News releases

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.
April 29, 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 580. 219 people are currently under investigation and 361 people are no longer under investigation. As a public announcement, the public health emergency is being extended until May 14, 2020. Many students have now received their first at home learning package. Most of these packages include work and activities for one or two weeks at a time, to strengthen skills in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing Families should... read more.
April 27, 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 550. 227 people are currently under investigation and 323 people are no longer under investigation. Minister Ehaloak and Dr. Patterson are both speaking today, so I want to give them enough time before questions. Before they start, I do want to take a few moments to thank Nunavummiut for all their efforts, kindness, patience and strength over the last six weeks. You may have seen the footage last night on the TV special... read more.
April 24, 2020
Deputy Premier’s update: Good afternoon. I’m filling in for Premier Savikataaq today, as he is on a call with the first ministers right now. There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 530. 253 people are currently under investigation and 277 people are no longer under investigation. Today, we are announcing that all Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) campuses and facilities are now closed to students until the fall. Students with family can remain in NAC’s family residences. NAC program heads and... read more.
April 23, 2020
Statement US Aircraft grounded in Iqaluit Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: “Earlier today, a commercial US-registered aircraft flying to Thule, Greenland was unable to land and was diverted to Iqaluit. The freighter aircraft had five crew members on board and was met by Canadian Border Services and Nunavut (CBSA) airport authorities. The Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) were immediately notified. CBSA cleared the crew as they had no symptoms and temperatures were normal when taken on board. Under the direction of the CPHO, the... read more.
April 22, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 485. 235 people are currently under investigation and 250 people are no longer under investigation. I’m happy to announce that through the Nunavut Development Corporation, the Government of Nunavut is funding seamstresses to make 5,000 face masks for Elders, Nunavummiut with underlining health conditions, and non-medical first responders like firefighters. At least 500 have been set aside immediately for our air travellers, to comply with... read more.
April 20, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 453. 252 people are currently under investigation and 201 people are no longer under investigation. In response to Transport Canada’s recent announcement about mandatory non-surgical masks during air travel, the Government of Nunavut is working with our airlines to ensure that all passengers have access to these masks so they can fly safely. Today, we are pleased to announce $2 million in funding for our municipalities to cover expenses... read more.
April 17, 2020
Deputy premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 430. 231 people are currently under investigation and 199 people are no longer under investigation. I won’t take up too much time as Minister Joanasie will make an important announcement in just a few moments. However, I do want to remind all Nunavummiut just how important is to ensure you take all our measures to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 seriously, especially as the weekend is here. If you do not live with someone, you... read more.
April 16, 2020
News Release Minister of Health extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 16, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until April 30, 2020. “Nunavut’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have proven effective so far,” said Minister Hickes. “Now is not the time to relax measures or loosen our guidelines. We need to remain committed in order to protect our communities.” All existing measures under the public health emergency order remain in effect. For more information on COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to: www.gov.nu.ca... read more.
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