Health restrictions eased in 10 Nunavut communities

COVID-19 cases surpassed the 500 mark on Monday

There were 509 COVID-19 cases in Nunavut on Monday, Premier P.J. Akeeagok reported on Twitter on Monday. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

By Mélanie Ritchot

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.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Let’s move on on

    The Center for Disease control dripped the mask mandate in the US, when will we follow suit?

  2. Posted by 867 on

    Great. Glad to hear bars are open so GN staff who are “working” from home can go and socialize all night then sleep all day, all while earning an honest wage. Here’s to hoping the absurd option to “work from home” continues irrationally and indefinitely.

    • Posted by (Not) working from home on

      The “working from home” thing is a total joke, I agree.. I have been home for months now and have had no contact or communication at all from my supervisors. This does not surprise me of course, this is how things are when I am at work too.

      Of course it is nice to have a break from what can be a toxic work environment, but it is not my choice to be home. If you ask me there is no need at all for me to be sitting here collecting full pay, but that is a decision made by others who are clearly much wiser than you or I.

      • Posted by Justa Worker on

        Working from home may be a joke for you.
        But some of us are actually working from home, getting everything done, and in contact with our colleages and supervisor on a daily basis.
        Perhaps it depends on your roll, perhaps it depends on your supervisor, perhaps it depends on your attitude. The answer to that question “is above my pay grade”.

        • Posted by Fair enough on

          Fair point, I didn’t mean to imply everyone in our position has the same experience, of course it depends on many different variables. As you said, some jobs can be done from home, others really can’t.


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