Presumptive case of COVID-19 announced in Arviat
Masks mandatory in community’s indoor public places and outdoors where physical distancing isn’t possible
People in Arviat are being asked to take precautions after a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was identified in the community on Thursday.
Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, made the announcement Friday.
He said in a news release that the case was identified when a school-aged person from the community tested positive on an IDNow rapid testing device.
A second sample has been sent to a lab in Rankin Inlet for confirmatory testing. Public health expects results to be confirmed today, Patterson said.
Schools and daycares are closed as the risk is assessed. Neither the person who tested positive nor their family has recently travelled, indicating this case is a second exposure, said Patterson.
Travel in and out of Arviat is not recommended. Public health says that anyone who left Arviat on or after Sept. 6 and is not fully vaccinated is asked to isolate for 14 days from when they left Arviat. Anybody who develops symptoms is asked to call Nunavut’s COVID-19 hotline at 1- 888-975-8601.
Effective immediately, masks are mandatory in Arviat in all indoor public places and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Other conditions include:
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people.
- Indoor gatherings in dwellings decrease to 10 people, plus household members.
- Indoor public gatherings, including places of worship, gyms, fitness centres, libraries, galleries and swimming pools, are restricted to 25 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less.
- No public places may allow group tours, group workouts or singing.
- Gatherings in arenas are restricted to 50 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less. No team sports.
- Restaurants and licensed establishments are restricted to 25 per cent capacity.
- Group counselling sessions are limited to 10 people.
- Parks remain open but buildings are closed.
- Schools will move to their learning plan combining classroom and remote learning.
- Long-term care and elders’ facilities may allow a maximum of two visitors per resident, with masks mandatory for all visitors over age of four; only immediate family.