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09 March 2022

COVID-19 GN Update - February 22, 2022

Minister of Health update:

Good morning,

Ending the Public Health Emergency on Covid-19 is an important milestone. I know that many Nunavummiut have looked forward to a time when it would be safe to discontinue the public health restrictions.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 is still present across Nunavut. Thanks to vaccines, we have better protection than ever, but there are still significant health risks from Covid-19 infection. So as restrictions come to an end, it will still be important to remain careful and cautious in the months ahead.

Looking at the past two plus years of the Covid pandemic, we’ve learned a lot about the virus. We now know how it spreads, how it affects people’s health, and how to keep each other safe. We need to remember these lessons so that we continue to protect each other from Covid-19.

We know that masks work. ventilation (fresh air) also helps prevent spread. Vaccines protect against severe effects, but age, smoking, and other health conditions still increase the harms. Please get fully vaccinated and get boosted if you haven’t already. Finally – on keeping each other safe – Isolation works. Please remember to self-monitor for Covid symptoms and stay home if you’re sick.

Isolation supports will continue to be available. Rapid tests will be too. Health’s Covid hotline will also continue to offer advice and support.

There are risks on our path ahead. But if we keep our lessons in mind, I’m confident that Nunavummiut will continue to stay safe and stay strong against Covid 19.

Finally, Matna/Qujannamiik/Koana to our Nunavut health staff, contractors and supporting staff from other GN Departments, Municipalities and Inuit Organizations - who have together been incredible in their collective effort to deliver essential services for Covid19 response and risk prevention. Matna, Thanks.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

As the Minister announced, the Public Health Emergency will be lifted on April 11. This means that public health measures will also be suspended in all communities. Starting April 11, masks are no longer mandatory in public spaces, there are no public health limits on gatherings or capacity for indoor spaces. To ensure the protection of our health system, masks will continue to be mandatory by order of my office for all health facilities in Nunavut. This includes outpatient and mental health clinics.

As we move into responding to COVD as we would any other communicable disease, we will also no longer be reporting COVID-19 case and vaccine data on a regular basis. However, we will continue to report this information to the federal government and when the Public Health Act requires.

With that said, COVID-19 is not gone and is likely here to stay. While there are no restrictions in place, I encourage Nunavummiut to manage the risk of COVID-19 responsibly. If you are sick, stay home and do not go to public places or gatherings. If you must have contact with others, please wear a mask.

Please, get vaccinated. Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19 and will continue to be available in all communities. The Department of Health will also continue to keep the public updated on changes to vaccine requirements, such as the recommendations for boosters, just as we do for influenza.

Although the public health orders will no longer be in place, businesses and organizations have the right to continue to require masks in their establishments and may limit their own capacity if they wish.

We will continue to monitor the situation across Nunavut and if we find that COVID-19 in some communities is overwhelming the capacity of our health system, there may be times we must declare local States of Emergency to help contain outbreaks.

I know some might be worried about these changes, but I am confident that we are finally in a place where we can start living normally again. I want to thank all Nunavummiut for all their patience of the past two years. Your sacrifices were an important part our response to COVID-19.

Thank you.

 

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

COVID-19 case statistics: April 5, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
38,861 3531 90 3435 7 33,543 29,021 14,519

COVID-19 community case statistics: April 5, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count last update (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from last update (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from last update (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Grise Fiord Ongoing March 30, 2022 0 1 1 0 0 0
Clyde River Ongoing February 18, 2022 15 15 0 15 0 0
Arctic Bay Ongoing February 12, 2022 15 20 5 14 4 6
Resolute Bay Ongoing February 18, 2022 16 16 0 16 0 0
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 96 99 3 93 5 6
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 3 3 0 3 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 93 93 0 93 0 0
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 124 137 13 123 6 14
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 90 99 9 78 0 21
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 108 114 6 106 0 8
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 77 77 0 77 0 0
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 20 20 0 19 0 0
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 59 59 0 59 0 0
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 108 113 5 107 2 6
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 95 95 0 95 1 0
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 15 17 2 14 0 3
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 151 154 3 151 0 3
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

229 230 1 227 0 3
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 163 163 0 160 1 3

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 136 136 0 136 0 0
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

79 79 0 78 0 1
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

43 46 3 44 4 2
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

283 284 1 282 0 2
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

87 87 0 86 1 1
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 694 700 7 690 22 10
TOTAL      2799 2857 58 2766 46 89

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: April 5, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of April 5, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population:

Too few to report.

Traveller repatriation summary:

Too few to report.

 


COVID-19 GN Update - March 9, 2022

Minister of Health update:

Good morning, everyone,

I know many Nunavummiut are feeling ‘Covid fatigue’. For over 2 years, the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us, and it has impacted us all in different ways. I understand how hard it is to stay motivated and to not get discouraged.

Despite our frustration and fatigue, the safest way forward is to stay vigilant against COVID-19. Your actions still matter. Masking still matters. Isolating when sick still matters. Vaccinations still matter.

I’d like to thank the many Nunavummiut who continue to protect each other by following Public Health guidance. Please continue following that guidance in your daily lives, on things like when to wear a mask, how to recognize symptoms, when to isolate at home, self-testing and other ways to reduce your risks from COVID-19.

Even without the public health measures, we should all continue to do what’s necessary to protect our communities. If you get sick, take a self-test. If you test positive and are fully vaccinated, two doses or more of the vaccine, stay home for at least seven days. If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and test positive, stay home for at least 10 days. If you have symptoms after your isolation period, remain isolated until you have not had symptoms for at least 24 hours.

We all have a part to play, so let’s keep working together against COVID-19.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

Today we announced the next stage toward the Government of Nunavut ending the Public Health Emergency. After two years dealing with the pandemic, I believe Nunavut is ready to begin easing public health restrictions.

Monday, March 14 will be the next step of a six-week approach that will end with the lifting of the Territorial Public Health Emergency on April 11.

As with past approaches to changes in COVID-19 response, the shift will be gradual to ensure the changes do not cause undo harm to Nunavummiut or our health system.

On Monday, measures across Nunavut, with the exception of Gjoa Haven and Kugaaruk will ease slightly. We will also reduce our reporting of COVID-19 case date to once per week. At this time, the current status of COVID-19 in some communities does not allow for a measure to be the same across Nunavut, though we will be working toward that goal in the coming weeks.

On March 28, we will once again ease measures in communities and the level of restrictions will once again be based on the status of COVID-19 in the community. That same week we will:

  • Lift the isolation requirement for high-risk contacts who do not have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Stop announcing the arrival of COVID-19 to communities without active outbreaks.

Finally, on April 11, assuming the previous weeks go well, and we believe our health system will be able to manage COVID-19 as it would any other condition, we will lift all remaining restrictions.

These include:

  • The mask mandate
  • Mandatory isolation of those who are symptomatic (still requested like any other disease)
  • And the public health emergency

While Nunavut will move away from an emergency response to COVID-19, the public will continue to have a role to play in protecting our communities. These changes do not mean COVID is gone. In fact, COVID-19 is here to stay, and I encourage Nunavummiut to follow public health guidance to help reduce the risk to themselves, their loved ones, our communities, and the health care system.

This means staying home when you are sick, getting the vaccine and wearing a mask when appropriate, even when it is not mandated.

I want to thank all our partners in the GN, Department of Health Staff and Nunavummiut for the sacrifices, hard work and commitment they have shown over the past two years to help fight COVID-19.

Thank you

 

 

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 statistics: February 15, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
36,857 3200 472 2723 5 33,260 28,244 13,890

COVID-19 community case statistics: February 8, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Clyde River Ongoing February 18, 2022 7 8 1 4 0 4
Arctic Bay Ongoing February 12, 2022 3 3 0 2 0 1
Resolute Bay Ongoing February 18, 2022 16 16 0 12 0 4
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 43 42 2 19 0 23
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 3 3 0 3 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 86 87 1 50 0 37
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 90 95 5 39 0 56
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 63 65 2 21 0 44
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 102 102 0 92 0 10
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 73 72 1 61 0 13
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 21 20 -1 19 0 0
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 56 56 0 54 0 2
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 96 99 3 94 0 5
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 89 90 1 59 0 31
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 8 8 0 7 0 1
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 143 144 0 137 0 7
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

220 220 0 203 0 17
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 154 155 1 140 0 15

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 136 136 0 164 0 2
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

77 77 0 72 0 5
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

38 39 1 20 0 19
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

263 269 6 225 0 44
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

76 76 0 55 0 21
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 637 643 6 532 0 111
TOTAL      2497 2527 30 2054 0 472

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: March 8, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of March 8, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of February 21
Medical 20
Public  0
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 20

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
March 8, 2022 0
March 9, 2022 0
March 10, 2022 2
March 11, 2022 2
March 12, 2022 6
March 13, 2022 6
Total 16

COVID-19 GN Update - February 22, 2022

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

As of Sunday, there have been 23 Nunavummiut hospitalized since this current wave of COVID-19 infection started.

Last week, whole genome sequencing revealed that one person in Iqaluit had been infected with the BA.2 strain of COVID-19 infection. There is no evidence that this variant has started spreading. Although this strain spreads more easily than Omicron, it does not appear to be any more likely to cause serious infection than Omicron.

Measures in Arctic Bay, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Coral Harbour, Sanikiluaq, Cambridge Bay, Kugaaruk, Resolute and Pond Inlet, will be eased to allow for larger public gatherings and more visitors in homes. Restaurants and licensed businesses may open to reduced capacity and indoor team sports can resume. Changes as of Monday, February 28 will include the following key points:

  • Outdoor gatherings increase to 50 people.
  • Indoor gatherings increase to 10 people plus household members.
  • Restaurants and licensed facilities may open at 25 people capacity or 25 per cent capacity, whichever is less. No singing or dancing will be permitted.
  • Public indoor gatherings increase to 25 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less.
  • Gym capacity is 25 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less. Solo workouts only.
  • Libraries, museums, and galleries capacity increases to 25 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less. No group tours will be permitted.
  • Arena capacity may increase to 50 people or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is less, as well as a maximum of 50 spectators. Team sports are allowed.
  • Places of worship are limited to 50 people or 25 per cent capacity, but no singing is permitted.
  • Long-term care facilities may allow two visitors per resident from their immediate family.

These measures align with what is already in place in Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Clyde River, Gjoa Haven, Grise Fjord, Kimmirut, Kinngait, Kugluktuk, Naujaat, Qikiqtarjuaq, Sanirajak, and Whale Cove.

There are no changes to Public Health Measures in Igloolik, Taloyoak.

Please remember that masks remain mandatory in almost all public spaces. Getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as you are eligible, as well as wearing a mask are your best methods of protection against severe infection.

Thank you.

 

 

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 statistics: February 22, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
334,482 2,545 310 2,230 5 33,053 27,776 13,523

COVID-19 community case statistics: February 22, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Clyde River Ongoing February 18, 2022 1 2 1 0 0 2
Arctic Bay Ongoing February 12, 2022 2 2 0 1 0 1
Resolute Bay Ongoing February 18, 2022 15 15 0 11 5 4
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 19 19 0 18 0 1
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 1 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 24 26 2 18 2 8
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 49 49 0 23 17 26
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 16 16 0 6 1 10
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 97 97 0 76 11 21
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 60 60 1 56 9 4
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 20 20 0 19 0 0
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 56 56 0 53 11 3
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 88 88 0 84 8 4
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 43 46 3 22 3 24
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 7 7 0 7 0 0
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 126 126 0 123 12 3
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

184 184 0 159 23 25
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 115 115 0 110 17 5

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 136 136 0 132 15 4
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

62 63 1 45 12 18
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

16 16 0 13 0 3
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

192 194 2 154 32 40
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

60 60 0 41 5 19
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 465 474 9 389 73 85
TOTAL      1854 1872 18 1561 256 310

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: February 21, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of February 22, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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 maybe 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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of February 21
Medical 52
Public  2
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 54

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Feb. 21, 2022 10
Feb. 22, 2022 7
Feb. 23, 2022 0
Feb. 24, 2022 2
Feb. 25, 2022 5
Feb. 26, 2022 8
Total 31

COVID-19 GN Update - February 15, 2022

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

After assessing the outbreak situation across the territory, we will be easing public health measures in many communities to allow for larger public gatherings and more visitors in homes. Restaurants and licensed businesses may open to reduced capacity. These changes will come into effect Feb 21.

On the same day, measures in Igloolik will ease, allowing for some visiting between houses.

Due to ongoing concerns with community transmission of COVID-19, measures in Arctic Bay, Pangnirtung, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Coral Harbour, Sanikiluaq, Cambridge Bay, Kugaaruk, Resolute, Taloyoak will remain at current levels.

Full details on the current restrictions will be available on the GN website at www.gov.nu.ca.

We have also made changes to the way we are conducting contact tracing in an effort to more effectively use health resources.

Depending on the status of COVID-19 in a community, individuals with diagnosed COVID-19 will, in many instances, be asked to notify their own high-risk contacts; and only contacts who develop symptoms will be advised to call the hotline for further assessment or testing.

High-risk contacts are people you have had close contact with two days before you tested positive or started feeling unwell, whichever came first.

Examples of high-risk contacts include:

  • Anyone who you have been closer than two metres with for more than 15 minutes without a mask.
  • Anyone who lives with you or has visited or slept at your house in the two days before you felt unwell or had a positive test.
  • Anyone you work closely with.
  • Anyone you have shared a vehicle with when one or both of you were not wearing a mask.

If you are identified as a high-risk contact, please isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. If you do develop symptoms, call the hotline for further direction.

Finally, as of this week, all Nunavummiut over the age of 5 have access to at least 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This means the vaccine is available to nearly 90% of our population. I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity. The vaccine is our best defence against severe COVID-19 infection.

Thank you.

 

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 statistics: February 15, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
32,416 2263 352 1906 5 32860 27289 13182

COVID-19 community case statistics: February 8, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Arctic Bay Ongoing February 12, 2022 1 1 0 0 0 1
Resolute Bay Ongoing February 18, 2022 15 15 0 4 4 11
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 18 18 0 18 2 0
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 1 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 18 18 0 16 0 2
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 18 20 2 5 3 15
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 5 5 0 5 0 0
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 77 78 1 53 19 25
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 56 56 0 47 4 9
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 20 20 0 19 0 0
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 54 54 0 42 0 12
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 85 85 0 72 2 13
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 19 19 0 19 0 0
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 7 7 0 7 0 0
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 123 123 0 108 9 15
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

167 170 3 131 6 39
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 104 104 0 92 11 12

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 134 134 0 116 0 18
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

42 42 0 29 3 13
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

13 13 0 13 3 0
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

158 160 2 115 10 45
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

45 45 0 36 2 9
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 387 402 21 289 76 113
TOTAL      1561 1590 29 1237 154 352

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: February 15, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of February 15, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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 maybe 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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of February 14
Medical 73
Public  1
EMTI 2
Construction 0
Total 76

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Feb. 15, 2022 8
Feb. 16, 2022 3
Feb. 17, 2022 7
Feb. 18, 2022 0
Feb. 19, 2022 3
Total 22

COVID-19 GN Update - February 8, 2022

Minister of Health Update:

Good morning,

There are now 22 communities in the territory with active outbreaks. I want to reassure Nunavummiut that the Government of Nunavut and health staff are doing everything within our power to provide care and services in this stressful time.

We are working to get more support on the ground. Health continues its recruitment efforts to hire more nurses, the federal government has assisted with resources, including two nurses for Rankin Inlet.

The Red Cross has also provided assistance with six nurses to assist with COVID-19 response in Igloolik, Baker Lake and Taloyoak, the communities currently with the most COVID-19 cases outside of Iqaluit.

We are working to increase staffing for the hotline to help reduce wait times and ensure timely access to testing.

I also want to assure the people of Cambridge Bay that Health is working hard to care for and protect the Elders at the Cambridge Bay Continuing Care Centre. Unfortunately, there are now 13 people, staff and clients, who have tested positive for the virus. Fortunately, all Elders at the centre are fully vaccinated and have their booster, which will reduce the risk of serious illness and hospitalization. Staffing continues to be adequate at the centre.

Finally, I’d like to thank our incredible teams of staff working to vaccinate Nunavummiut. Since December 21, they have administered approximately 2,370 first doses and 2,000 Second doses of vaccine. Nunavut has also delivered a total of 12,520 booster doses to date.

A friendly reminder on vaccines – they are available to all eligible Nunavummiut and clinics for 5 to 11 second doses are rolling out. The vaccines are safe. The vaccine are effective. Please, If you are not vaccinated, please get the dose or doses that you need, as this is a vital step to reducing harm from COVID outbreaks.

Thank you.

 

 

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 statistics: February 8, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
32,416 2011 366 1640 5 32,500 26,645 12,523

COVID-19 community case statistics: February 8, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 18 18 0 12 4 6
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 1 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 16 16 0 16 0 0
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 2 0 0
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 5 5 0 4 0 1
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 57 58 1 21 9 38
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 52 53 1 42 17 11
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 20 20 0 16 2 3
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 54 54 0 39 8 15
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 7 78 1 66 8 12
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 18 19 1 13 8 6
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 7 7 0 5 0 2
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 108 108 0 90 22 18
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

149 149 0 111 52 38
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 96 97 1 79 28 18

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 128 128 0 112 3 16
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

33 33 0 24 3 9
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

13 13 0 9 1 4
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

128 128 0 94 6 34
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

36 36 0 31 5 5
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 298 315 17 185 20 130
TOTAL      1316 1338 22 971 196 366

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: February 8, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of February 8, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of February 7
Medical 31
Public  1
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 32

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Feb. 8, 2022 2
Feb. 9, 2022 3
Feb. 10, 2022 9
Feb. 11, 2022 0
Feb. 12, 2022 2
Total 18

COVID-19 GN Update - February 3, 2022

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

Starting Monday, schools in Rankin Inlet and Arviat will open to 100% capacity. Active cases in both communities continue to decline and the risk to students attending classes is low.

I want to discuss the current approach to the COVID-19 response compared to what was done near the beginning of the pandemic. In 2020, we declared a public health emergency, implemented strict public health measures and set up the isolation hubs.

This approach made us the last jurisdiction in Canada to confirm a case of COVID-19, but most importantly it bought us time. Time to prepare for the vaccine’s arrival, to build our testing capacity, and time for vaccinations. In 2020 and 2021, all these factors, combined with your commitment to follow public health measures contributed to keeping our cases low and our outbreaks contained.

The best way forward is to follow the current public health measures, including limits on gatherings and wearing masks, as well as getting vaccinated. These steps will slow the spread of COVID infections, and bring the active case counts down. Otherwise COVID will continue to spread.

Now, more than ever, your actions and your collaboration are the best way to reduce the risk and lower case counts. Please follow the public health measures, stay home and isolate when sick and get vaccinated.

Thank you.

 

 

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 statistics: February 3, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
31,609 1891 442 1444 5 32,139 25,925 11,770

COVID-19 community case statistics: February 3, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 11 12 1 8 7 4
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 1 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 16 16 0 16 -1 0
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 2 0 0
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 5 5 0 4 0 1
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 37 47 10 11 4 36
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 48 48 0 25 3 23
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 20 20 0 14 2 5
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 52 52 0 31 11 21
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 71 72 1 58 7 14
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 18 18 0 5 2 13
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 7 7 0 5 0 2
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 97 101 4 68 14 33
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

146 146 0 59 13 87
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 87 95 8 51 8 44

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 128 128 0 109 1 19
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

28 30 2 21 0 9
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

12 13 1 8 0 5
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

113 117 4 88 3 29
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

32 34 2 26 0 8
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 237 254 17 165 17 89
TOTAL      1168 1218 50 775 91 442

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: February 1, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of February 1, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of February 2
Medical 15
Public  0
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 15

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Feb. 3, 2022 0
Feb. 4, 2022 2
Feb. 5, 2022 0
Feb. 6, 2022 0
Feb. 7, 2022 7
Total 9

COVID-19 GN Update - February 1, 2022

Minister of Health Update:

Good morning,

Caring for and protecting our Elders during this pandemic continues to be among our top priorities. As of yesterday, the number of Elders and care facility staff here in the territory with active cases of COVID-19 was ten. The numbers are shared between the Cambridge Bay Continuing Care Centre, the Arviat Elders Home, the Gjoa Haven Continuing Care Centre and the Igloolik Continuing Care Centre. Of those cases, one is an Elder. All positive staff are at home in isolation until recovered.

I am happy to report that recoveries from COVID-19 continue at Embassy West in Ottawa and fewer than five non-Nunavut resident elders at that facility have active COVID-19.

I’d like to thank all our Home and Continuing Care staff for their dedication and strength in the face of adversity.

We are also working closely with the Department of Justice to manage the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Iqaluit Healing Facility. As of yesterday, there were 45 cases of COVID-19 at the facility – 30 inmates and 15 staff.

I encourage everyone to continue following public health measures. Please take advantage of the vaccination clinics that are upcoming across Nunavut, or book an appointment to get your shot. Let’s all get vaccinated and reduce the risks from COVID-19 for our families, our friends, and our communities.

Thank you.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

I would like to remind people today of the isolation rules and how they related to self-rapid tests. Through the GN, there are a limited number of Rapid Tests that are going to essential workers or being provided to travellers returning from southern Canada. Some people are also purchasing tests privately. It is important to understand that these tests do not replace isolation or shorten isolation. If you are under an isolation order or are isolating because you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must complete the full isolation period. Rapid tests are not as reliable as PCR testing, and there is a higher risk of a false negative. This means if you leave isolation early you are increasing the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.

If you use a self-rapid test, that is fine, please keep the following in mind:

  • If you test positive, call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-975-8601.
  • If you test negative, remain isolated until you haven’t had symptoms for at least 24 hours.
  • Anyone who feels sick, should stay home.

Symptoms can vary between individuals and depend on the variant of COVID-19 you have. Omicron is generally milder than other types of COVID-19 and include runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing and a sore throat. Other variants of COVID-19 the symptoms include fever, cough and loss of taste and smell. This is why we are asking anyone who feels sick, even if it seems mild, to stay home and isolate.

If you’re sick, stay home for seven days if you have been vaccinated or 10 days if you are not vaccinated. If after the isolation period you still have symptoms, remain isolated until you have been symptom free for 24 hours.

As of today, there have been 13 hospitalizations associated with this current wave of COVID-19 that began in early December.


 

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 statistics: February 1, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
31,531 1820 462 1353 5 32,139 25,925 11,770

COVID-19 community case statistics: February 1, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 11 11 0 1 0 10
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 1 0 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 14 24 10 17 7 7
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 2 0 0
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 4 4 0 4 0 0
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 24 31 7 7 3 24
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 45 48 3 22 6 26
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 20 20 0 12 0 7
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 46 52 6 20 2 32
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 68 72 4 51 3 21
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 16 17 1 3 2 14
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 6 7 1 5 0 2
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 87 93 6 54 8 39
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

128 140 12 46 26 94
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 77 87 10 43 9 44

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 1129 129 0 108 3 21
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

27 28 1 21 0 7
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

10 10 0 8 0 2
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

105 108 3 85 6 23
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

28 31 3 26 0 5
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 216 232 16 148 18 84
TOTAL      1064 1147 83 684 93 462

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: February 1, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of February 1, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 31
Medical 13
Public  0
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 13

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Feb. 1, 2022 0
Feb. 2, 2022 0
Feb. 3, 2022 0
Feb. 4, 2022 2
Feb. 5, 2022 0
Total 2

COVID-19 GN Update - January 27, 2022

Minister of Health Update:

Ublaattiaq, Morning.

I’d like to speak about how dangerous misinformation regarding Covid 19 can be. Unfortunately, there are some Nunavummiut who are using radio or social media to spread lies regarding vaccinations. As we go through tough times as a territory, there is nothing to be gained from these lies.

I will say this again - the Covid vaccines are safe. As I see our youth and others getting vaccinated, I feel real hope for the future. Having more people vaccinated will also help us go back to living more normal lives. On the other hand, vaccine misinformation puts Nunavummiut at risk. Misinformation only provides fear and destroys trust.

Those who are not vaccinated are at much greater risk of becoming very ill or dying from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is a personal choice. If you don’t believe in the

vaccine, please do not put others at risk with your false information.

If you are unsure about the vaccine, and if you have questions – that’s okay. Listen to the experts. Listen to Dr. Patterson. Speak to a nurse that you trust. Don’t listen to social media or community members who are not health professionals.

I’d also like to speak about how important it is to respect our Nunavut Health staff during these tough times. Now, I know some people are frustrated by the public health measures. But Please Do not take your frustrations out on health staff. Some of our health professionals are facing abusive and threatening language. Health staff are working long hours. They are there to help. They do not control the public health measures and they are working as hard as they can to provide communities with the best possible care.

Let’s keep working together against Covid-19. If you are struggling with isolation, the restrictions, or the stress and anxiety from COVID-19, as many of us are, there is help available. I encourage Nunavummiut to access the mental health services and hotlines available across the territory. Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line: 1-800-265-3333 and for Government of Nunavut employees there is the Employee and Family Assistance Program: 1-800-663-1142

Please remember we are all in this together and we are all doing the best we can. We all have a role to play in getting through this pandemic and your actions help protect everyone’s health.

Thank you.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

Over the past few days, we have received questions about how we decide to change public health restrictions and why one community has stricter public health measures than others.

It is important to understand that the number of cases of COVID-19 in a community do not necessarily represent the degree of spread nor the level of risk. There are other factors that need to be considered together when we assess the risk to a community. These include the number of households involved; how fast the virus is spreading; whether or not Health staff can keep up with testing and tracing, and what percentage of the community has been vaccinated. We consider all of these factors when setting measures.

The best ways to reduce the risk to communities include:

  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Following public health measures.
  • Wearing masks.
  • Limiting nonessential gatherings.
  • Following the isolation rules.
  • Getting vaccinated.

Thank you.

 

 

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 statistics: January 27, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
30,696 1,544 279 1,260 5 31,855 25,367 11,123

COVID-19 community case statistics: January 27, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Kugluktuk Ongoing Since 23 Jan 2022 3 3 0 1 1 2
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 1 1 0
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 15 15 0 10 6 5
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 2 0 0
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 4 4 0 4 0 0
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 10 15 5 4 0 11
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 30 31 1 16 1 15
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 19 19 0 12 0 6
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 45 45 1 18 6 28
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 59 64 5 48 2 16
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 6 8 2 1 0 7
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 6 6 0 5 0 1
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 76 77 1 46 5 31
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

50 75 25 20 2 55
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 59 62 3 34 14 28

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 122 123 1 105 7 18
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

26 26 0 21 1 5
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

8 8 0 8 1 0
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

90 97 7 79 8 18
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

26 26 26 0 26 0
0 Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 157 163 6 130 18 33
TOTAL      814 871 57 591 73 279

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: January 25, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of January 25, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 26
Medical 54
Public  0
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 54

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Jan. 27, 2022 7
Jan. 28, 2022 2
Jan. 29, 2022 5
Jan. 30, 2022 5
Jan. 31, 2022 10
Total 29

COVID-19 GN Update - January 25, 2022

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

Yesterday evening, we announced changes to Public Health Measures in Igloolik. This was necessary to help control the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the community. Effective immediately, gathering limits have been decreased to zero except for emergencies only, schools, non-essential businesses and government offices are closed, and masks continue to be mandatory. I urge everyone to follow these rules to help us stop the spread of the virus.

The situation in Igloolik demonstrates how quickly this virus can spread. It is vital people in all communities continue to follow the public health measures, get vaccinated, wear a mask and isolate when advised. Taking these steps helps protect all Nunavummiut.

Shipments of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine will begin arriving in communities on January 31. Schedules and more information can be found on the GN website at gov.nu.ca. I encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to get vaccinated. The vaccine is our best defence against COVID-19.

I would like to remind people who are waiting for COVID-19 test results not to call the COVID-19 hotline or the health centre. You will be contacted with your results.

 

 

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

 

Pfizer second dose vaccinations

The Department of Health is rolling out second dose vaccination clinics across the territory for ages 5 to 11. The COVID-19 pediatric Pfizer vaccine is available to those ages 5 to 11 who have received their first dose at least eight weeks ago.

In Iqaluit, COVID-19 vaccines continue to be offered at Iqaluit Public Health. Call 867-975-4810 to schedule an appointment. Upcoming scheduled clinics to administer the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine in communities will be:

Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics    
Arviat February 5 to 6 867-857-3100
Sanikiluaq February 5 to 6 867-266-8965

Sanirajak

February 6 to 7

867-928-8827

Rankin Inlet February 8 to 9 867-645-8300
Cambridge Bay February 9 to 10 867-983-4500
Whale Cove February 10 to 11 867-896-9916
Kinngait February 12 to 13 867-897-8820
Naujaat February 13 to 14 867-462-9916
Chesterfield Inlet February 14 to 15 867-898-9968
Kimmirut February 15 to 16 867-939-2217
Igloolik February 16 to 17 867-934-2100
Coral Harbour February 17 to 18 867-925-9916
Pangnirtung February 19 to 20 867-473-8977
Qikiqtarjuaq February 19 to 20 867-927-8916
Clyde River February 21 to 22 867-924-6377
Pond Inlet February 22 to 23 867-899-7500

Clinic dates are subject to change pending weather or flight delays.

Schedule for vaccine arrival in all other communities is noted below. Please call your local health centre to book an appointment,

Pediatric Vaccines Arrive in Community    
Community Dates Call
Grise Fiord January 31 867-980-9923
Resolute Bay January 31 867-252-3844
Arctic Bay January 31 867-439-8873
Kugaaruk February 2 867-769-6441
Gjoa Haven February 2 867-360-7441
Taloyoak February 2 867-561-5111
Baker Lake February 3 867-793-2812
Kugluktuk February 3 867-982-4531

COVID-19 case statistics: January 25, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with three doses in Nunavut
30,113 1439 247 1187 5 31,855 25,369 11,123

COVID-19 community case statistics: January 25, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Kimmirut Ongoing Since 22 Jan 2022 1 1 0 0 0 1
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 15 15 0 4 4 11
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 2 0 0
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 6 4 -2 4 3 0
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 7 7 0 4 4 3
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 20 26 6 15 4 11
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 13 16 3 12 3 3
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 35 41 6 12 6 29
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 56 59 3 46 12 13
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 1 3 2 1 0 2
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 6 6 0 5 0 1
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 59 65 6 41 6 24
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

31 42 11 18 0 24
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 51 57 6 20 10 37

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 122 122 0 98 14 24
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

24 24 0 20 3 4
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

8 8 0 7 0 1
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

84 89 5 71 9 18
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

26 26 0 26 0 0
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 147 153 6 112 12 41
TOTAL      714 766 52 518 90 247

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: January 25, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of January 25, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 24
Medical 58
Public  0
EMTI 0
Construction 0
Total 58

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Jan. 25, 2022 11
Jan. 26, 2022 7
Jan. 27, 2022 2
Jan. 28, 2022 3
Jan. 29, 2022 5
Total 28

 

 


COVID-19 GN Update - January 20, 2022

Minister of Health Update:

Good Morning.

I’d like to speak about how important vaccines are in the fight against COVID-19.

By now, you’ve all heard the experts – like Dr Patterson, and other respected health professionals – urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ask yourself - how many times have you heard this message: ‘Get vaccinated’. And ask yourself: why do our experts keep repeating it?

They share this message, and they repeat this message, because it’s true. Despite Omicron being a new variant, and being more contagious, their advice is still critically important. These are the facts. The COVID-19 vaccines still hold great benefit for those who roll up their sleeves. Vaccines still help keep our families, friends, and coworkers safe.

Despite the repeated messaging, I’m concerned that still too many Nunavummiut aren’t vaccinated, or are only partially vaccinated. And so today I’d like to appeal to the families and friends of those people. If you know someone who needs a vaccine – please, speak to them, listen to their concerns. Help them to access reliable information about vaccines. Help them to book an appointment. I know opinions on vaccines can be strong, and it can be frustrating at times, but please don’t give up.

Finally, I’d like to thank the Mayor and Councils of the Hamlet of Arviat, the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet and the City of Iqaluit who have all decided to implement vaccine mandates for entry to their facilities. Your leadership is helping the collective effort to protect Nunavummiut from COVID-19. Matna for encouraging more Nunavut residents to get their COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning.

As announced earlier this week, 1 Nunavummiuq died due to COVID-19 infection Monday night. I would like to take this time to express my condolences to the family who has lost a loved one. This individual was not fully vaccinated and was over 70 years old.

Over the last week, there has been a significant increase in the number of infected individuals in Baker Lake. As a result, schools in Baker Lake will be at half capacity when they open next week. Moving forward we will continue to assess each community on a weekly basis and when appropriate the capacity at schools will be lowered, for at least 1-2 weeks. The goal is to keep the risk of exposure to the same level, or less, than the risk of exposure due to other activities in the community.

One daycare in Iqaluit has closed due to a COVID-19 exposure on site. Testing and contact tracing is taking place.

 

 

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 stats: January 20, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut
27,614 1,277 175 1097 5 31,623 25,197

COVID-19 community case statistics: January 20, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 12 12 0 0 0 12
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 2 2 0
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 1 1 1
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 5 5 0 0 0 5
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 14 15 1 11 10 4
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 12 13 1 9 0 3
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 14 17 3 6 4 11
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 47 48 1 34 7 14
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 1 1 0 1 1 0
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 6 6 0 5 0 1
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 43 51 8 35 3 16
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

18 18 0 18 0 0
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 40 45 5 10 9 35

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 115 119 4 84 2 35
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

20 21 1 17 0 4
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

7 8 1 7 0 1
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

76 79 3 62 6 17
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

26 26 0 26 0 0
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 109 116 7 100 5 16
TOTAL      569 604 35 428 50 175

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Starting 17 Jan 2022, confirmed cases include those meeting the revised Nunavut case definitions. This includes COVID-19 cases detected either by a confirmatory (PCR) or a presumptive (rapid) test.

***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 vaccination status: January 17, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of January 17, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

 

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 19
Medical 6
Public  2
EMTI 4
Construction 0
Total 8

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Jan. 20, 2022 7
Jan. 21, 2022 2
Jan. 22, 2022 0
Jan. 23, 2022 1
Jan. 24, 2022 2
Total 12

COVID-19 GN Update - January 18, 2022

Minister of Health Update:

Good morning,

Yesterday, the new public health measures came into effect. We have increased gathering sizes, allowed businesses to open and removed the travel restrictions between Nunavut communities. I urge people to continue to follow the restrictions, get vaccinated and only travel when absolutely necessary. This outbreak isn’t over and we all need to do our part to ensure the number of active cases continues to drop.

I am happy to report that all Nunavut Elders who were diagnosed with COVID-19 at Embassy West have recovered from the virus. As of yesterday, there were four essential caregivers from Nunavut at Embassy West along with two family members who live in Ottawa providing assistance with essential care. Another caregiver from the territory will be arriving later this week.

Elders at the Andy Aulatjut Centre in Arviat continue to be COVID free and there have been no new infections among staff. The centre has also received additional PPE such as N95 mask, visors and surgical mask to help with infection control.

On January 13, two staff members at the Gjoa Haven Continuing Care Centre tested positive for COVID-19. So far there none of the nine elders at the centre have tested positive and have not shown signs of symptoms. We will continue to test and monitor the elders.

Staffing at all our elders’ facilities remains adequate.

Thank you.

 

 

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 statistics to date: January 17, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut
27,614 1,222 177 1,040 5 31,623 52,197

COVID-19 community case statistics: January 13, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Naujaat Ongoing Since 15 Jan 2022 5 11 6 0 0 11
Kugaaruk Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 0 0 2
Gjoa Haven Ongoing Since 14 Jan 2022 2 2 0 0 0 2
Taloyoak Ongoing Since 11 Jan 2022 3 4 1 0 0 4
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 13 14 1 1 1 13
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 12 12 0 9 8 2
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 13 13 0 2 2 11
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 47 47 0 26 18 21
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 1 1 0 0 0 1
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 6 6 0 5 5 1
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 34 41 7 30 22 11
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

18 18 0 18 0 0
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 26 34 8 1 0 33

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 114 114 0 82 24 32
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

19 20 1 17 5 3
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

7 7 0 7 1 0
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

71 71 0 54 10 17
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

26 26 0 24 3 2
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 102 105 3 94 18 11
TOTAL      521 548 27 370 117 117

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Confirmed cases include those meeting the national case definitions.

***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 vaccination status: January 17, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of January 17, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 17
Medical 48
Public  8
EMTI 4
Construction 0
Total 56

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Jan. 18, 2022 0
Jan. 19, 2022 3
Jan. 20, 2022 5
Jan. 21, 2022 0
Jan. 22, 2022 0
Total 8

New developments in your programs/ services: Kitikmeot Region

  • Kugluktuk health centre on emergency services (due to short staffing).
  • Gjoa Haven, Cambridge Bay and Kugaaruk health centres on emergency services due to COVID-19 in community.

Ongoing services:

  • Specialty clinics, MD visits and dental clinics.

Adjusted services:

  • Orthodontist charter postponed due to COVID-19.
  • Some non-urgent medical travel appointments postponed.
  • Some Yellowknife surgeries cancelled until further notice.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • Rehabilitation team community visits suspended until further notice.

Special Operations Division

New developments in your programs/ services:

  • ‘Swab-Air’ has been reinstated to support timely turn-around of swabs.
  • Booster clinics for 12-17 year olds have commenced.
  • Dose 2 vaccine clinics for 5-11 year olds commencing next week.
  • Working with partners at CGS to distribute 250,000 level 3 masks to Hamlets. Masks are product of an RFA submitted in December.

Ongoing services:

  • Vaccine appointment for 12+ are ongoing across the territory.

COVID-19 GN Update - January 13, 2022

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

On Monday, January 17, we will ease restrictions across the territory

Starting Monday:

  • Community travel restrictions are lifted.
  • Outdoor gatherings are now permitted to 25 people.
  • Indoor gatherings in dwellings are now allowed up to five people, plus household members.
  • Government, Inuit organizations and all other offices may open.
  • Childcare facilities may open.
  • Long-term care and elders’ facilities may have one visitor per resident, but masks are mandatory.
  • Indoor public gatherings, including community halls and recreation centres, galleries are now limited to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centres can open to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity for solo workouts only; no group sessions.
  • Libraries and galleries can open to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity; no gatherings or group tours.
  • Places of worship are now permitted up to 50 people or 25 per cent capacity; no singing allowed.
  • Arenas are now permitted up to 25 people or 25 per cent capacity, as well as 25 spectators. No team sports allowed. ·
  • All non-essential businesses may open, including personal services such as hair dressers.
  • Taxis may have one fare per trip, with mandatory masks.
  • Group counselling sessions are now open to 10 people.
  • Parks and playgrounds may open, but buildings remain closed.
  • Restaurants and licensed establishments remain restricted to take-out only, with a maximum of 10 people in line.
  • Schools will be opening January 24

Masks remain mandatory in every community and non-essential travel remains highly discouraged.

In order to continue on this path to eased restrictions, I urge all Nunavummiut to follow the public health measures, get vaccinated and keep physical distance. Following the measures together will get us to the end of this outbreak.

I also want to clarify how our new testing protocols will work moving forward. While we will limit the amount of testing we do, we will still test certain individuals. In some cases, we will rely on symptoms to diagnose COVID-19. Whether you are diagnosed with COVID with a test or not, you will be informed of the diagnosis and minimum number of days that you will need to isolate.

I want to thank all Nunavummiut for their cooperation and patience during this latest outbreak. Please continue to follow the public health measures, as these help protect everyone.

Thank you.

 

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: January 13, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut
27,246 1,048 172 872 4 31,227 24,998

COVID-19 community case statistics: January 13, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Coral Harbour Ongoing Since 9 Jan 2022 9 9 0 0 0 9
Whale Cove Ongoing Since 7 Jan 2022 7 8 1 1 1 7
Sanikiluaq Ongoing Since 4 Jan 2022 1 1 0 0 0 1
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 23 24 1 7 6 17
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 1 1 0 0 0 1
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 4 5 1 0 0 5
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 18 18 0 8 6 10
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

18 18 0 18 0 0
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 2 9 7 1 0 8

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 64 64 0 44 1 20
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

17 17 0 11 0 6
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

7 7 0 3 0 4
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

68 71 3 33 1 38
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

26 26 0 18 0 8
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 96 96 0 58 11 38
TOTAL      361 374 13 202 26 172

COVID-19 vaccination status: January 10, 2022

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of January 11, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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 per community: January 13, 2022

Community

Tests done

Tests Positive Tests Negative
Coral Harbour (Since 9 Jan 2022) 43 9 34
Whale Cove ( Since 7 Jan 2022) 24 8 16
Sanikiluaq (Since 4 Jan 2022) 13 1 12
Kinngait (Since 2 January 2022) 86 24 62
Pond Inlet (Since 1 January 2022) 45 1 44
Chesterfield Inlet (Since 1 January 2022) 36 5 31
Cambridge bay (Since 30 December 2021) 110 18 92
Igloolik (Since 29 December) 174 18 156
Baker Lake (Since 29 December) 59 9 50
Arviat (Since 29 December) 247 64 183
Sanirajak (Since 29 December) 123 17 106
Qikiqtarjuaq (Since 28 December) 89 7 82
Rankin Inlet (Since 23 December) 647 72 575
Pangnirtung (Since 23 December 2021) 387 26 361
Iqaluit (Since 23 December 2021) 1372 97 1275

*Please note: These numbers change frequently. Every effort is made to keep this information up-to-date and complete, but it may not reflect all persons followed or tested.

** Confirmed cases include those meeting the national case definitions.

***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.

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 12
Medical 38
Public  9
EMTI 2
Construction 0
Total 49

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Jan. 13, 2022 1
Jan. 14, 2022 2
Jan. 15, 2022 0
Jan. 16, 2022 2
Jan. 17, 2022 1
Total 6

COVID-19 GN Update - January 6, 2022

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

I want to start off by verifying that yesterday we confirmed that Omicron is the dominant variant of COVID-19 in the territory. As we have seen in other jurisdictions, this variant spreads very quickly.

I know everyone is concerned by the rapid rise of cases across the territory. The best way forward is for everyone to reduce nonessential social interactions to as few as possible, and to move them outdoors. If you are in a public indoor space, you must wear a mask over your mouth and nose. We are getting reports that people are using take home test to clear themselves from isolation early. This increases the risk of COVID-19 spreading. Using a negative test to leave isolation early increases the chance you will spread COVID to other people. Please, complete isolation as directed.

Yesterday, we announced changes to how we will manage future COVID-19 testing. Moving forward we will focus confirmatory testing on new communities and in high-risk settings, and those who are hospitalized. For communities with outbreaks, we will be relying on symptomatic diagnosis for the majority of situations. This means, for example, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and live in a home with someone who has active COVID-19, you may not be tested. Evidence shows that the Omicron variant has an almost 100% positivity rate in a household.

We are also urging Nunavummiut not to call or go to the health centres, hospital or public health units for COVID-19 symptoms unless it is an emergency. If you have questions, call the hotline at 1-888-975-8601. Please be patient. The call volume is very high and wait times can be in excess of an hour.

As I mentioned in the last press update, self-testing units will be available at gateway airports in the coming days. When these kits arrive they will offered to all travelers, allowing them to test themselves twice after returning to Nunavut. These kits may help reduce the spread, but only if Nunavummiut continue to follow all other measures. Instructions on how to use the kits will be included and are available on the GN website on COVID-19 resources page.

Thank you.


 

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 stats to date: January 6, 2022

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons vaccinated with at least one dose in Nunavut Total persons vaccinated with two doses in Nunavut
26,036 946 244 694 4 30,908 24,832

* 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: January 6, 2022

Community

COVID-19 status

Time period

Public case count yesterday (TOTAL)

Public case count today (TOTAL) Change from yesterday (cases) Cumulative Recovered Change from yesterday (recoveries) Total Active Cases
Kinngait Ongoing Since 01/02/2022 7 23 16 0 0 23
Pond Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 1 1 0 0 0 1
Chesterfield Inlet Ongoing Since 01/01/2022 2 2 0 0 0 2
Cambridge Bay Ongoing Since 12/30/2021 1 1 0 0 0 1
Igloolik Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

16 18 2 1 0 17
Baker Lake Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 1 1 0 0 0 1

Arviat

Ongoing Since 12/29/2021 48 48 0 0 0 48
Sanirajak Ongoing

Since 12/29/2021

14 17 3 7 7 10
Qikiqtarjuaq Ongoing

Since 12/28/2021

6 6 0 1 1 5
Rankin Inlet Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

45 45 0 0 0 45
Pangnirtung Ongoing

Since 12/23/2021

20 20 0 1 0 19
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 11/04/2021 86 86 0 14 0 72
TOTAL      247 268 21 24 8 244

COVID-19 vaccination status: December 21, 2021

(No update this week due to holiday closure)

Details/Limitations:

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of January 4, 2022. The percentage of vaccine administered is vaccine administered divided by the Nunavut population estimate for 18 and older.

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.

Multiple communities represent individuals who received doses in two separate communities, or in communities that are not their place of residence.

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.

Dose numbers are from the Department of Health's Meditech system.

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 per community: January 6, 2022

Community

Tests done

Tests Positive Tests Negative
Kinngait (Since 2 January 2022) 66 23 43
Pond Inlet (Since 1 January 2022) 42 1 41
Chesterfield Inlet (Since 1 January 2022) 8 2 6
Cambridge bay (Since 30 December 2021) 10 1 9
Igloolik (Since 29 December) 151 18 133
Baker Lake (Since 29 December) 29 1 28
Arviat (Since 29 December) 160 48 112
Sanirajak (Since 29 December) 112 17 95
Qikiqtarjuaq (Since 28 December) 77 6 71
Rankin Inlet (Since 23 December) 457 45 412
Pangnirtung (Since 23 December 2021) 209 20 189
Iqaluit (Since 23 December 2021) 1071 86 985

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of January 5
Medical 45
Public  6
EMTI 1
Construction 0
Total 53

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
Jan. 5, 2022 0
Jan. 5, 2022 6
Jan. 6, 2022 7
Jan. 7, 2022 16
Jan. 8, 2022 0
Total 29