Total of 37 active COVID-19 cases in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut

Nunavut announced nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, of which two are in Kinngait and seven are in Iqaluit, bringing the respective case numbers to four in Kinngait and 33 in Iqaluit. (Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada)
Nunavut added 9 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, for a total of 37 active cases

Nunavut announced nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, of which two are in Kinngait and seven are in Iqaluit, bringing the respective case numbers to four in Kinngait and 33 in Iqaluit.

There were also eight recoveries, which means the total case count for the territory is 37.

People are considered recovered from COVID-19 once they’ve met two criteria: one is that at least 10 days have passed since they developed symptoms or received a positive test, the other is that they have been symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours.

Premier Joe Savikataaq, Health Minister Lorne Kusugak and Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson will give an update on COVID-19 in the territory at 11 a.m. ET.

CBC North livestreamed the update on their CBC Nunavut Facebook page.

Bars linked to transmission

Earlier this week, the Nunavut government reported that a second bar in Iqaluit had been identified through contact tracing as a potential exposure location for COVID-19. People who visited the Chartroom Lounge between April 10 and 14 are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and if they develop symptoms, to switch to self-isolating.

If symptoms develop, the government is also asking people to call the COVID-19 hotline. The first bar identified was the Storehouse Bar and Grill. 

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Arctic Tourism & the Pandemic podcast, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Mysterious coronavirus variant in Arctic Finland is rare US-Mexican strain, Yle News

Denmark/Greenland: Greenland authorities buoyed by high demand for COVID-19 vaccine, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Icelandic government proposes bill for stricter COVID-19 border measures, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norway extends border closure with Finland due to pandemic, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Norway closes borders over fears of virus, but exempts Russian fishermen from severely infected border region, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: COVID-19 strategy darkens Sweden’s image in the Nordics, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska politicians send Trudeau letter saying they’re “shocked” over Canada’s COVID-19 cruise ship ban, Eye on the Arctic

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