Canada’s Arctic Nunavut territory confirms 2 more COVID-19 cases: 1 in Kinngait, 1 in Kugluktuk

A file photo of Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson. On Tuesday, he said the two infected people are doing well and are isolating.(Matisse Harvey/Radio-Canada)

It brings the total of active cases in Nunavut to 5, with 3 in Kinngait

There are two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Nunavut on Tuesday, including the first case in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region.

Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said in a news release that one case is in Kinngait and one is in Kugluktuk. That makes a total of five active cases in the territory, with three in Kinngait.

The news follows an announcement Monday that COVID-19 is increasingly circulating in the territory. Public health officials also issued an exposure notice in Kinngait Monday, and imposed a new mask mandate across the territory. Heightened restrictions continue to be in effect in Arviat, where a presumptive positive case in a school-aged youth turned out to be negative. Officials are still being cautious.

“Both individuals are doing well and are isolating. I urge Nunavummiut to follow the public health measures in place and remind them that masks are now mandatory across the territory,” Patterson said in a statement.

Contract tracing underway

Officials said contact tracing in ongoing and public health measures in place in both communities won’t be changing at this time.

Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET to arrange testing or notify their community health centre right away. People are asked to not go to the health centre in person, and to immediately isolate at home for 14 days.

Vaccines are also still available across the territory. People can call their health centre to make an appointment or walk into Iqaluit Public Health every weekday for those 18 years and over and Wednesday for those aged 12 to 17.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Vaccination coverage in Nunavik, Quebec reaches 44 per cent of eligible population, Eye on the Arctic

Greenland: Greenland announces COVID-19 reopening plan, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Iceland to lift further COVID-19 restrictions September 15, Eye on the Arctic

Russia: Ten percent of population on Russia’s Kola Peninsula has been infected with COVID-19, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden extends COVID-19 test recommendations for travellers from abroad, Radio Sweden

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