The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut continues to decline. There are currently nine active cases, all of them in Arviat. (File image)

Nunavut’s active cases of COVID-19 down to single digits

“Let’s not give COVID-19 a chance to take any more of a hold in our communities,” says top doctor

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavut now has nine active cases of COVID-19, all of them in Arviat, the territorial government announced in a news release today.

To date, 252 Nunavummiut have recovered from COVID-19. Nunavut reported its first two deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend.

“The hard work done by Arviammiut cannot go unrecognized. I am impressed and encouraged by their efforts in a lengthy, difficult situation,” stated Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, in a news release.

“As our number of active cases continues to decline, I ask for this commitment to carry us through the holidays. Let’s not give COVID-19 a chance to take any more of a hold in our communities.”

As of Dec. 21, Arviat testing has yielded 1,030 negative tests. Monitoring in Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove continues.

The government says anybody who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 should call 1-888-975-8601, or notify their community health centre, and immediately start a 14-day isolation.

“Please do not go to the health centre in person,” states the release.

Across Canada, 520,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported as of today, with 14,399 deaths and 438,000 recoveries.

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by Mansbridge on

    I am so damn proud of you all Arviat, the marathon is almost over.

  2. Posted by Johanne Coutu-Autut on

    The light is at the end of the Tunnel Arviatmiut. You are almost there! keep it up! Merry Christmas everyone, better times are coming soon.

  3. Posted by Northern Guy on

    I don’t want to be a wet blanket but this story is rather meaningless. All this news indicates is that many of the folks in Arviat have stopped getting tested as the holidays near because everyone is afraid of getting a positive Covid diagnosis over the holiday period. The real indicator will be about two weeks after the holiday season is over. If there is no surge in new cases at that time then the community has indeed got this under control. Providing this news right now is somewhat dangerous as it gives everyone the idea that the worst is past and they can let down their guard … the reality is far from that.

    • Posted by ARVIAT STROOOOOOOONG! on

      Arviat STRONG!!! We bash the virus down down down

  4. Posted by few toonies and a nickel on

    i wanna see a statue of doctor patterson at the 4 corners in iqaluit. that would be my Christmas wish. dont got enough cash for it myself

    • Posted by Problematic on

      It will look great, until a mob of woke activists tear it down

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