Patterson urges Arviat residents not to visit this weekend
Hard-hit community adds two more cases
Arviat has two new cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Friday.
That brings the total number of active cases within the hard-hit community to 29. All of Nunavut’s COVID-19 cases are located in Arviat.
The announcement prompted Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, to urge all Nunavummiut to continue supporting the community.
And he urged that Arviat residents not let their guards down.
“As we head into the weekend, it is imperative that Arviammiut refrain from visiting, maintain strong physical distancing and wear masks when outside their households.”
All residents with active cases of COVID-19 are doing well and isolating at home, the government’s news release states. Contact tracing is ongoing.
As of Friday, testing in Arviat had yielded 2,153 negative tests.
Travel in and out of Arviat remains restricted, unless for emergency or essential purposes.
Arviammiut who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can call their health centre for an appointment.
To date, 6,915 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing.
Anyone who believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 is asked to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.
Please do not go to the health centre in person.