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COVID-19 GN Update - June 17, 2021

17 June 2021

Premier’s update:

Good morning. Nunavut is reporting no new or recovered cases of COVID-19 today. There are still eight active cases in Iqaluit. There have been 254 recoveries since this outbreak began.

As of Tuesday, 18,091 people in Nunavut have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 15,867 are now fully vaccinated. We are working to get updated numbers as soon as possible.

Our Pfizer clinics started this week, and from the photos I’ve seen of the walk-in clinic here in Iqaluit, it looks like we’re off to a really strong start.

For those outside Iqaluit, please make an appointment through your local health centre for your 12 to 17 year olds.

It’s important to remember that the Pfizer vaccines are more difficult to transport and have a much shorter shelf life once thawed. NOW is the time to get teenagers vaccinated. Please don’t wait because we can’t guarantee when we’ll be able to administer Pfizer outside these community clinic dates.

As always - Mask up. Wash your hands often. Keep strict physical distancing. Keep your bubbles small. Get vaccinated, and now, help your teens get vaccinated too.

Stay kind and positive to one another. Do the right thing for yourself, your family and everyone around you. Take care and stay safe.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

The situation in Iqaluit continues to improve. We have had no additional cases stem from the exposure notices at the end of last week. There have also been no active cases identified following the positives confirmed in two elementary school students this week. This is encouraging and I urge people to be patient a little longer with the public health measures. Following the measures will help end the outbreak and put us in a position to enjoy our summer.

On Tuesday, vaccines for youth aged 12 to 17 began rolling out across the territory. Vaccines arrived in Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Igloolik, Naujaat, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Sanirajak, Resolute Bay and Kugaaruk. Grise Fiord’s delivery yesterday was delayed by weather and should be arriving today if the plane can land. Vaccines should be delivered to the remaining communities for first doses by June 21.

Here in Iqaluit, youth can go to the mass vaccination clinic that began yesterday and continues until tomorrow, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the curling rink.

The vaccine’s arrival, availability and most importantly, efficiency, mark a significant step toward further reducing restrictions territory-wide. I urge everyone who is eligible, to get the vaccine. Call your health centre for an appointment. If you are 18 and over it's not too late for you to get your shot. There are vaccines available.

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

 

Upcoming Community Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Vaccinations Clinics for 12 to 17 year olds:

Arctic Bay (Mass Clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 17 - 18 Health Centre
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
867-439-8873
2 July 14 - 16 Health Centre
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
867-439-8873
Arviat (Mass clinic)      

 

Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Every Saturday starting June 19 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 867-857-3100
2 Every Saturday starting July 10 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 867-857-3100                             
Baker Lake (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 24 to 26 Community Arena Noon to 9 p.m. 867-793-2816
2 July 15 to 17 Community Arena Noon to 9 p.m. 867-793-2816
Cambridge Bay (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 28 to 30 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867 983-4500
2 July 21 - 23 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867 983-4500
Chesterfield Inlet        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 21 Health Centre 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 867-898-9968
Clyde River (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 15 to 17 Quluaq School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-924-6377
2 July 6 to 8 Quluaq School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-924-6377
Coral Harbour (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 22 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-925-9916
2 July 13 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-925-9916
Gjoa Haven (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 21 to 22 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-360-7741
2 July 15 to 16 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-360-7741
Grise Fiord        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 22 Health Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 867-980-9923
Igloolik (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 16 to 18 Community Hall Noon to 9 p.m. 867-934-2100
2 July 7,8 &10 Community Hall Noon to 9 p.m. 867-934-2100
Iqaluit (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 16 to 19 Curling Rink (TBD) 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-in
2 July 14 to 17 Curling Rink (TBD) 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-in
Kimmirut        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 18 Health Centre
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 
867-939-2217
Kinngait (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 18, 19 and 21 Community Hall Noon to 9 p.m. 867-897-8820
2 July 12 to 14 Community Hall Noon to 9 p.m. 867-897-8820
Kugaaruk (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 18 to 19 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-769-6441
2 July 12 to 13 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-769-6441
Kugluktuk (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 July 5 and 6 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-982-4531
2 July 27 and 28 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-982-4531
Naujaat (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 16 and 17 Health Centre 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 867-462-9916
2 July 7 and 8 Health Centre 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 867-462-9916
Pangnirtung (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 15 to 17 Community Hall/Hamlet Building Noon to 9 p.m. 867-473-8977
2 July 6 to 8 Community Hall/Hamlet Building Noon to 9 p.m. 867-473-8977
Pond Inlet (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 15 to 17 Nasivvik High School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-899-7500
2 July 6 to 8 Nasivvik High School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-899-7500
Qikiqtarjuaq        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 15 Health Centre
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5
 
867-927-8916
Rankin Inlet (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 22 Community Recreation Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-645-8070
2 July 13 Community Recreation Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-645-8070
Resolute Bay        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 17 Health Centre
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5
 
867-252-3844
Sanikiluaq        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 19 New Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-266-8965
2 July 10 New Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-266-8965
Sanirajak        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 16 Health Centre
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5
 
867-928-8827
Taloyoak (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 24 to 25 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-561-5111
2 July 18 to 19 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-561-5111
Whale Cove (Mass clinic)        
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 19 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-896-9916
2 July 10 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-896-9916

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

COVID-19 case status: June 17

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths
17,444 657 8 645 4

* 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: June 17

Community

Active COVID-19 transmission

Time period Confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday Confirmed COVID-19 cases today Change in case count +/- from previous day Deaths Recovered Cases Total active cases
Iqaluit Ongoing Since 14/04/2021 253 253 0 0 245 8
Kinngait Ongoing Since 19/04/2021 7 7 0 0 7 0
Rankin Inlet Ongoing Since 24/04/2021 2 2 0 0 2 0
Arviat over

11/2020 – 04/2021

339 339 0 1 338 0
Whale Cove over

11/2020 – 02/2021

23 23 0 0 23 0
Rankin Inlet over

11/2020 – 12/2020

19 19 0 0 19 0
Sanikiluaq over

11/2020 – 12/2020

2 2 0 0 2 0
TOTAL      645 645 0 1 636 8

COVID-19 vaccination status: June 14

  Nunavut Total Population Estimates by Community, as of July 1 2020   Vaccine uptake Meditech numbers as of May 31, 2021      
  Total 18 and over Done 1 dose % Done 2 dose %
Nunavut 39,353 24,878 18,025 72% 15,169 62%
Qikiqtaaluk Region 20,822 13,359 10,564 79% 8,772 66%

Arctic Bay

946 530

391

74% 323 61%
Clyde River  1,192 688 503 73% 450 65%
Grise Fiord  140 96 81 84% 39 41%
Igloolik  1,987 1,094 543 50% 440 40%
Iqaluit  8,284 6,049 5,806 96% 4,873 81%
Kimmirut  427 265 199 75% 166 63%
Kinngait 1,547 923 534 58% 443 48%
Pangnirtung 1,631 1,008 689 68% 542 54%
Pond Inlet  1,794 1,031 662 64% 552 54%
Qikiqtarjuaq  651 421 250 59% 206 49%
Resolute Bay 218 136 197 145% 133 98%
Sanikiluaq 1,014 573 358 62% 287 50%
Sanirajak 1,000 545 351 64% 318 58%
Kivalliq Region 11,388 7,011 4,641 66% 3,985 57%
Arviat 2,918 1,696 1,273 75% 1,068 63%
Baker Lake  2,265 1,471 882 60% 722 49%
Chesterfield Inlet  453 287 208 72% 164 57%
Coral Harbour  973 554 283 51% 243 44%
Naujaat  1,270 648 371 57% 305 47%
Rankin Inlet  3,026 2,089 1,450 69% 1,350 65%
Whale Cove 483 266 174 65% 133 50%
Kitikmeot Region 7,143 4,508 2,820 63% 2,412 54%
Cambridge Bay  1,902 1,352 1,050 78% 946 70%
Gjoa Haven  1,398 836 434 52% 368 44%
Kugaaruk  1,180 650 320 49% 227 35%
Kugluktuk  1,517 1,000 586 59% 500 50%
Taloyoak  1,143 670 430 64% 371 55%
Multiple Communities     229   225  

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of May 31, 2021.

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: June 17

Community Tests Positive Tests Negative
Iqaluit 253 5328
Kinngait 7 206
Rankin Inlet 2 148
Arviat 339 2,883
Whale Cove 23 352
Rankin Inlet 19 339
Sanikiluaq 2 202
TOTAL  645 9,458

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of June 17
Medical 194
Public  153
EMTI 61
Construction 45
Total 543

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
June 17, 2021 70
June 18, 2021 64
June 19, 2021 9
June 20, 2021 21
June 21, 2021 25
Total 189

Critical Worker Requests:

As of June 17, there were 18,131 requests, 8,946 of which were critical worker requests.

Request Status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 14,351 79.2%
Denied 317 1.7%
Pending 536 3.0%
Common Travel Area 2,927 16.1%
Total 18,131 100%

 

 

Department of Education Services

Ongoing services:

K-12 Schools

The following stages continue to be in effect:

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

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

Early Learning and Child Care

All Nunavut child care facilities can remain open, including those in Iqaluit.

Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students (FANS)

Students booking their FANS-eligible travel must follow the public health measures and recommendations of the CPHO.

If students have questions about their travel, they can contact the FANS office for information at fanstravel@gov.nu.ca.

 

 

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