Cambridge Bay, Taloyoak schools to increase capacity

There are 412 COVID-19 cases in Nunavut as of Friday

Schools in Cambridge Bay, such as Kiilinik High School, are allowed to open to 100 per cent capacity and schools in Taloyoak can open to 50 per cent capacity on Monday, said Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson Friday. (File photo by Jane George)

By Nunatsiaq News

Schools in Cambridge Bay will open to 100 per cent capacity and schools in Taloyoak to 50 per cent capacity on Monday.

Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s chief public health officer, made the announcement on Friday. He said in a news release that case counts in those communities are improving. There are eight confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cambridge Bay and 24 in Taloyoak as of Friday.

Education Minister Pamela Gross said in the same release that the department is looking forward to welcoming students back.

“I want to assure parents and students that their schools are following strict health and safety protocols so that students can return to class as safely as possible,” Gross said.

There are 412 COVID-19 cases in Nunavut as of Friday, according to Premier P.J. Akeeagok.

The most notable changes in case counts from Thursday are in Pond Inlet, up by 11, and Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit, each up by 10.

Restrictions are also set to ease in 10 communities on Monday, including Pond Inlet and Iqaluit, despite a recent uptick in caseload.

Restaurants will be permitted to open to 25 per cent capacity, while gyms, libraries, museums and galleries can open to 50 per cent capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.

Here are Nunavut’s COVID-19 cases by community:

  • ​​Arctic Bay — 2
  • Arviat — 4
  • Baker Lake — 20
  • Cambridge Bay — 8
  • Coral Harbour — 4
  • Clyde River — 2
  • Gjoa Haven — 24
  • Igloolik — 32
  • Iqaluit — 91
  • Kinngait — 5
  • Kugaaruk — 35
  • Kugluktuk — 1
  • Naujaat — 16
  • Pangnirtung — 18
  • Pond Inlet — 38
  • Qikiqtarjuaq — 3
  • Rankin Inlet — 55
  • Resolute Bay — 5
  • Sanikiluaq — 3
  • Sanirajak — 22
  • Taloyoak — 24
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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by John K on

    Just do whatever you want.

    The GN doesn’t follow their own directives so why should we?

  2. Posted by Hippo Crates on

    “We postponed our assembly because we didn’t want to sit together as a group of 22 in a large hall, but we would like you all to send your kids back to school to mingle with a couple hundred other kids all day.”

  3. Posted by GN on

    If GN really care about student mental heath they should stop sending the students to school while GN work at home. Hkw is it good? For the them to see thats is actually not safe but still have to go.

  4. Posted by Crystal Clarity on

    Probably time to lift the restrictions altogether. The USA and several southern provinces and EU countries are doing that now. The virus although contagious does not seem to be as severe now (omicron) in its symptoms. More like a mild to bad cold for most it seems. The worst affected seems to be those that didn’t get vaccinated. It is very awkward when some are going to school, some are not, some are at work, some are not, etc….. we need to get on with life as normally as possible now and if you’re sick stay home. Simple.

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