Two new COVID-19 cases in Nunavut
Active cases drop to 45 — all in Arviat, Health Department says
Nunavut reported two new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday — both in Arviat — as the territory’s top doctor encouraged only small holiday gatherings to protect the well-being of family and friends.
“This year … planning our celebrations must include all the public health measures in place,” chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson said in a news release Tuesday. “Our main goal throughout the holiday season should be to ensure the ongoing health and well-being of our family, friends and elders. Please keep gatherings small, to keep our communities safe.”
There are now 45 active cases throughout the territory — down from 49 on Monday, the Government of Nunavut said. Arviat is the only community with active cases after everyone who was infected with the virus since Nov. 6 in Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet and Whale Cove were deemed to have recovered.
Across Canada, more than 468,000 cases have been reported since March when the pandemic began. More than 13,000 people have died.
In Nunavut, there have been a total of 258 confirmed cases. No deaths have been reported in Nunavut.
In March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Nunavut, Nunavik and across the country, public health officials have encouraged physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks in public places as measures people should take to prevent the spread of the disease.