Arviat sees 2 new cases of COVID-19, days ahead of community’s 2nd vaccine clinic
Whale Cove COVID-19 outbreak declared over by Health Department
Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Arviat.
The new cases are keeping restrictions tight in the community as other regions, like Kitikmeot and Qikiqtani, saw schools reopen on Thursday.
They bring the active case count in Nunavut to 14, all in Arviat, according to a Government of Nunavut news release.
Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson urged Arviammiut to keep following public health measures and stay home as much as possible.
Travel in and out of the community is restricted except for medical or other essential reasons.
“I am thankful to everyone in the community who continues to work tirelessly to do their part,” he stated in the release.
Clinics for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will take place in Arviat from Feb. 10 to 13.
Those who missed the first dose can call the health centre to make an appointment, but priority will be given to people receiving the second dose, according to the release.
Everyone with the virus is doing well and isolating, and contact tracing is ongoing to figure out how the cases are linked, it states.
Arviat has been the community hardest hit by COVID-19, with one death and 252 cases, making up 85 per cent of all cases reported in Nunavut.
In Whale Cove, the COVID-19 outbreak was officially declared over by the Health Department on Feb. 4 and public health restrictions were eased.
As of midnight on Thursday, up to 15 people can attend indoor gatherings and 100 people can attend outdoor gatherings.
Indoor spaces like community centres are limited to 50 people or 50 per cent of their capacity, whichever is less.
Inuglak School is moving into Stage 2 of the school opening plan, meaning elementary students will attend full-time and high school students will blend in-school and remote learning.