Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Arviat, doubling Nunavut’s caseload
Territory records eight positive cases this month
The Government of Nunavut has identified four new cases of COVID-19 in the Kivalliq community of Arviat as of 8 a.m., the GN said Saturday in a news release.
The four people are now in isolation and are “doing well,” the GN said.
This means a total of five Arviat residents have become infected with the novel coronavirus, after the Health Department confirmed the hamlet’s first case Friday. In Nunavut, the total number of positive cases now stands at eight.
In Sanikiluaq, where two positive cases were identified earlier this month, health workers have performed 63 additional tests, all yielding negative results, the GN said.
In Rankin Inlet, where one positive case was found earlier this week, the health department has done another 22 tests, all producing negative results.
Contact tracing continues in Rankin Inlet, Sanikiluaq and Arviat to prevent community transmission, the GN said.
Meanwhile, the government continues to urge Nunavummiut to limit their contacts, wash their hands, keep physical distancing whenever possible, not to shake hands, and to stay home when feeling sick.
“Individual actions can impact everyone’s health,” the news release said.
The Nunavut chief public health officer issued multiple new restrictions earlier this week for the Kivalliq region and Iqaluit.
All public health orders remain in the effect — they are available at this GN web page.
Outside Nunavut, the COVID-19 pandemic is escalating rapidly. Ontario announced 1,581 daily cases Saturday, a record number. Quebec announced 1,448 new infections and Manitoba announced 239 new positive cases.