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

Arviat residents who received their first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine will be able to get their second dose next week between Feb. 10 and 13. (Photo by Dustin Patar)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

    Gn Please test all people in Arviat. It is the only way to root out assymptomatic people and isolate them to kill out the virus in that community. This has been going on for too long now, randomly testing people if they want to be tested and asking people who are symptomatic to report to the Covid line is not working well enough. You have the power to do so! I feel for the people who have been locked down for months on end.

    • Posted by Jon on

      The other problem that has been the main reason from day 1 is, was, has been, pretty sure will still be the same in the future, names will never be said! We can’t see the virus, but if we know who has it, we surely will never get close to the person who is infected, that simple! Wake up gov.

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      • Posted by Really? on

        You surely shouldn’t be getting close to anyone outside of your household anyway. Maybe you’re the one who needs to wake up. Just follow the rules. You know what they are. No one’s names need to be published.

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