Nunavut counts more than 150 new COVID-19 cases over weekend
Over 5% of Igloolik residents test positive for the virus
Over 150 new cases of COVID-19 were tallied across Nunavut over the weekend, with Igloolik surpassing 100 cases and Iqaluit more than doubling its case count.
The territory’s active case count was 472 on Monday.
Igloolik is experiencing the largest outbreak in Nunavut, with 5.5 per cent of its population of about 2,000 testing positive for the virus. This number does not include cases diagnosed based on symptoms.
Igloolik remains the only community on full lockdown, with schools and all non-essential businesses closed, and travel restricted to essential purposes only.
It is also the community with the lowest vaccination rate in Nunavut, with 54 per cent of eligible residents fully vaccinated.
The territory-wide case count broke a record when it surpassed 300 for the first time on Friday, then jumped to 472 by the start of this week.
Nunavut’s 472 cases by community:
- Arviat — 24
- Baker Lake — 43
- Cambridge Bay — 41
- Chesterfield Inlet — 1
- Coral Harbour — 29
- Igloolik — 108
- Iqaluit — 86
- Kinngait — 20
- Kugluktuk — 10
- Naujaat — 4
- Pangnirtung — 2
- Pond Inlet — 15
- Qikiqtarjuaq — 2
- Rankin Inlet — 26
- Sanikiluaq — 28
- Sanirajak — 6
- Taloyoak — 20
- Whale Cove — 7
Kugluktuk’s case count went from two to 10 over the weekend, while Pond Inlet’s count doubled, going from seven to 14 active cases on Monday.
A case was detected in Pangnirtung on Saturday after 10 days with 0 active cases.
Iqaluit has the highest case count behind Igloolik with 86 cases, which makes up about one per cent of the population.
Looking at cases per capita, Coral Harbour, Sanikiluaq and Cambridge Bay have the most cases for their population size, after Igloolik.
Schools in Iqaluit are opening at full capacity on Monday, for the first time during this wave of the pandemic.
Schools in Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Kinngait, Arviat, Rankin Inlet and Sanikiluaq are open at half capacity, while the rest of Nunavut’s schools are at full capacity, aside from Igloolik and Taloyoak, where schools remain closed.
Mass vaccine clinics are coming to 16 communities in February and more pediatric vaccines will arrive in Nunavut in the coming days.
Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, and Premier P.J. Akeeagok are scheduled to give an update on the COVID-19 situation in the territory on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET, which can be live streamed on the legislative assembly’s website.
Correction: This story has been updated to add Taloyoak to the list of schools that were closed at the time of publication.