Two new cases of COVID-19 in Kinngait not linked to Iqaluit outbreak

Travel restrictions, mandatory masks and school closures set in at midnight

Nunavut’s COVID-19 cases are no longer contained to Iqaluit, with two new cases reported in Kinngait on Monday night. (Photo by Prasesh Shiwakoti on Unsplash)

By Mélanie Ritchot

There are now two active cases of COVID-19 in Kinngait, bringing the territory’s count to 30 in less than a week, the Government of Nunavut announced Monday night.

The two new cases are not linked to the outbreak in Iqaluit, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said in a news release.

He said contact tracing is ongoing and both people who tested positive are at home isolating and are doing well.

“To contain any potential spread within the community, it’s crucial that residents of Kinngait do their part … please be vigilant in staying home.”

As of midnight on Monday, all travel to and from Kinngait will be restricted, except for cargo and emergency travel. This includes travel by land, the release stated.

All non-essential services and government offices must close in Kinngait and indoor gatherings are limited to a household plus five. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to five people and no indoor gatherings are allowed.

Daycares must close and schools will move to Stage 4, meaning all classes will be taught remotely.

Masks will be mandatory in all public places in all Qikiqtaaluk communities and Rankin

In all other communities in the Qikiqtaaluk region, indoor gatherings are restricted to a household plus a maximum of five from one other household.

Gatherings inside of halls, conference spaces, government offices, Inuit organizations and hamlets are limited to 25 people or 50 per cent of the rated capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.

Daycares may remain open in other Qikiqtaaluk communities and schools will move to Stage 3, meaning a mix of in-person and remote learning.

Anyone who travelled from Iqaluit after April 7 is asked to isolate immediately.

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said in the news release that “as we continue with contact tracing, we cannot take chances or unnecessary risks.”

“Stay home as much as possible and ensure only one member of the household goes to the store or for essential services,” he said.

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(8) Comments:

  1. Posted by wheres waldo on

    Called Canadian North and was told they have no information on travel restrictions. Was told there are no restrictions and flights with passengers are still a go. Really be nice to know if people should even go to airport if they are not going to be flying to Kinngait

  2. Posted by Concerned on

    The government was quick to start precautionary lockdowns and school closures at times of uncertain covid exposure and possible transmission.
    Now that it makes sense to shut down everything and start a region wide lock down why is it that the the government seems so unwilling to make a resonable decision.

    This makes no sense at all.

    Of all the precautionary measures the GN has set or has said to be following, now would be the time to be cautious and not risk any more transmission.don’t you think.

    Where is the minister of education in the press conferences ?

    Where is the brain of the GN at this time when they need it most?

    Where is the baffin regional lock down?

  3. Posted by Uvanga on

    Its time to start to enforce the two week isolation to essential workers that are coming into Nunavut. This is a really scary time for Nunavumiut, lets start tightening the restrictions by doing this.

    • Posted by true dat! on

      yes to this, either test those exempted essential worker or have them quarantine. To have a couple of exempted essential worker who performed specialized work is easier to control in terms of tracing then a group of exempted essential workers. I think there are other essential workers such as construction workers who do isolate in the hubs. I am sure those companies have to deal with staffing challenges to ensure they have enough staff while still adhering to the GN’s mandatory quarantine rules. Why can’t that be across the board for everyone else?

      Its highly unfair and crazy that the GN thinks having the majority of people to sit in quarantine hubs and being phoned everyday to ask how they are doing because they DON’T TRUST these people to follow the rules. However in the same sentence, the GN is also allowing “essential workers” to come to Nunavut and TRUST them to go to and from work only for 2 weeks. Yet this are the same people (from different households) who might be living in staff housing. yes it was 14 months of Iqaluit with no covid case but in that 14 months, how many times have tests been administered to these essential workers?

      • Posted by The Old Trapper on

        “Its highly unfair and crazy that the GN thinks having the majority of people to sit in quarantine hubs and being phoned everyday to ask how they are doing because they DON’T TRUST these people to follow the rules.”
        If we could trust people to follow the rules the pandemic would have been over by June of last year.
        Canada had 286 new cases of Covid-19 on 30JUN20, we should have been able to get it to zero from there but the federal government kept on letting Covid positive people into the country, and provincial governments chose to open the economy without eradicating Covid.
        The problem with some essential workers is that they are 2 on/2 off, and working 12+ hours a day when they are “on”. If they isolate for 2 weeks in a hub then the company would need twice as many people to do the job. A company would also lose a lot of it’s workers as who wants to be away from their family for a month at a time?
        A 3 day quarantine with rapid testing, and ongoing rapid testing on site at 7 and 10 days would probably be a better solution.

  4. Posted by Northener on

    I wonder if any of these people who contacted covid have been vaccinated

  5. Posted by Safety on

    what constitutes an emergency to allow visitors in homes? who are the 5 who are allowed to visit EACH home every day?

    • Posted by Taannauvunga on

      Right! No more visitors in my house nor my kids aren’t even allowed to go anywhere else even though there is still no active cases in my home town.
      No more school for them either for awhile.

      Disinfect daily and wash your hands very often peeps. Always my #1 rule in my house even before covid started.
      Stay safe everyone!


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