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COVID-19 GN Update - May 14, 2021

14 May 2021

Premier’s update:

Today we are reporting 12 new cases and eight recoveries of COVID-19. There are 78 active cases in the territory, all in Iqaluit. There have been 145 recoveries to date in this outbreak.

So far, 16,609 Nunavummiut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 13,160 Nunavummiut are now fully vaccinated.

I want to thank all Nunavummiut for their continued patience and adherence during this latest outbreak. Thanks for everything you’ve done and for doing what we need to keep doing.

We’re all tired of these restrictions, but we have to stay focused and strong. We can do this. Everyone do your part. Ask for help if you need it. We’re all in this together. Let’s protect one another.

Mask up when outside your home- always. Stay home as much as possible. Keep strict social distance with people outside your household bubble. Get vaccinated. Do the right thing for yourself, your family and everyone around you. Stay home and stay safe.

 

Minister of Health Update:

As we wrap up National Nursing Week, I want to take an opportunity to give my thanks as Minister of Health to all our hardworking nurses. On behalf of all Nunavummiut, thank you for everything, not just in this pandemic, but every day.

We’re heading into our fifth weekend of this lockdown in the capital, and I’m again reminding everyone, in all communities, but especially here in Iqaluit, to please respect all the public health measures in place. All of them.

This means no gatherings, no parties, no excuses to hang out with people outside your household. Don’t be outside without wearing your masks. If your kids are playing out, please ensure they have a mask on. Don’t share cigarettes, drinks, utensils or food.

It’s up to all of us. Please don’t take chances and please think of one another now more than ever.

Let’s be strong, and let’s all be vigilant and careful. We all know what to do, so let’s all stick to the public health measures. 

 

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

Unsafe gatherings continue to spread COVID-19. Whether it’s parties, children playing outside with friends from other households or visiting in homes, we are seeing continued exposure to COVID-19, continued spread of the virus and more people having to isolate.

Through contact tracing, we identified a gathering of multiple households that resulted in additional cases confirmed in children and three households having to be isolated. As of this morning, we have 264 people in isolation. The more people who must isolate due to exposure to COVID-19, the greater the risk that essential services will be impacted. Isolation also put additional stress and burden on families and the community. Health staff are working hard to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but this will not be successful without everyone’s cooperation.

I also ask for cooperation with surveillance testing. We have had many people refuse swabs because they are afraid of being isolated, or just feel it is unnecessary. Surveillance testing doesn’t mean you will be isolated. Isolation would only be necessary if you test positive for the virus. This is what makes agreeing to surveillance testing so important. If you are asymptomatic and positive for COVID-19 you may be spreading the virus. If you have COVID and do not isolate, you are putting people other people at risk.

I know no one wants to isolate, but it is the best way to contain the spread of COVID-19.

As long as people continue to gather in unsafe ways, the virus will continue to spread.

 

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: May 14

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons followed Current persons followed
14,110 618 78 536 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: May 14

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 203 215 12 0 137 78
Kinngait Ongoing Since 19/04/2021 6 6 0 0 6 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      594 606 12 1 527 78

COVID-19 vaccination status: May 10

  Nunavut Total Population Estimates by Community, as of July 1 2020   Vaccine uptake Meditech numbers as of May 10, 2021      
  Total 18 and over Done 1 dose % Done 2 dose %
Nunavut 39,353 24,878 16,426 66% 12,879 52%
Qikiqtaaluk Region 20,822 13,359 9,332 70% 6,687 50%

Arctic Bay

946 530

339

64% 293 55%
Clyde River  1,192 688 474 69% 385 56%
Grise Fiord  140 96 68 71% 41 43%
Igloolik  1,987 1,094 481 44% 376 34%
Iqaluit  8,284 6,049 5,016 83% 3,343 55%
Kimmirut  427 265 178 67% 161 61%
Kinngait 1,547 923 505 55% 316 34%
Pangnirtung 1,631 1,008 612 61% 471 47%
Pond Inlet  1,794 1,031 602 58% 461 45%
Qikiqtarjuaq  651 421 224 53% 163 39%
Resolute Bay 218 136 174 128% 113 83%
Sanikiluaq 1,014 573 328 57% 295 51%
Sanirajak 1,000 545 331 61% 261 49%
Kivalliq Region 11,388 7,011 4,454 64% 3,845 55%
Arviat 29,918 1,696 1,247 74% 1061 63%
Baker Lake  2,265 1,471 828 56% 710 48%
Chesterfield Inlet  453 287 177 62% 159 55%
Coral Harbour  973 554 269 49% 221 40%
Naujaat  1,270 648 325 50% 280 43%
Rankin Inlet  3,026 2,089 1,438 69% 1279 61%
Whale Cove 483 266 170 64% 136 51%
Kitikmeot Region 7,143 4,508 2,640 59% 2,347 52%
Cambridge Bay  1,902 1,352 976 72% 866 64%
Gjoa Haven  1,398 836 404 48% 368 44%
Kugaaruk  1,180 650 273 42% 256 39%
Kugluktuk  1,517 1,000 570 57% 486 49%
Taloyoak  1,143 670 417 62% 371 55%

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of May 10, 2021.

Percentage of vaccine administered is of the 18 and older population. 

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.

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: May 12

Community Tests Positive Tests Negative
Iqaluit 191 2,462
Kinngait 6 147
Rankin Inlet 2 75
Arviat 339 2,883
Whale Cove 23 352
Rankin Inlet 19 339
Sanikiluaq 2 202
TOTAL  582 6,460

Isolation population: 

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of May 13
Medical 383
Public  219
EMTI 47
Construction 28
Total 677

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
May 14, 2021 58
May 15, 2021 7
May 16, 2021 47
May 17, 2021 55
May 18, 2021 89
Total 256

Critical Worker Requests:

As of May 14, there were 16,342 requests, 8,101 of which were critical worker requests.

Request Status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 12,585 77.0%
Denied 311 1.9%
Pending 519 3.2%
Common Travel Area 2927 17.9%
Total 16,342 100%

 

 

Department of Education Services

Ongoing services:

K-12 Schools

The following stages continue to be in effect:

  • Stage 4 – Schools in Iqaluit.
  • Stage 3 – Schools in the Qikiqtani region, except Sanikiluaq and Iqaluit.
  • Stage 2 – Schools in Rankin Inlet.
  • 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, with the exception of 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.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

K-12 Schools

Iqaluit schools are closed for in-school instruction until further notice.

  • In Stage 4, all instruction will be conducted remotely. All schools are closed to students, staff, and the public. School staff will regularly communicate with all students.

Early Learning and Child Care

Iqaluit childcare facilities are closed until further notice.

 

 

Department of Environment Services

Adjusted services:

The wildlife office in Kinngait is now open to the public.

 

 

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.