 restrictions Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 16, 2020) – Beginning Wednesday, November 18, Nunavut will enter a mandatory, territory-wide restriction period for two weeks, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. All non-essential services, businesses and organizations will be required to close and wherever possible, switch to work from home. Effective immediately, masks are strongly recommended in public spaces, and when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks remain mandatory in the Kivalliq region, and Sanikiluaq. “As we see... read more.
November 16, 2020
COVID-19 GN Update Premier’s update Good afternoon. It’s been a hard weekend, and as you all know, we have 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut – six new cases in Arviat and two new cases in Rankin Inlet. My thoughts are with everyone recovering and those isolating. The total number of persons followed to date is 4089. There are 768 persons currently being followed. Dr. Patterson will be explaining the new, territory-wide measures we’re putting in place, in just a moment. Before I let him do that, I want to say this – I know this will be hard. We did not want to be back to the... read more.
November 15, 2020
News Release Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 15, 2020) – As of today, Nunavut has a total of 18 positive cases of COVID-19. Nine new cases have been identified in Arviat, bringing the community’s number of positive cases to 14. One additional case was also confirmed in Rankin Inlet, bringing the community’s positive number of cases to two. The new Rankin Inlet case has been linked to Arviat. “Due to the number cases of COVID-19 in Arviat, anyone from Arviat who left the community on or after November 2 is being asked to immediately isolate for 14 days wherever... read more.
November 14, 2020
Four new cases of COVID-19 in Arviat Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 14, 2020) – As of 8 a.m. today, Nunavut has a total of eight positive cases of COVID-19. Four new cases have been identified in Arviat, bringing the community’s positive cases to five. All individuals are in isolation and doing well.   To date, 63 additional tests have been done in Sanikiluaq and have all yielded negative results. In Rankin Inlet, another 22 tests have been done, all with negative results. Contact tracing in Rankin Inlet, Sanikiluaq and Arviat continues, with the end goal to prevent community transmission. It is... read more.
November 13, 2020
News Release COVID-19 confirmed case in Arviat Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 13, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has confirmed a case of COVID-19, in Arviat. “The individual is currently outside the territory, is isolating and doing well. We have initiated contact tracing in Arviat and our Rapid Response Team is on standby to support should it become necessary,” said Dr. Patterson. “Out of an abundance of caution, beginning Sunday, November 15, all travel between Kivalliq communities will be restricted, with the exception of cargo and emergency travel.” For... read more.
November 13, 2020
COVID-19 GN Update Premier’s update Good morning. We’ve just been made aware of another positive case of COVID-19, in Arviat. The whole Kivalliq region is going into lockdown as a precaution. This is a fast-moving situation, so please be patient with us. Nunavut now has four confirmed cases of COVID-19. I’ll let Dr. Patterson give more details and answer questions, but as always, please act responsibly and be strict with our public health measures. I know you’re probably sick of me saying it over and over, but wash your hands, practice social and physical distancing, limit visiting and keep... read more.
November 11, 2020
COVID-19 GN Update The Chief Public Health Officer has confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in Rankin Inlet An update will be provided at a press conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, November 12.   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 Unless it is an emergency, we are asking that people in Rankin Inlet call the health centre first and get direction. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 are asked to call the hotline at 1-888-975-8601. Adjusted... read more.
November 11, 2020
Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Rankin Inlet Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 11, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in Rankin Inlet. “We have initiated contact tracing in the community, and are working quickly to identify anyone who may be considered a high-risk contact. Rankin Inlet has a large public health team on the ground, but a Rapid Response Team is on standby to help manage the situation if it becomes necessary,” said Dr. Patterson. “We ask the residents of Rankin Inlet to remain at home as much as possible and... read more.
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