News releases

August 10, 2020
10 August 2020 There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 1906. There are 317 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 Calling Ahead at Health Centres Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call your health centre first before going in. Describe your symptoms, and health care providers can conduct a telephone... read more.
August 06, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (August 6, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until August 20, 2020. “Nunavut must remain prepared for COVID-19, even as we ease restrictions,” said Minister Hickes. “As we learn to live with the virus in the long-term, we must stay diligent and consistent in following the public health advice that helps us slow its spread.” Symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. Nunavummiut are reminded to practice physical distancing,... read more.
July 27, 2020
Premier’s update: Good morning. There are no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 1719. There are 225 persons currently being followed. Last week, we opened a second isolation hub in Winnipeg, to accommodate the large number of backlogged medical travel patients. As of today, we have 170 rooms, and we hope to have everyone currently on the waiting list in Winnipeg into isolation by early this week. Thanks to everyone who was able to get all the logistics together so quickly, and to those in Winnipeg who have been so patient. We’ve... read more.
July 23, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 23, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until August 6, 2020. “The threat of COVID-19 remains a serious risk, and we must ensure we continue to be diligent in our efforts to protect Nunavummiut,” said Minister Hickes. “Thanks to everyone who continues to follow our public health measures and advice. We are collectively responsible to one another and our communities, and we must stay committed.” All existing measures under the public health emergency... read more.
July 20, 2020
Minister of Health, on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. We have a lot of announcements today, so I’ll speak very briefing in this capacity. There are still two presumptive cases of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine, as we await results from the south. The total number of persons followed to date is 1629. There are 179 persons currently being followed. Last week Canada’s Premiers and the federal government authorized Canada’s Safe Restart Agreement. Nunavut will receive up to $18.9 million in federal support. This will include a cash transfer of $12.1 million, as well as $5.7 million... read more.
July 15, 2020
Presumptive cases of COVID-19 at Mary River Mine IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 15, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, today announced two presumptive cases of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine, 176 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet. “The individuals and their contacts are asymptomatic and were immediately placed in isolation. Additional swabs were taken and sent for confirmatory testing at a southern lab, with results expected early next week,” said Dr. Patterson. At this time, there is no evidence of transmission within the Mary River Mine site. Nunavut’s Public... read more.
July 13, 2020
Minister of Health, on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. There are once again no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of persons followed to date is 1,553. There are 163 persons current being followed. I’m pleased to announce that we are now offering country food in our isolation hubs. This program is in its initial stages, and we are just finalizing shipping and delivery to Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg. We are very happy to be able to provide a bit of home to those isolating before they return to Nunavut, and hope this will make their stay a bit... read more.
July 09, 2020
News Release Nunavut extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 9, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until July 23, 2020. “We must remain diligent and aware that the threat of COVID-19 has not yet passed,” said Minister Hickes. “Please continue to maintain physical distancing and handwashing practices, limit any non-essential travel out of the territory, and stay home if you are feeling unwell. We must all continue doing our part to keep each other safe.” All existing measures under the public health emergency... read more.
July 06, 2020
Minister of Health on behalf of the Premier, update: Good morning. There is still one presumptive case of COVID-19 in Nunavut, at the Mary River Mine. Again, I want to stress how isolated this case is, and that Nunavummiut do not need to worry about the spread in this instance. The total number of people followed to date is 1,467. 157 people are currently under investigation. Nunavut Day is on Thursday, and while we won’t have community-wide celebrations like we usually do, I hope you’re still able to celebrate our incredible territory safely with friends and family. We’ve come a long way... read more.
July 02, 2020
News Release Presumptive case of COVID-19 in Nunavut IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 2, 2020) – Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has announced a presumptive case of COVID-19 at the Mary River Mine, 176 kilometres southwest of Pond Inlet. “The individual is in isolation away from co-workers and doing well. The situation is contained, and I want to assure Nunavummiut that this individual recently entered the territory for work, and there has been no contact between Mary River workers and any of the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Patterson. No Nunavut residents have... read more.
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