All licensed Nunavut businesses can open starting next week, announces top doctor

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson also announced that a travel bubble will be formed with Churchill, Man. (CBC)
All licensed establishments in Nunavut will be allowed to open with regular hours starting July 20, the territory’s chief public health officer announced during a live press conference Monday.

Dr. Michael Patterson also announced that a travel bubble will be formed with Churchill, Man. In June, officials said Nunavummiut can travel to Churchill for medical care without isolating upon return, as long as they don’t leave the community during their stay.

Nunavut government officials are giving an update on the state of COVID-19 in the territory on Monday — a few days after they announced the territory’s only presumptive case tested negative.

The livestream will be broadcast here live at 11 a.m. ET, and on CBC Nunavut’s Facebook page.

On Friday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson confirmed that the presumptive case reported July 2 at Mary River Mine tested negative in a lab in Ontario. He said the worker, and the several others self-isolating, have returned back to work.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. As of Monday, there were 163 people in the territory being investigated by public health for COVID-19. In total, 1,553 have been investigated.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Big uptake of COVID-19 emergency benefit program in Northern Canada’s territories, CBC News

Finland: Russian tourists eager to book holidays in Finland despite border closure, Yle News

Greenland: Greenland extends COVID-19 entry requirements until July 20, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Iceland revises COVID-19 border screening rules for citizens, residents, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norwegian Arctic wilderness tourism hit particularly hard by coronavirus, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: The city that builds Russia’s nuclear submarines now has more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden’s top epidemiologist admits he got COVID-19 strategy wrong, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska Highway travellers might be in for rough ride this summer, CBC News

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