Six new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Arviat on Thursday. (File image)

Arviat’s COVID-19 caseload continues to grow

Community sees 6 new active cases on Thursday, for a total of 27

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

    Is the GN testing for the new variants in Arviat? Maybe that is why it is spreading more quickly? Why is the GN not letting the public Know? The variants have now spread to all corners of Canada. Does that include Nunavut?

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    • Posted by eskimo joe on

      Lets not forget there are about 4 or five planes coming and going to Rankin and Manitoba, both cargo and passenger planes, where the pilots overnight, take out orders are still been pick-up….

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    • Posted by Observer on

      It’s not spreading any more quickly than it did back in October/November.

      • Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

        It is not spreading more quickly than October -November maybe because there are more people now vaccinated twice in Arviat? Are the Positive Covid cases people under 18 that have not been vaccinated?, Gn is keeping us in the dark….

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      • Posted by Name withheld on

        No it’s not spreading as fast it did in December but still the number is rising again as certain members are not following the guidelines of stating inside and rest of Arviatmiut who are negative are paying the price.

        Hamlet needs to do something about this. Start enforcing the rules given and start giving tickets to individuals not isolating.

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  2. Posted by Terry on

    Please limit people travelling out of Arviat to Rankin, please don’t risk others by going to another community.

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  3. Posted by concerned on

    TB has never been eradicated from Nunavut, seems like COVID will be the same

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  4. Posted by craig campbell on

    Why has no one told us how many have been vaccinated in Arviat? I am sure the PH officer must have that data.

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