News releases

October 08, 2020
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 the... read more.
October 05, 2020
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 3108. There are 541 persons currently being followed. Attribution of the cases at Hope Bay mine is pending. Hope Bay Mine outbreak update: Following further confirmatory testing at a lab in southern Canada, there are currently nine positive cases of COVID-19 at Hope Bay Mine. Four additional presumptive positive cases have been identified and are pending confirmatory testing. Twelve people remain in isolation. All non-critical travel to and from the mine... read more.
October 02, 2020
COVID-19 GN Update Premier’s update Good morning. We are still awaiting confirmatory results from the individuals tested at Hope Bay Mine. The total number of persons followed to date is 2981. There are 465 persons currently being followed. Before Dr. Patterson speaks about the situation at Hope Bay Mine, I want to take a few minutes to speak directly to Nunavummiut about our responsibilities; each and every single one of us. As we see cases rising quickly in parts of Southern Canada, it is clear we are into the second wave of this virus. COVID-19 is nowhere close to being over. It will be... read more.
September 28, 2020
News Release Rapid Response Team deployed to Hope Bay Mine Iqaluit, Nunavut (September 28, 2020) – The Department of Health has activated its COVID Rapid Response Team in response to seven new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 at TMAC Resources’ Hope Bay Mine, 125 km southwest of Cambridge Bay. At this time, there is no established link between these new cases and the previous two confirmed positives at the mine. If swabs come back confirmed from the southern lab, they will count as Nunavut’s first COVID-19 cases. “These latest cases lead us to believe there is transmission of COVID-19... read more.
September 21, 2020
News Release Confirmed COVID-19 case at Mary River Mine IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 21, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, today announced a positive case of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine 176 km southwest of Pond Inlet. The individual was not exposed to the virus in Nunavut and the case will count as a positive in the individual’s home jurisdiction. “The individual is currently in isolation and has not developed symptoms,” said Dr. Patterson. “The results were confirmed by the Hamilton Regional Laboratory today.” There is no evidence of transmission at... read more.
September 19, 2020
News Release Confirmed COVID-19 cases at Hope Bay Mine IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 19, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, today announced two positive cases of COVID-19 at the Hope Bay Mine 125 km southwest of Cambridge Bay. Both individuals were identified as having been exposed in their home jurisdiction. Although the exposure happened prior to travel, this was not identified until after they had arrived at the mine site. “Both miners are asymptomatic and were immediately isolated and swabbed for the virus,” said Dr. Patterson. “The samples tested positive... read more.
September 17, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 17, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until October 1, 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.
September 14, 2020
There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2,593. There are 413 persons currently being followed. As we prepare for colder weather and shorter days, it is a good time to remind people that restrictions on gathering are still in effect. The limit for gatherings at places of worship, conference facilities, community halls, rental meeting spaces, and gatherings organized by the Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut, municipal corporations, or Regional Inuit Organizations has been set at 50 people or 50% of capacity... read more.
September 08, 2020
Premier’s update Good morning. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 2,465. There are 400 persons currently being followed. It’s September, which for a lot of us feels like an entirely new year. It’s an opportunity to re-start our routines and schedules and refresh some good habits. I read something earlier on social media that really stuck with me. It said: “COVID isn’t hiding in the halls of our schools. If it isn’t already in the community then there is zero chance of it getting into our schools.” And this has... read more.
September 03, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 3, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until September 17, 2020. “Headed into the fall, and as we continue our long-term planning for COVID-19, it is important that we continue a measured response to the pandemic,” said Minister Hickes. “I ask that Nunavummiut remain vigilant and committed to practicing the public health measures in place, and that everyone does their part to keep our communities safe.” Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough... read more.
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