Nunavut reports 462 active COVID-19 cases

Territory unlikely to see another lockdown, despite spike in cases, says Dr. Patterson

Dr. Michael Patterson said on Tuesday that it’s unlikely that Nunavut would enter another territory-wide lockdown, despite rising COVID-19 cases. (Photo by David Venn)

By Jeff Pelletier

Nunavut reported 462 active COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 10 less than the day before, Premier P.J. Akeeagok announced during a public health briefing at the legislative assembly.

There are active cases in 18 Nunavut communities.

Of the active cases, 10 are within elder care centres, said Health Minister John Main. Only one elder currently has COVID-19; the rest are staff and they are isolating at home.

There are also 45 active COVID-19 cases — 30 among inmates and 15 among staff — at the Aaqqigiarvik Correctional Healing Facility in Iqaluit, Main added.

Active cases by community:

  • Arviat: 21
  • Baker Lake: 44
  • Cambridge Bay: 39
  • Chesterfield Inlet: 2
  • Coral Harbour: 26
  • Igloolik: 94
  • Iqaluit: 84
  • Kinngait: 21
  • Kugluktuk: 10
  • Naujaat: 7
  • Pangnirtung: 5
  • Pond Inlet: 14
  • Qikiqtarjuaq: 2
  • Rankin Inlet: 23
  • Sanikiluaq: 32
  • Sanirajak: 7
  • Taloyoak: 24
  • Whale Cove: 7

In Tuesday’s briefing, Dr. Michael Patterson told reporters that it is unlikely that Nunavut will go back into a territory-wide lockdown, like the one before Christmas, despite another recent spike in cases.

“Omicron’s not going to be gone in two weeks or four weeks, so if we go into lockdown and stay there for another month, we will have a similar event with a spike in cases as we come out of that,” he said. “

What we can do is give individuals the tools to manage their risk as much as possible … and monitor the workload on health centres and the medevac system.”

Main urged residents to get vaccinated, especially in communities with lower vaccine rates. He once again called out people who are spreading anti-vaccine misinformation.

“There is a lower uptake in certain communities, my feeling is that misinformation is a part of it,” he said. “It’s just really sad when you think about it.”

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by yep on

    Pandemic COVID…meet endemic COVID. More likely to infect you but less likely to kill you.

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  2. Posted by Stay Strong – Stay Safe on

    It is incredible to see the look on this man’s face. So much intense care.
    While Covid has been hard on all of us and we want it over its important to remember that we need to take the advise of people like Doctor P. While we want to jump the gun and get back to normal we need to be patient, we can get past this and we have to respect people like Doctor P who cares.
    Stay safe and stay strong.
    Thank you Doctor P.

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  3. Posted by Anne Crawford on

    We are all grateful for his work, but perhaps he can have a vacation. Dr. Patterson looks tired.

    And no wonder…..we all are feeling that way, but he has more reason that the rest of us.

    I hope he gets a good rest and some time away from the persistent ringing of his phone……maybe even a couple of months of down time before we hit the next wave 🙂

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  4. Posted by Looking for some answers on

    The question was asked today regarding how many schools and daycares have outbreaks of COVID 19. Dr. Patterson said that he would provide that information after the press conference. I have yet to read about this in any news article. I think as parents, we have the right to know which schools/daycares are affected, otherwise, how can we make informed decisions as to whether or not we should be sending our children.

  5. Posted by mark fauchon on

    You got us through the worst of it Dr Patterson. Hope you and your team catch a break soon..

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