Nunavut reports no new cases of COVID-19
“Until the outbreak is declared over, the number of cases will fluctuate regularly”
The Government of Nunavut had a welcome announcement on Wednesday: no new cases of COVID-19 to report.
There are 41 active cases in the territory, all of them in Arviat.
To date, 217 Nunavummiut have recovered from COVID-19.
“I want to remind Nunavummiut that until the outbreak is declared over, the number of cases will fluctuate regularly,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, in a news release.
“I want to encourage everyone to continue their efforts, as they are paying off. Although this is difficult and tiresome, it is necessary and it must continue in the weeks to come. Thank you to all community members for doing their part.”
The government says contact tracing continues in all communities that have had cases of COVID-19, and public health staff are monitoring everyone in isolation.
As of Dec. 15, testing in Arviat has yielded 945 negative tests. Monitoring in Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove continues.
Across Canada, more than 480,000 cases have been reported since March when the pandemic began. More than 13,000 people have died.
In Nunavut, there have been a total of 258 confirmed cases. No deaths have been reported in the territory.
In March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Nunavut, Nunavik and across the country, public health officials have encouraged physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks in public places as measures people should take to prevent the spread of the disease.
The Nunavut government will hold its next COVID-19 news conference on Friday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. EST.