Two new cases of COVID-19 in Kinngait not linked to Iqaluit outbreak
Travel restrictions, mandatory masks and school closures set in at midnight
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.