Iqaluit’s COVID-19 outbreak adds three more cases
A total of 22 active cases in Nunavut’s capital as of Sunday, GN says
The COVID-19 outbreak in Iqaluit grew by three cases on Sunday to reach a total of 22 active cases, all announced by the Government of Nunavut since Wednesday.
On Friday, the number of active cases in the Nunavut capital stood at 13, after its first-ever confirmed case was reported Wednesday. All of Nunavut’s active cases are in Iqaluit.
Nunavut Premier Savikataaq urged residents of Iqaluit to stay close to home over the weekend, within their household bubble.
“Wear your masks and keep distance if you must leave. Let’s all follow public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play. Do yours. Stay safe and healthy, ” Savikataaq said on Friday.
But on Saturday many Iqalummiut went on to social media to complain about the big numbers of people lined up to make purchases at the GN’s beer and wine store, which had been closed for two days.
The queue at one point stretched back to the city’s sewage lagoon.
Monitors made sure patrons wore masks and socially distanced, but some remained critical of the store’s opening.
A terrible idea to have the beer and wine store open while covid continues to spread here in Iqaluit.
A super spreader event in the making.
— ᑯᐹᒃ ᐅᒃᑯᖅ ᑕᑦᑐᐃᓂ (@tattuinee) April 17, 2021
Last week, the government had identified the Storehouse bar and grill as a site of “potential COVID-19 exposure” and encouraged anyone who had been to the establishment since April 8 to monitor themselves and schedule a test if they show any symptoms.
The GN has asked residents of Nunavut who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 to call a hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. eastern time or to contact their local health centre by phone.
The GN will continue to hold news conferences next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. eastern time.