Nunavut records 1st death from current COVID-19 wave

‘My thoughts are with the family and the community,’ says Premier P.J. Akeeagok

The Nunavut government announced Tuesday that one person has died of COVID-19 during the current outbreak in the territory. (Graphic by Viktor Forgacs/Unsplash)

By Mélanie Ritchot

The first death related to the current wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in Nunavut was reported on Tuesday.

Nunavut’s premier, P.J. Akeeagok, announced the death, as well as a total active case count in the territory of 177 cases in 17 communities, during the government’s COVID-19 news conference.

“I’m very saddened to begin this announcement on a sombre note,” Akeeagok said at the beginning of the news conference.

“My thoughts are with the family and the community.”

Health Minister John Main also offered his condolences to the family.

More information about the death, like the individual’s age or which community they are from, have not been given yet.

Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s chief public health officer, said more information will be given on Thursday.

“Right now we’re not going to discuss anything about it simply because it hasn’t been 24 hours since this happened,” he said.

“We’re going to let the family grieve.”

Nunavut has reported five deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

There have been a total of 370 recoveries since the start of the outbreaks in mid-December. A total of 10 Nunavut residents have been hospitalized since COVID-19 returned to the territory, in mid-December. Patterson said the hospitalized patients come from “a number” of communities, and no single community has seen more than five hospitalizations.

There were a total of 177 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut on Tuesday, without any recoveries being reported. (Graphic by Mélanie Ritchot)

Confirmed case breakdown:

  • Arviat — 32
  • Baker Lake — 33
  • Cambridge Bay — 11
  • Chesterfield Inlet — 1
  • Coral Harbour — 13
  • Iqaluit — 11
  • Gjoa Haven — 2
  • Kinngait — 21
  • Kugaaruk — 2
  • Naujaat — 11
  • Pangnirtung — 2
  • Pond Inlet — 1
  • Rankin Inlet — 17
  • Sanirajak — 3
  • Sanikiluaq — 11
  • Whale Cove — 2
  • Taloyoak — 4
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(11) Comments:

  1. Posted by concerned citizen on

    so the individual from pond inlet
    never recovered yet after almost a month after this individual has contracted the virus?

    • Posted by Kanuwhipit on

      Yes, I was thinking the same thing, Pond Inlet has had one case for the past month, that person is not recovering?

    • Posted by Could be on

      Could be, long Covid, one of the things that’s scary with Covid, long Covid, for some it can take months to recover and why that is is still unknown.

      • Posted by Hospitalised? on

        I wonder if that person is one of the 10 that’s been hospitalized and have been in care for a month. Just guessing

  2. Posted by Nunavutmiu on

    Thoughts and prayers goes out to the family.
    Really sad that this has and had to happen.

    GN should at least notify the first responders about who are in isolation or those who are affected by the virus.
    First responder: fire fighters
    Far most the nurses though they are working hard to keep the Nunavut communities safe. Although many people are against the protocol, they should at least know that they need to step up and help because these first responders are here to help.

    • Posted by Nunavutmiu on

      Seeing my Facebook friends from other Nunavut communities, how is it possible for people under isolation to go to the stores. Careless yet have so much guts to post it on Facebook.

  3. Posted by Arctic Circle on

    Very tired of people assuming and spreading rumours who has covid in small communties.

    Why can’t the Government of Nunavut say this individual has covid 19? Yes, I understand that breaching confidentiality part of but we hear people like the PM wife had it, the NHL players has it, why do we have to know only superstars has it? so much for public government.

    • Posted by Name withheld on

      Have a little respect for the individuals family.

    • Posted by SJW on

      It is a breach of privacy for one, to provide that information. If the covid positive person volunteers that information that is their choice. I too wish they were able to provide more information, maybe by race, boy that would really open a can of worms though. It’s hard to blame the ‘transient workers’ when the spot light turns to yourself.

  4. Posted by anonymous on

    Condolences to the family in their loss.
    Since Monday, people were already visiting friends/family, way too early for get togethers. I see that Cambridge Bay went from 4 the other day to 11 this morning, same with other communities. I strongly feel that the restriction should be extended, just my thought. Prayers for those who are grieving and/or for those who have COVID-19, keep safe & stay strong.

  5. Posted by Condolences on

    Individuals who confirmed they have tested positive as like PM’s wife did so as they are public figures and if they choose to share to the public that is truly their own choice to do so.

    Nunavut lost a respected person in their community and I can honestly say we felt a sense of sadness when we heard of the news.

    My sincere condolences to the family and the community as it affects everyone.

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