Premier Joe Savikataaq included this photo of unidentified community health representatives in a Twitter post Thursday, heralding all representatives among the territory’s “heroes” during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Premier Joe Savikataaq/Twitter)

Nunavut premier calls community health reps ‘heroes’ of pandemic

Savikataaq recognizes efforts as Nunavut’s COVID-19 caseload remains at zero

By Nunatsiaq News

Premier Joe Savikataaq included the territory’s community health representatives among the “heroes” of the pandemic Thursday, as Nunavut marked a third consecutive day with no active cases of COVID-19.

There have been “many heroes” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Savikataaq wrote in a tweet.

“But one group that isn’t recognized enough are Nunavut’s Community Health Representatives! These incredible people help keep our communities informed, prepared and safe.”

“Matna for all you do,” the Premier added.

On Tuesday, the Government of Nunavut announced the number of active cases fell to zero, after the eight remaining people who were confirmed to have the respiratory illness were deemed to have recovered. Nunavut’s caseload had been sitting at eight for about a week.

Iqaluit was the last Nunavut community reporting COVID-19 cases. Its first-ever case was detected on April 14.

The government announced this week that public health restrictions would be eased on Friday in the Kivalliq region hamlet of Rankin Inlet and the throughout the Qikiqtani region hamlets — except for Iqaluit.

Despite not having any active cases, Savikataaq warned on Tuesday that the outbreak in Iqaluit is not over. To declare an end to the outbreak, there needs to be 28 days without a new cases, following the last recovery.

Across Canada, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to fall. There were fewer than 10,000 active cases on Wednesday, after peaking at close to 90,000 in April, according to the federal government’s COVID-19 update website.

There have been 26,175 COVID-19-related deaths across Canada since the pandemic began. Four deaths have been recorded in Nunavut.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Remember this on

    Thanks Joe, maybe you can now instruct your Human Resources Minister to actually enter into a Collective Agreement with generous salary increases for the ‘heroes’. Mistreatment of Healthcare workers, with the exception of the doctors who are on contract for $400-900,000 is pervasive and you will keep losing them if you don’t support them.

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  2. Posted by M Center on

    Thank you Health and Medical Frontline Workers. Your hard work, tireless hours, sacrifices and care for Services to the People is a Godsend. Angels on Earth. Thank you for your hard work and compassion.

    Well done 💐 (flowers emoji)

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