Arviat’s COVID-19 caseload continues to grow
Community sees 6 new active cases on Thursday, for a total of 27
Arviat has six new cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday.
That brings the total number of active cases in the hard-hit community to 27. All of Nunavut’s COVID-19 cases are in Arviat.
“I understand how hard the last few months have been for Arviarmiut and I know the rise in cases recently has been disheartening,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, in a news release.
“I also know that if we continue to work hard, pay strict attention to the public health measures and stay home, we can stop the spread of COVID-19. Nunavummiut, if you have the opportunity to be vaccinated and have not yet, please make an appointment at your local health centre. This is our best defence right now.”
All residents with active cases of COVID-19 are doing well and isolating at home, the government’s news release states. Contact tracing is ongoing.
As of Thursday, Arviat testing has yielded 2,124 negative tests.
Travel in and out of Arviat remains restricted, unless for emergency or essential purposes.
Arviarmiut who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can call their health centre for an appointment. To date, 6,850 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing.
Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 is asked to call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days. Please do not go to the health centre in person.