Recovered COVID-19 case count nearly matches active infections in Nunavut

Territorial government considering financial incentives for daycares to reopen

There were a total of 186 active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut on Tuesday, without counting presumptive cases of the virus. (Graphic by Mélanie Ritchot)

By Nunatsiaq News

The tally of recovered COVID-19 cases in Nunavut nearly matched the number of active confirmed cases on Wednesday, with 11 recoveries added to the count.

A total of 176 cases had recovered and 186 cases were active as of Wednesday, according to a social media post made by Premier P.J. Akeeagok.

But, since less testing is being done as tests are rationed, more people likely have COVID-19 than what is shown in the official case count.

Active case breakdown:

  • Arviat — 21
  • Cambridge Bay — 16
  • Chesterfield Inlet — 4
  • Igloolik — 2
  • Iqaluit — 55
  • Kinngait — 22
  • Pangnirtung — 8
  • Pond Inlet — 1
  • Qikiqtarjuaq — 4
  • Rankin Inlet — 35
  • Sanirajak — 8
  • Sanikiluaq — 1
  • Whale Cove — 7
  • Coral Harbour — 8
  • Taloyoak — 0 (1 presumptive case)

Seven Nunavut elders who live at the Embassy West Senior Living long-term care home in Ottawa who have COVID-19 are not reflected in the territory’s case count.

On Tuesday, Health Minister John Main confirmed six staff members at the Andy Aulatjut Centre in Arviat tested positive for COVID-19, but none of the local elders have been identified as close contacts or tested positive for the virus.

Education Minister Pamela Gross provided an update on the return to school plan for students in Nunavut on Tuesday as well, saying each school will reopen for in-person or remote learning on a case-by-case basis.

Teachers can return to schools on Jan. 17. Students will learn remotely until they return to classes in person. Exact dates for returns to the classroom will be decided later this week by the chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson.

Gross also thanked childcare providers who have reopened their doors to care for the children of essential workers, about a week after Akeeagok pleaded for daycares to reopen.

To get more childcare spots open, Gross said her department is considering offering financial incentives to daycare facilities and staff.

“We know that without your support, our critical services are critically threatened,” she said at Tuesday’s update.

Akeeagok and Patterson are scheduled to give an update on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET, which can be listened to on the legislative assembly’s website or by radio in Iqaluit at 92.5 FM.

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(2) Comments:

  1. Posted by Umingmak on

    No deaths, no hospitalizations/ICU.

    It’s interesting. Nunavut has all of the factors determined to be “high risk” by medical experts. Overcrowded housing, highest smoking rates in the country (~80%), high frequency of lung disease (Inuit are recorded to have one of the highest rates of lung disease amongst all races represented in Canada), etc, and yet Nunavut has the one of the lowest mortality rates despite having one of the highest case rates in the country.

    I wonder why this is. It’s a good thing, but it’s still fascinating.

  2. Posted by No Information on

    No information about those in hospital or health centers with COVID.
    No information about the number sent south.
    No information about the numbr in intensive care.
    No information about the number of deaths.

    No information.
    What are they hiding, and why?

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