Public health measures eased in Kinngait following COVID-19 recoveries

Masks still mandatory in all Nunavut communities

Public health measures have been relaxed in Kinngait, now that two weeks have passed since the community’s last active case of COVID-19.(Graphic by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash)

By Nunatsiaq News

Public health measures have been eased in Kinngait, Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson said in a news release Monday.

These measures are being relaxed because the last active case of COVID-19 in Kinngait was more than two weeks ago, Patterson said.

Wearing masks is still mandatory in all Nunavut communities, he added.

The eased measures place no limits on outdoor gatherings and allow for increased capacity for indoor gatherings and restaurants, two visitors per resident at an elders facility and group counselling sessions for up to 20 people.

Public health measures were increased on Sept. 19 after two COVID-19 cases were reported. A potential exposure notice was given to anyone who was at the Dorset Suites in Kinngait from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19.

By Sept. 27 there were three active cases in the community.

The Government of Nunavut advises anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601.

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