Arviat sees 5 new COVID-19 cases
Government urges Arviammiut to limit contact with others
Arviat continues to struggle with an outbreak of COVID-19 with the announcement of five new cases Tuesday.
That brings the total of active cases in the territory to 23, according to the Nunavut government. All of those cases are in Arviat.
All affected individuals are doing well and isolating at home, according to a news release.
The territory’s chief public health officer urged Arviat residents to stay home as much as possible to limit the disease’s spread.
“Please stay focused on the end goal, so this outbreak ends as quickly as possible,” Dr. Michael Patterson said in the release.
Travel to and from Arviat is restricted to emergency and essential purposes, according to the release, and anybody who has travelled to or from the community since Jan. 12 is asked to limit contact with others and self-monitor for symptoms.
Arviat has taken the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in the territory, with 279 of 323 total cases coming from there.
The Nunavut government also records one COVID-19-related death. That person is from Arviat.
Arviammiut who would like to receive the Moderna vaccine to protect against COVID-19 can call the health centre to make an appointment.
To date, 6,645 Nunavummiut have received the vaccine, according to the release.