Arviat surpasses 100 COVID-19 cases as Nunavut adds 10
Territory stands at 142 active cases, Health Department says
The hamlet of Arviat — Nunavut’s COVID-19 hot spot — has 107 positive cases after adding nine new cases, the territory’s Health Department reported today.
Nunavut added 10 new cases on Tuesday bringing the total of active cases to 142 across the territory, a Health Department news release states.
One more case was reported in Rankin Inlet, bringing that community’s total to 19.
The territory reported its first case on Nov. 6 in Sanikiluaq, but after that the caseload grew quickly with cases confirmed in Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Whale Cove.
Nunavut is nearing the halfway mark in a two-week government-imposed lockdown that took effect on Nov. 18 and is to remain in place until Dec. 2.
Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson called on all Nunavummiut to continue their resolve to follow public health measures.
“As we head into our second week of increased restrictions in the territory, every single one of us needs to stay committed and dedicated to slowing and stopping the spread of this virus in our communities,” Patterson said in Tuesday’s news release.
Across Canada, more than 337,000 cases have been reported since March when the pandemic began. More than 11,500 people have died. No deaths have been reported in Nunavut and two people are considered recovered.
In March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Nunavut, Nunavik and across the country, public health officials have encouraged physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks in public places as measures people should take to prevent the spread of the disease.