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COVID-19 GN Update - May 19, 2021

19 May 2021

Premier’s update:

Today we are reporting four new cases and five recoveries of COVID-19. There are 63 active cases in the territory- 62 in Iqaluit and one in Kinngait. There have been 176 recoveries to date in this outbreak.

So far, 16,794 Nunavummiut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 13,520 Nunavummiut are now fully vaccinated.

As we move forward with living with COVID, we need to all remain safe and vigilant. This virus isn’t going to disappear, and it’s up to all of us to keep ourselves and each other safe.

I’m once again urging all Nunavummiut to book their vaccine appointments if you haven’t already. This is absolutely the best, easiest, safest way to protect yourself. We have the vaccines, and we hope to have enough for our 12 to 18-year-olds soon. Let’s use every possible dose we have. That part is up to you.

Let’s stay strong Nunavut and commit to keeping one another healthy. You know what to do – mask up; wash your hands often; keep six feet apart and get both vaccines.

We’ve got this. Thank you for your hard work.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning.

Due to a potential exposure to COVID-19 at the Iqaluit Soup Kitchen, the facility is closed today to allow time for staff to be tested*. Depending on results, the kitchen might reopen tomorrow.

Here in Iqaluit, we will be widening our surveillance testing to include residential buildings that have had more than 1 unit with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Invitations to go for testing will be sent to the people living in those buildings. Tests are voluntary, but If you receive a notice to get a test, I urge you to cooperate. This will help identify cases and reduce the risk of further spread of the virus. We will not be publicly releasing which buildings are being offered this service.

Thank you.

 

* It has been confirmed that the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre is still providing services with the help of the City of Iqaluit and is now open.

 

 

As part of the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) effort to protect Nunavummiut against the risk of COVID-19, GN Departments are implementing the following:

Department of Health Services

For all the latest information and resources about COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

For the latest information on current public health restrictions, go to: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/nunavuts-path

For information on upcoming vaccine clinics go to: https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-vaccination

 

 

COVID-19 case status: May 19

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons followed Current persons followed
14,725 634 63 567 4 8656 437

* Confirmed cases include those meeting the national case definitions. Persons followed includes individuals with specific symptoms and exposures as well as others who are self-monitoring or self-isolated. Not all of these individuals have symptoms or require testing.

* There may be a delay reporting attribution and statistics from cases acquired in Southern Canada. 12 cases that were detected out of territory have been attributed to Nunavut. This includes 3 deaths. Not all NU residents with COVID-19 detected out of territory will be attributed to Nunavut.

COVID-19 community case statistics: May 19

Community

Active COVID-19 transmission

Time period Confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday Confirmed COVID-19 cases today Change in case count +/- from previous day Deaths Recovered Cases Total active cases
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 14/04/2021 226 230 0 0 168 62
Kinngait Ongoing Since 19/04/2021 7 7 0 0 6 1
Rankin Inlet Ongoing Since 24/04/2021 2 2 0 0 2 0
Arviat over

11/2020 – 04/2021

339 339 0 1 338 0
Whale Cove over

11/2020 – 02/2021

23 23 0 0 23 0
Rankin Inlet over

11/2020 – 12/2020

19 19 0 0 19 0
Sanikiluaq over

11/2020 – 12/2020

2 2 0 0 2 0
TOTAL      618 622 0 1 558 63

COVID-19 vaccination status: May 17

  Nunavut Total Population Estimates by Community, as of July 1 2020   Vaccine uptake Meditech numbers as of May 10, 2021      
  Total 18 and over Done 1 dose % Done 2 dose %
Nunavut 39,353 24,878 16,720 67% 13,305 53%
Qikiqtaaluk Region 20,822 13,359 9,595 72% 7,065 53%

Arctic Bay

946 530

347

65% 293 55%
Clyde River  1,192 688 482 70% 415 60%
Grise Fiord  140 96 68 71% 41 43%
Igloolik  1,987 1,094 523 48% 384 35%
Iqaluit  8,284 6,049 5,189 86% 3,602 60%
Kimmirut  427 265 178 67% 161 61%
Kinngait 1,547 923 518 56% 349 38%
Pangnirtung 1,631 1,008 612 61% 471 47%
Pond Inlet  1,794 1,031 605 59% 476 46%
Qikiqtarjuaq  651 421 236 56% 182 43%
Resolute Bay 218 136 174 128% 113 83%
Sanikiluaq 1,014 573 328 57% 295 51%
Sanirajak 1,000 545 335 61% 283 52%
Kivalliq Region 11,388 7,011 4,460 64% 3,859 55%
Arviat 2,918 1,696 1,247 74% 1060 63%
Baker Lake  2,265 1,471 834 57% 713 48%
Chesterfield Inlet  453 287 177 62% 159 55%
Coral Harbour  973 554 269 49% 221 40%
Naujaat  1,270 648 325 50% 291 45%
Rankin Inlet  3,026 2,089 1,438 69% 1,279 61%
Whale Cove 483 266 170 64% 136 51%
Kitikmeot Region 7,143 4,508 2,665 59% 2,381 53%
Cambridge Bay  1,902 1,352 992 73% 894 66%
Gjoa Haven  1,398 836 410 49% 369 44%
Kugaaruk  1,180 650 273 42% 256 39%
Kugluktuk  1,517 1,000 572 57% 491 49%
Taloyoak  1,143 670 418 62% 371 55%

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of May 10, 2021.

Percentage of vaccine administered is of the 18 and older population. 

Territorial totals for doses are an accurate summary. The community level data is under review to ensure appropriate attribution. Community totals will be adjusted as needed.  This may lead to minor fluctuations in the percentages by community.

Doses are typically attributed to the community in which they are administered.

Total doses given will include residents and non-residents, including rotational workers.

An individual may have received dose 1 and/or dose 2 outside of their community of residence.

This does not account for people who may have been vaccinated partially or fully out of territory.

A high percentage in one community does not equal herd immunity. There is no established or defined percentage of what herd immunity is for COVID-19. Whatever herd immunity may be, it cannot achieved with current vaccine approvals (e.g. no vaccine available for children under twelve).

Source: Statistics Canada, Demography Division, Special tabulations. Prepared by: Nunavut Bureau of Statistics, January 27, 2021.

Eligible adults in community are defined as the number of individuals 18 and older as per the 2020 population estimates.

The community population estimates are "non-official" since they are not based on components of population growth (births, deaths and migration). They should be used with caution. 

Testing stats to date: May 17

Community Tests Positive Tests Negative
Iqaluit 220 2,924
Kinngait 7 160
Rankin Inlet 2 91
Arviat 339 2,889
Whale Cove 23 352
Rankin Inlet 19 339
Sanikiluaq 2 202
TOTAL  612 6,951

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of May 18
Medical 387
Public  191
EMTI 50
Construction 34
Total 662

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
May 19, 2021 64
May 20, 2021 95
May 21, 2021 54
May 22, 2021 82
May 23, 2021 21
Total 316

Critical Worker Requests:

As of May 19, there were 16,584 requests, 8,208 of which were critical worker requests.

Request Status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 12,784 77.1%
Denied 311 1.9%
Pending 562 3.4%
Common Travel Area 2,927 17.6%
Total 16,584 100%

 

 

Department of Education Services

Ongoing services:

K-12 Schools

The following stages continue to be in effect:

  • Stage 4 – Schools in Iqaluit
  • Stage 3 – Schools in the Qikiqtani region, except Sanikiluaq and Iqaluit
  • Stage 2 – Schools in Rankin Inlet
  • Stage 1 – Schools in Sanikiluaq, the Kitikmeot region, and Kivalliq region, except for Rankin Inlet

Schools will implement the appropriate action plan for their current stage.

Early Learning and Child Care

All Nunavut childcare facilities can remain open, with the exception of Iqaluit.

Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS)

Students booking their FANS-eligible travel must follow the public health measures and recommendations of the CPHO. If students have questions about their travel, they can contact the FANS office for information at fanstravel@gov.nu.ca.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

K-12 Schools

Iqaluit schools are closed for in-school instruction until further notice.

  • In Stage 4, all instruction will be conducted remotely. All schools are closed to students, staff, and the public. School staff will regularly communicate with all students.

Early Learning and Child Care

Iqaluit childcare facilities are closed until further notice.

 

 

Nunavummiut’s health is our shared responsibility! Remember: wash your hands and surfaces, practice social distancing, listen to the advice of health officials, and stay home if you’re sick.