Nunavut reports 462 active COVID-19 cases
Territory unlikely to see another lockdown, despite spike in cases, says Dr. Patterson
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.”