Arviat has a total of 14 cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday. All of Nunavut’s COVID-19 cases are in the hard-hit community. (File image)

Arviat needs ‘positivity’ as 10 new COVID-19 cases are reported, Savikataaq says

Premier calls on those with active infections to ‘stay focused on protecting your loved ones and community’

By Nunatsiaq News

Arviat has 10 new cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday.

With four recoveries, that brings Nunavut’s caseload to 14, all in Arviat.

Premier Joe Savikataaq called on residents across the territory to help bolster the spirits of Arviat residents, who have faced the brunt of the territory’s COVID-19 infections and remain under lockdown.

“Arviat – lockdown has been long and tiring. I know how hard you’re working and how difficult this has been. For those with COVID-19, please remain isolated and stay focused on protecting your loved ones and community,” Savikataaq said in a news release.

“We are here to support you. Reach out to friends and family by phone, text and virtually. Let’s get the spread of the virus under control with positivity and determination.”

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said in the release that health staff are working “around the lock” to trace links between cases in Arviat.

“Isolation and participation in the test, trace and isolate process are our best defenses and must be taken seriously,” he said in the release.

Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing. Nunavummiut who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can call their health centre for an appointment.

To date, 8,628 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 5,125 Nunavummiut are fully vaccinated.

Anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 is advised to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days. Please do not go to the health centre in person.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Tim Smith on

    Arviat needs ‘positivity’, opposed to your brothers message of “We’re watching you!”

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  2. Posted by Arviat inuk on

    Arviat needs more than positivity!

    How about rapid testing, how about more health staff, how about more housing guys GN cmon bring it already. Arviat needs help

    • Posted by eskimo joe on

      how about just staying home? that will and would do for the community healing itself. We have so many who do not listen. Last week young adult was block by few ppl from going out, he just bull doze his way out into the community to a dope house I imagine. so many like him, most likely Arviat will never shake this thing off, so many hurt and emotionally disturb ppl to be healed. Goodness I need to take my holidays to outside Nunavut, I think I have just kiss my prepaid tickets to wpg and beyond goodbye, third modifications for two and it’s getting expensive.

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