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COVID-19 GN Update - June 7, 2021

07 June 2021

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: June 7

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons followed Current persons followed
16,467 649 1 644 4 8656 437

*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 7

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 245 245 0 0 244 1
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      637 637 0 1 635 1

COVID-19 vaccination status: June 7

  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 17,247 69% 14,949 60%
Qikiqtaaluk Region 20,822 13,359 10,009 75% 8,495 64%

Arctic Bay

946 530

352

66% 335 63%
Clyde River  1,192 688 487 71% 427 62%
Grise Fiord  140 96 72 75% 42 47%
Igloolik  1,987 1,094 542 50% 422 39%
Iqaluit  8,284 6,049 5,478 91% 4,615 76%
Kimmirut  427 265 186 70% 170 64%
Kinngait 1,547 923 527 57% 433 47%
Pangnirtung 1,631 1,008 654 65% 568 56%
Pond Inlet  1,794 1,031 617 60% 545 53%
Qikiqtarjuaq  651 421 239 57% 199 47%
Resolute Bay 218 136 186 137% 127 93%
Sanikiluaq 1,014 573 328 57% 295 51%
Sanirajak 1,000 545 341 63% 314 58%
Kivalliq Region 11,388 7,011 4,512 64% 4,011 55%
Arviat 2,918 1,696 1,259 74% 1,075 63%
Baker Lake  2,265 1,471 845 57% 723 49%
Chesterfield Inlet  453 287 177 62% 159 55%
Coral Harbour  973 554 272 49% 237 43%
Naujaat  1,270 648 333 51% 303 47%
Rankin Inlet  3,026 2,089 1,451 69% 1,377 66%
Whale Cove 483 266 175 66% 137 52%
Kitikmeot Region 7,143 4,508 2,726 60% 2,443 54%
Cambridge Bay  1,902 1,352 1,009 75% 921 68%
Gjoa Haven  1,398 836 432 52% 382 46%
Kugaaruk  1,180 650 287 44% 270 42%
Kugluktuk  1,517 1,000 572 57% 491 49%
Taloyoak  1,143 670 426 64% 379 57%

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.

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 3

Community Tests Positive Tests Negative
Iqaluit 245 4528
Kinngait 7 186
Rankin Inlet 2 133
Arviat 339 2,883
Whale Cove 23 352
Rankin Inlet 19 339
Sanikiluaq 2 202
TOTAL  637 8,623

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of June 4
Medical 341
Public  181
EMTI 31
Construction 44
Total 597

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
June 5, 2021 4
June 6, 2021 29
June 7, 2021 55
June 8, 2021 40
June 9, 2021 64
Total 192

Critical Worker Requests:

As of June 7, there were 17,318 requests, 8,619 of which were critical worker requests.

Request Status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 13,530 78.0%
Denied 317 1.8%
Pending 544 3.2%
Common Travel Area 2,927 16.9%
Total 17,318 100%

 

 

Department of Finance Services

Ongoing services:

Taxation

The Government of Nunavut (GN) continues to collect taxes as usual. Taxes can be paid by cheque, credit card, or electronic fund transfer through the following options:

  • Via phone by calling toll-free number 1-800-316-3324;
  • In-person at Parnaivik Building on the second floor;
  • Via mail to P.O. Box 2260, Stn 300, Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0; or
  • On-line through arrangements with financial institutions.

Please use the window kiosk, respect social distancing rules and wear a mask if you choose to pay your taxes in person.

For tax inquiries, please email the following addresses:

Downloadable forms and other information regarding each of Nunavut’s taxes can be found at www.gov.nu.ca/finance.

Iqaluit NULC Store

The Iqaluit NULC store will continue to operate. The store hours are as follows:

  • Sunday – Closed.
  • Monday – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (customers aged 60+ only).
  • Tuesday – Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday – Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday – Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Noon to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday – Noon to 7 p.m.

To reduce and prevent the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the NULC has implemented social distancing measures in the store. For staff and public safety, the NULC will be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store at a time. Customers must stand at least two meters apart while waiting in line outside the store. Masks are mandatory in and outside of the store.

The store does not accept cash. Debit card and credit card (including prepaid credit cards) must be used. Prepaid credit cards are available for sale at various banks, Northmart and Canada Post. You can load money directly onto the card and use it for purchases. 

Liquor Permits

The NULC will continue selling liquor import permits in Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet in-person or over the phone. 

In Iqaluit, you can drop by the NULC store on Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday to Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. or call 867-975-6869 (ET).

In Rankin Inlet, you can call 867-645-8575 or 855-844-5488, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m (CT).

Community liquor orders

For community liquor orders, please call the Rankin Inlet office at 867-645-8575 or 855-844-5488, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.(CT).

Vendor Payments and Invoices

Providing timely payments to our vendors remains a priority. All GN departments will continue to receive, process and pay vendor invoices. If you have a question regarding specific invoices, please contact the appropriate departments with the contact numbers below.

Departmental Contact Information

For payment of GN invoices, the Department of Finance is encouraging invoice payments through mailed cheques, internet banking or credit card. For credit card payments, please call the following numbers:

  • Iqaluit: 867-975-5808.
  • Rankin Inlet: 867-645-8517.
  • Cambridge Bay: 867-983-4043.

 

 

Department of Family Services

Ongoing services:

Iqaluit Family Services Offices (Grinnell Place - Family Wellness and Building 607- Income Assistance and Career Development) are now open to the public. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of people allowed in the waiting areas is limited. It is best to call ahead and book an appointment to be seen. Please respect social distancing and wear a mask.

Contact Numbers:

  • Iqaluit Child Welfare Protection, Family Wellness (CSSW): 1-867-975-5777 or 867-975-5650.
  • Iqaluit Income Assistance, Iqaluit IA: 1-867-975-6580.
  • Iqaluit Career Development Information, Qikiqtaaluk: 1-855-975-6580.

 

 

Department of Education Services

New developments in your programs/ services:

K-12 Schools

According to the Chief Public Health Officer, the following stage changes will apply to Nunavut schools:

  • On Thursday, June 3, 2021, all Iqaluit schools moved to Stage 3.

All Iqaluit schools have implemented their Stage 3 action plan.

Early Learning and Child Care

On Thursday, June 3, 2021, Iqaluit childcare facilities can reopen.

Ongoing services:

K-12 Schools

The following stages continue to be in effect:

  • Stage 3 – Schools in Kinngait and Iqaluit.
  • Stage 2 – Schools in Rankin Inlet and the Qikiqtani region, except Sanikiluaq, Kinngait, 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 childcare 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.

Adjusted services:

K-12 Schools

According to the Chief Public Health Officer, the following stage changes will apply to Nunavut schools:

  • On Thursday, June 3, 2021, all Iqaluit schools could move to Stage 3.

All Iqaluit schools have implemented their Stage 3 action plan.

  • In Stage 3, instruction for all grade levels will be a blend of in-school and remote learning. Elementary school students will attend school three days per week. Middle and high school students will attend school two days per week with staggered schedules to reduce physical interaction. All school staff will report to school, and will adhere to strict physical distancing and other health and safety measures. School staff will regularly communicate with all students.

 

 

Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services

Ongoing services:

Motor Vehicles

  • Iqaluit Motor Vehicles offices are open to the public at a limited capacity to maintain social distancing restrictions. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the Motor Vehicles office.  
  • Clients are encouraged to access services by email at MotorVehicles@gov.nu.ca and by telephone at 1-888-975-5999.
  • Nunavummiut can also visit gov.nu.ca/motorvehicles to access:
    • Driver’s Licence Renewals.
    • General Identification Card Renewals.
    • Vehicle Registration Renewals.
    • Requests for Driver’s Abstracts, Vehicle Searches, and Accident Reports.

Nunavut Airports

  • Access to the airport is restricted to staff, passengers, and people providing necessary assistance to passengers.
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the airports.  
  • All staff and passengers must follow public health guidelines.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

Motor Vehicles

In-person drivers’ tests in Iqaluit are suspended but expected to resume shortly.

Fisheries and Sealing

Sales of Nunavut seal skins through the Dressed Seal Skins for Nunavummiut program will resume by July 1, 2021, through local business. Additional details on which businesses will be selling seal pelts will be shared by end of June. Sales will no longer be completed through the Fisheries and Sealing office in Iqaluit.

 

 

Department of Environment Services

Adjusted services:

The wildlife office in Iqaluit and the Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park office are now open to the public. All other buildings at the park remain closed.

 

 

Department of Community and Government services

All isolation requests for construction worker are to be booked through CPHOConstructionRequests@gov.nu.ca. Isolations occur in Ottawa and Quebec City construction hubs, as well as in Winnipeg and Edmonton.

Construction Workers Completed Isolation and Travelled to Nunavut  
2021 Total to Date 1,191
January 164
February 220
March 204
April 269
May 299
June 1 – June 6 35
May – Dec 2020 Total 2,183

 

 

Qulliq Energy Corporation

New developments in programs/services: 

Iqaluit Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) employees returned to the workplace on June 4, 2021, and are required to follow the corporation’s COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan.

QEC Customer Care office in Iqaluit reopened on Monday, June 7, for regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time). All customers are asked to respect public health measures by wearing a mask and remaining at least two meters (six feet) apart.

Ongoing services:

QEC will continue to deliver safe and reliable power to Nunavummiut. The Customer Care office in Iqaluit reopened on Monday, June 7, for regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time).

Adjusted services:

QEC continues offering flexible payment options to residential and commercial customers who are unable to pay their monthly electricity bills in full.

 

 

Nunavut Arctic College

Ongoing services:

Effective Thursday, June 3, the Nunavut Arctic College is functioning at Stage 3: Orange for NAC students and staff. NAC would like to inform its community that following the Government of Nunavut, NAC facilities are open to the public.  In addition to the public health measures outlined by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, the NAC community and the public are reminded that the following rules are in place:

  • Masks are mandatory in indoor public places for staff and the public.
  • The number of individuals will be limited due to the size of the facility.
  • While the majority of programs are completed for the academic year, students enrolled in the spring semester should connect with their Program instructor for confirmation any changes to course delivery.

For further updates please see https://arcticcollege.ca/covid19-2.

 

 

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.