Nunavut has nine new COVID-19 cases, the territorial government said in a news release on Wednesday. (File image)

Nunavut reports nine new cases of COVID-19, all in Arviat

“Please don’t take chances, focus on doing your part,” chief public health officer says

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut reported nine new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, all of them in Arviat, bringing that community’s active case count to 48.

More than a month after the territory’s first case was reported,  all of the territory’s remaining active cases are in Arviat.

A total of 181 cases are now reported as recovered across Nunavut. People in Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove who had confirmed cases are considered to have recovered, the Health Department’s website says.

“I know that it is not easy and I want to thank all Arviammiut who are doing their part to stop the spread of the virus in the community,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer.

“Please don’t take chances; focus on doing your part,” he said.

As of Tuesday, Dec. 8, 769 tests have come back negative in Arviat.

Whale Cove remains at zero active cases and monitoring in Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove continues.

Contact tracing is ongoing in all affected communities and people in isolation are being monitored, according to a government news release.

Across Canada, 429,035 people had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 12,867 people have died. No deaths have been reported in Nunavut.

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(7) Comments:

  1. Posted by Qavvigarjuk on

    Arviat RCMP and Bylaw needs to start doing enforcement of the health orders and the whole population of Arviat needs to be tested if you want to control the spread and get really serious about this. Your measures so far are not working. up to 80% of people infected with Covid are assymptomatic at the beginning of the infection and are not aware they are sick and spreading the virus and not isolating.

  2. Posted by Name Withheld on

    The military should get involved and patrol the streets of the community, we all know bylaw and rcmp aren’t the solution. If people have no business being out they shouldn’t be out. There shouldn’t be community transmission this long if everyone was taking it seriously, perhaps the community needs a wake up call. Was hoping to have a Covid free community before Christmas but that is not happening.

    • Posted by Civilian Policing on

      The military performing civilian policing duties? Yeah, we are very far from that situation.

  3. Posted by Tukisinggittunga on

    Here in Iqaluit we have drug dealers hanging out in front of the grocery stores all day everyday, even during lockdown. Is this the case in other northern communities?

    • Posted by aputi on

      only kivalliq has cases, the dealers around the stores are ok, its essential for them

      • Posted by Tukisinggittunga on

        If someone needs to go to the store in Kivalliq are there gonna be lots of people smoking and coughing at the front door or is that just an Iqaluit thing?

  4. Posted by Arviat Buy and Sell on

    Arviat dont care about covid just look at the Arviat Buy and Sale on Facebook every 30 minute somebody is selling stuff or looking for cigarette to buy LOL guess nobody care about anyone but themself

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