Health restrictions eased in 10 Nunavut communities
COVID-19 cases surpassed the 500 mark on Monday
Nunavut eased public health restrictions in 10 communities on Monday, while the territory’s active case count of COVID-19 climbed back above the 500 mark, Premier P.J. Akeeagok reported on Twitter.
The active case count in Nunavut has been oscillating for several weeks. There were more than 500 people in Nunavut with active cases of COVID-19 as of Feb. 21, but that number dropped by more than 200 cases the next day when the recoveries were counted.
Recoveries are not being updated daily, meaning cases that have been resolved aren’t always reflected in the daily case counts posted by the Government of Nunavut.
Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, has said multiple times the daily case count doesn’t reflect the actual COVID-19 situation in the territory as testing and contact tracing are limited.
There are currently 509 active cases of COVID-19 and a total of 1,630 recoveries, 23 hospitalizations and one death since the start of the Omicron wave of the pandemic reached Nunavut in December.
This recovery count has not changed since Feb. 23.
Nunavut’s 509 cases by community:
- Arctic Bay — 2
- Arviat — 4
- Baker Lake — 24
- Cambridge Bay — 12
- Coral Harbour — 7
- Clyde River — 4
- Gjoa Haven — 28
- Igloolik — 42
- Iqaluit — 115
- Kinngait — 5
- Kugaaruk — 41
- Kugluktuk — 1
- Naujaat — 26
- Pangnirtung — 21
- Pond Inlet — 50
- Qikiqtarjuaq — 8
- Rankin Inlet — 65
- Resolute Bay — 5
- Sanikiluaq — 3
- Sanirajak — 22
- Taloyoak — 24
Public health rules eased in 10 communities on Monday, one week after restrictions loosened in 13 other communities.
Now, Arctic Bay, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Coral Harbour, Sanikiluaq, Cambridge Bay, Kugaaruk, Resolute Bay and Pond Inlet can have outdoor gatherings of 50 people or less and public indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people or 50 per cent capacity.
Indoor gatherings in homes are limited to 10 people, which includes people living in the home.
Restaurants can open at 25 per cent capacity and gyms, libraries, museums and galleries are open to 50 per cent capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.
Indoor team sports are allowed again.
Elders homes can have two visitors per resident from their immediate family.
There are no changes to restrictions in Igloolik or Taloyoak.