‘High risk’ of COVID-19 transmission brings travel restrictions to Cambridge Bay and Kinngait
Nunavut’s case count surpasses 200; first presumptive case reported in Sanikiluaq
Nunavut’s case count surpassed 200 on Tuesday, bringing new travel restrictions for Cambridge Bay and Kinngait with it.
Six new confirmed cases in Kinngait raised the territory’s active case count to 210, the Department of Health announced in a news release. There are also three new presumptive cases in Cambridge Bay and a first presumptive case in Sanikiluaq.
The presumptive cases are not included in the active case count. The Government of Nunavut is now only including confirmed cases in that tally.
Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, announced new travel restrictions as well.
“The new cases indicate a high risk of community transmission in Cambridge Bay and Kinngait, which cannot be ignored,” he stated.
Travel restrictions are now in place for Arviat, Cambridge Bay, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kinngait, Pangnirtung, Rankin Inlet and Sanirajak, meaning people can only enter and leave these communities for essential reasons.
Travel between other communities is highly discouraged.
Active case breakdown:
- Arviat — 48
- Baker Lake — 1
- Cambridge Bay — 1 (and 3 presumptive cases)
- Chesterfield Inlet — 2
- Igloolik — 15
- Iqaluit — 55
- Kinngait — 7
- Pangnirtung — 19
- Pond Inlet — 1
- Qikiqtarjuaq — 3
- Rankin Inlet — 44
- Sanirajak — 14
- Sanikiluaq — 0 confirmed cases (and 1 presumptive case)
Six cases recovered Tuesday, including one in Igloolik, four in Iqaluit and one in Pangnirtung.
Three new exposure notices were issued on Tuesday for Canadian North flights from Ottawa to Iqaluit and another was issued Monday for a Calm Air flight from Winnipeg to Rankin Inlet.
The GN is asking all passengers on these flights to self-monitor for symptoms until specific dates whether they are vaccinated or not.
New flight exposure notices:
- Canadian North flight #5T103 from Ottawa to Iqaluit on Dec. 27 — self-monitor until Jan. 10
- Canadian North flight #5T101 from Ottawa to Iqaluit on Dec. 30 — self-monitor until Jan. 13
- Canadian North flight #5T103 from Ottawa to Iqaluit on Dec. 30 — self-monitor until Jan. 13
- Calm Air Flight #MO302 on Dec. 30 — self-monitor until Jan. 13
If symptoms develop, people are advised to call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-975-8601.
Premier P.J. Akeeagok and Patterson are scheduled to give an update on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET, which can be streamed on the legislative assembly’s website or listened to by radio in Iqaluit at 92.5 FM.