Arviat sees 1 new case of COVID-19, 3 recoveries
“The impacts of COVID-19 are difficult and tiresome,” says Dr. Patterson
The Nunavut government announced one new case of COVID-19 in the territory on Wednesday.
There are now 21 active cases of the virus in Nunavut, all in Arviat.
All of those individuals are in isolation and doing well, the Government of Nunavut said in a news release.
Now, almost a month into the Kivalliq community’s second COVID-19 outbreak, Nunavut’s chief public health officer acknowledged the impact the virus and lockdown are having on Arviat residents.
“The impacts of COVID-19 are difficult and tiresome,” said Dr. Michael Patterson in the news release.
“I want to recognize the sacrifices that Arviarmiut have made and ask that the rest of the territory send their support.”
But Patterson continued to urge Arviat residents to stay home as much as possible.
Arviat celebrated having zero COVID-19 cases the beginning of January. But before the outbreak could be officially declared over, a new case was confirmed on Jan. 22 — the community’s first since Dec. 28.
Health officials ask anyone who has travelled to or from the community since Jan. 12 to limit contact with others and self-monitor for symptoms. Travel to and from Arviat is restricted to emergency and essential purposes.
Residents can call the local health centre to make an appointment to be vaccinated.
Any Nunavummiut who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the territory’s COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST or contact their local health centre by phone.