News releases

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.
May 06, 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 778. 326 people are currently under investigation and 452 are no longer under investigation. I’m announcing that last week’s decision about charging for mandatory 14-day isolation stays for residents returning to the territory has been reversed, and no one will be charged any fees. The Government of Nunavut will continue to cover these costs as long as mandatory isolation for residents returning to the territory is in place.... read more.
May 04, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. As we announced earlier, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Last week’s result was a false positive. I’m sure many people are very relieved, especially the individual, their family and community of Pond Inlet. I’ll ask Dr. Patterson to explain how he and his team determined it was a false positive, and the system in place to capture this. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 703. 266 people are currently under investigation and 437 people are no longer under investigation. As I announced last week, any Nunavut... read more.
May 04, 2020
For Immediate Release IQALUIT, Nunavut (May 4, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has determined that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Last week’s result from Pond Inlet was re-tested and deemed a false positive.   “We have a very comprehensive system of investigating and tracing COVID-19 in the territory to ensure checks and balances are in place. Testing is one component, and further tracing, monitoring and evaluating information helps us capture the whole picture,” said Dr. Patterson. “As there were no other positive COVID-19 tests in... read more.
May 01, 2020
Premier’s update: Good afternoon. There is still one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 602. 196 people are currently under investigation and 406 people are no longer under investigation. The rapid response team has been in Pond Inlet since yesterday, and they are working tirelessly with health staff in the community to trace this case, work to manage the situation and care for the individual and restrict/slow the spread of COVID-19. As you may have heard, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly cancelled the Spring sitting... read more.
April 30, 2020
For Immediate Release IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 30, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. “We did anticipate that it was only a matter of time before our territory had a confirmed case, and unfortunately today is that day,” said Patterson. “We have initiated contact tracing in the community and our rapid response team is on its way to Pond Inlet, to provide care and ensure the community has all necessary supports to help manage the situation.” The individual is in isolation and... read more.
April 30, 2020
Premier’s update: Good morning. Today, I am confirming Nunavut’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pond Inlet. Dr. Patterson will speak to the very thorough, very prepared rapid response to COVID-19 in Nunavut, but I first want to remind Nunavummiut of something very important: No one wants this virus. No one brought the virus to Nunavut on purpose. No one deserves shame or blame at this time. The whole world is experiencing this uncertainty and fear. We are not alone. Nunavut is no exception to this global pandemic. Now is the time for patience, kindness and staying home. We will get... read more.
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