Nunavut COVID-19 case count continues to grow
26 confirmed cases on Monday, up from 8 before Christmas weekend
Nunavut has 26 active cases of COVID-19 on Monday after the territory’s caseload continued to grow over the Christmas weekend.
Three new cases were reported in an update Monday, posted on the Government of Nunavut’s Twitter account. Two of the new cases are in Iqaluit, bringing the capital’s count to 14. One new case in Pangnirtung brought that hamlet to five.
There’s a single case in Sanirajak, but no new ones. Rankin Inlet has six cases, but did not add to its total overnight.
On Sunday, Iqaluit was the only community where the caseload increased from the day before. Four new cases were reported there compared to Saturday.
The case count has continued to grow since last week. On Friday, there were eight cases spread over four communities.
That’s when chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson imposed a territory-wide lockdown with stricter public health measures that restricted indoor gatherings to people who live in a household, just before Christmas.
The restrictions also closed personal services, such as hair salons, beauty salons and chiropractors’ practices. Gyms, fitness centres, parks, arenas and places of worship are closed. Bars are closed but restaurants can remain open for take-out orders only. All non-essential services are closed. Schools are closed until Jan. 10.
Travel is restricted to essential purposes for Pangnirtung, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit. Other non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.