News releases

GN confirms second positive COVID-19 case in Sanikiluaq   Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 8, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has confirmed a second positive case of COVID-19 in Sanikiluaq. “The individual is part of the same household as the first positive case, is asymptomatic, isolated and is doing well,” said Dr. Patterson. On November 7, a Rapid Response Team with one nurse and one technician arrived in Sanikiluaq to assist the team already in the community. As of today, 11 people have been identified as persons being followed. The team is… read more.
News Release Confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nunavut Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 6, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has confirmed Nunavut’s first case of COVID-19, in Sanikiluaq. “We have initiated contact tracing in the community and our rapid response team is on standby to help manage the situation should it become necessary,” said Patterson. “We ask residents of Sanikiluaq to remain at home at this time and limit contact with other residents including family members not residing in the same household. It is important that health measures are followed… read more.
COVID-19 GN Update Premier’s update Good afternoon. Originally this was meant to be a standard update, but as you know, we now have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Sanikiluaq. This is Nunavut’s first confirmed case. On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I’m sending best wishes to the patient, their family and the whole community. You’re in our thoughts and we are here to help. Nunavut now has one confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of persons followed to date is 3803. There are 583 persons currently being followed. Dr. Patterson will speak shortly about what we know so far and… read more.
News Release Premier makes significant cabinet changes Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 6, 2020) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced changes to Nunavut’s executive council, after swearing in the newest member of cabinet, Minister Margaret Nakashuk, earlier this week. Effective Monday, November 9: Minister David Akeeagok remains Deputy Premier and Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, and becomes Minister of Human Resources Minister Lorne Kusugak becomes Minister of Health and Minister responsible for Seniors; Minister George Hickes remains Minister of Finance and becomes… read more.
COVID-19 GN Update Premier’s update Good afternoon. Originally this was meant to be a standard update, but as you know, we now have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Sanikiluaq. This is Nunavut’s first confirmed case. On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I’m sending best wishes to the patient, their family and the whole community. You’re in our thoughts and we are here to help. Nunavut now has one confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of persons followed to date is 3803. There are 583 persons currently being followed. Dr. Patterson will speak shortly about what we know so far and… read more.
COVID-19 GN Update There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 3681. There are 550 persons currently being followed. As cases of COVID-19 in Southern Canada increase, the Department of Health would like to remind Nunavummiut that there are numerous public health measures working to reduce the risk of COVID-19 being transmitted in Nunavut. The Isolation requirement is the most effective way to break transmission. All travellers coming to Nunavut with an exemption are required to self-isolate, for critical workers… read more.
COVID-19 GN Update -  October 26, 2020 There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The confirmed cases at the mines have been attributed to their home jurisdictions. The total number of persons followed to date is 3501. There are 521 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 Total (all health isolation locations)   Traveler type Guests in… read more.
COVID-19 GN Update There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The confirmed cases at Hope Bay mine have been attributed to their home jurisdictions. The total number of persons followed to date is 3404. There are 550 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 The Department of Health would like to remind all Nunavummiut that travel out of Nunavut is not recommended. The second wave… read more.
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (October 15, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until October 29, 2020. All existing measures under the public health emergency order remain in effect. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Nunavummiut are reminded to practice physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and to stay home if they feel unwell. Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m… read more.
COVID-19 GN Update Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier update Good morning. The total number of persons followed to date is 3159. There are 523 persons currently being followed. Dr. Patterson will speak in just a moment about the situation at Hope Bay Mine. First, I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard over the last few weeks to make sure this outbreak was contained, traced and isolated. This work is invaluable in better understanding COVID-19, how it is transmitted, and how we can keep people safe – not just in Nunavut, but in other jurisdictions as well. Thank you to… read more.