Iqaluit records highest single-day COVID-19 increase since outbreak began
14 new cases reported in the capital
After four days of COVID-19 recoveries outpacing new cases in Iqaluit, the city’s case count rose by 14 on Tuesday, the highest single-day increase since the start of the outbreak.
The announcement, made by Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq through social media, comes just under a month since Iqaluit confirmed its first case of the virus.
There are now 75 active cases in Iqaluit.
In addition to new cases, Savikataaq reported that nine recoveries had also been reported in Iqaluit, bringing the city’s total to 108.
Kinngait’s two active cases recovered over the weekend, meaning some public health orders will be eased tomorrow.
This includes lifting the community’s travel ban and reopening daycares. Schools will partially reopen with elementary school classes running three days a week and the middle and high school will open two days a week on staggered schedules, with some remote learning.
Most of the staff at Baffinland’s Mary River mine who were found to have COVID-19 were transferred south over the weekend, Patterson said on Tuesday, adding that most of the remaining staff would follow over the coming days.
A skeleton crew will stay behind to keep the essential services up and running until they can get more staffing to resume operations, Patterson said.
Vaccinations in the territory are ongoing and to date, 16,471 residents have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
As of today, 12,931 have received both doses.
Those who would like to book a vaccination appointment can call their local health centre.