The number of active COVID-19 cases in Iqaluit now stands at 22, the Government of Nunavut said on Sunday. (File image)

Iqaluit’s COVID-19 outbreak adds three more cases

A total of 22 active cases in Nunavut’s capital as of Sunday, GN says

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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.

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(12) Comments:

  1. Posted by FEAR FACTOR on

    Time to stock up on grub and beer and head out to the cabin

  2. Posted by snowbird on

    So do the 22 infected have anything in common? To go from 1 to 22 since wednesday sure seems to suggest community transmission. Did most of these people go to the Storehouse?

  3. Posted by Relax on

    We can all have a safe and reasonable lockdown without going nuts on social media or doing drive-by megaphone shoutdowns.
    -social distancing outside with masks is nearly Covid proof. Do that and you should be good.
    -While shutting down the beer store would be ok for most of us, a small but sizable percentage of the population would go through serious withdrawals and taking up hospital resources. Every single province and state has come to this conclusion. Keep alcoholics away from unregulated bootleggers.
    -the GN botched the opening but improved the lineup system once they realized a few people can’t be trustsed to line up properly.
    -driving around in a panic with a megaphone yelling at people is counterproductive and incredibly embarrassing for the city as a whole. The people who stick their noses up to COVID regulations aren’t going to be convinced by someone yelling at them with a microphone. The opposite is true. They’ll just associate these unhinged megaphoners with the rest of us who are just trying to remain calm while respecting the guidelines.

  4. Posted by Archie Pudlo on

    The beer and wine store. It would be a joke if it was’nt so serious. I guess it keeps all the drunks happy and indoors. LOL

    • Posted by Jay Arnakak on

      addictions is no joke at all, Archie; it is a physical and mental health issue, and has little to do with moral fortitude of the persons suffering from the addiction (both the addict and family). in fact, it can be devastating for all concerned. then, it can become a moral, criminal, and social issue.

      as an urban Inuk I’ve had the good fortune of having access to professional help so I’m taking full advantage of what is available to me (which is not available to my brothers and sisters in suffering in Nunavut).

  5. Posted by Oscare on

    It was just a matter of time before Iqaluit got it’s first case. Prayers r with u all and Iqaluitmiut can beat this just like Arviat. But having the Beer store open up was pretty stupid in my opinion. Anyone in that crowd could have had the virus without knowing it and potentially spreading to other people. Not very smart on the GN’s part to have it open.

  6. Posted by RaymondLapu on

    The beer and wine store should just start delivery. Course that would deprive dem cabbies from having fares.

  7. Posted by cough on

    “Monitors made sure patrons wore masks and socially distanced, but some remained critical of the store’s opening.”

    Lots of people were smoking in that lineup. I didn’t know you could smoke without a mask.

    Anyone want to comment on the poor kids who are now trapped at home with a bunch of drunks and have nowhere to go because of the (necessary) lockdown? The people in charge have had a year to address this issue.

  8. Posted by The Old Trapper on

    Having the beer & wine store open in Iqaluit is the same as the LCBO, Brewer’s retail, and the grocery stores in Ontario being open and selling booze.
    The governments decided, probably rightly, that it’s better to allow alcoholics to get their fix than to go through withdrawal and all that entails. That would be illegal liquor sales, violence, hospitalization, never mind drunk driving, etc. Ontario also allows curbside pick-up for cannabis.
    Of course keeping people drunk or stoned helps some get through this pandemic. It also means that people won’t be as angry at the government as they probably should be for their inept handling of the pandemic (Ontario more than Nunavut).
    Stay safe. Social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands. Stay away from zombies. How can you tell who’s a zombie? You can’t right now so assume everyone is a zombie.

  9. Posted by YA Ok on

    How about having more than one place able to sell beer? In Quebec, you can get beer at any convenience store. Why the government monopoly model? Follow the money, right?

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