Seven new COVID-19 cases announced in Arviat
Community now has 18 active cases
Arviat has seven new cases of COVID-19, the Government of Nunavut announced Monday.
That brings the territory’s total case count to 18, all in Arviat.
“As we see an increase in COVID-19 cases in Arviat, it is critical that everyone continues to do their part to stop the spread of the virus,” Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said in a news release.
“Please stay home unless absolutely necessary, wear a mask when outside your household, limit gatherings to outdoors only and wash your hands frequently. I know you are all tired and fatigue is setting in, but please stay the course and stay strong.”
The government says that all residents with active cases of COVID-19 are doing well and isolating at home. Contact tracing is ongoing. As of Feb. 15, testing in Arviat has yielded 2,056 negative results.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently available in Arviat — residents can call the health centre to set an appointment.
To date, 6,500 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing.
Any Nunavut resident who has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 is advised 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.