COVID-19 response ‘nothing short of incredible,’ premier says as Arviat reports 4 new cases
‘Now is not the time to make assumptions or hurtful comments about COVID-19 in Arviat,’ Savikataaq says
Arviat has four new cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Friday.
With one new recovery, that leaves the territory with 17 active cases, all in Arviat.
Premier Joe Savikataaq urged Nunavummiut to be supportive of Arviat residents who remain under lockdown.
“Now is not the time to make assumptions or hurtful comments about COVID-19 in Arviat,” he said in a news release.
“More than ever, we need to practise compassion, support and fostering positivity. The work the community has done over the last 112 days has been nothing short of incredible.”
Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, urged Nunavut residents to become vaccinated “as soon as possible.”
“Despite the new cases, I want to assure all Nunavummiut that this outbreak remains contained, and the Moderna vaccine is proving effective,” he said.
To date, 8,767 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 5,144 Nunavummiut are fully vaccinated.
Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing. Nunavummiut who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can call their health centre for an appointment.
The government encourages people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 to call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or to notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days. People who may have been exposed to the virus should not go to the health centre in person, the GN says.