Active COVID-19 cases in Nunavut hit 73
Iqaluit caseload rises by 8 to reach 69; two people recover in Kinngait
Eight new cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit and two recoveries in Kinngait brought Nunavut’s number of active cases of the respiratory illness to 73, as of Saturday, Premier Joe Savikataaq said in his Saturday update on numbers of the new coronavirus in the territory.
There are 69 in Iqaluit, two in Kinngait and two in Rankin Inlet, he said.
As of Saturday, the active cases of COVID-19 the Nunavut capital, which has a population of about 8,000, stood at 69.
In Kinngait, two of the four people with COVID-19 have recovered, leaving the community with just two active cases.
But the outbreak has spread now to Iqaluit’s jails and patient boarding home, Dr. Michael Patterson, said during a news conference on Friday morning.
Patterson confirmed that community transmission is now occurring in Iqaluit.
Any resident of Nunavut who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or show symptoms are asked to call a hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. eastern time.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include sore throat, runny nose, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, muscle ache, loss of taste and smell, tiredness, fever or upset stomach.