No COVID-19 cases in Nunavut
Premier praises Arviat’s ‘strength and hard work’ as active cases fall to zero for first time since January
There are no active COVID-19 cases in Nunavut for the first time in about two months.
The Government of Nunavut’s update on Saturday showed zero active cases, after sitting at two cases in Arviat earlier in the week.
Premier Joe Savikataaq posted a tweet commending Arviat residents for their “strength and hard work.”
“Keep it up. I’m so proud of my home community,” Savikataaq wrote Saturday afternoon in a tweet punctuated with four exclamation marks.
Arviat had been the only community throughout the territory with active cases since late January.
Nunavut reported its first COVID-19 cases last November, affecting Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet, Whale Cove and Arviat. By early January, the territory didn’t have any active cases to report. But later that month, positive cases were discovered again in Arviat.
While public health restrictions were eased throughout the territory, strict rules remained in place in Arviat. It has been the Nunavut community hit hardest by COVID-19, accounting for approximately 85 per cent of the territory’s 395 cases.
An Arviat man who died in a Winnipeg hospital in December was Nunavut’s first recorded COVID-19 death. Last week, however, 12 cases — including three deaths — that had been recorded in Manitoba were transferred to Nunavut for recording purposes, bringing the territory’s death toll to four.
Across Canada, more than 927,000 cases, including 22,617 deaths, have been reported since the coronavirus was first detected early in 2020.