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COVID-19 GN Update - May 6, 2021
Today we are reporting 12 new cases and eight recoveries of COVID-19. There are 86 active cases in the territory - 84 in Iqaluit and two in Kinngait. There have been 71 recoveries to date in this outbreak.
So far, 16,271 Nunavummiut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 12,692 Nunavummiut are now fully vaccinated.
We all know that no one wants COVID-19, and I’ll continue to urge people to stop blaming and assuming about the virus and its transmission.
However, I want to remind everyone about their responsibility to do the right things. We all need to make sure we are doing everything we can to protect one another.
Remember that your actions can impact everyone’s health. Public health is everyone’s duty.
So, Nunavummiut, please continue to follow all the measures we have in place. Mask up anytime you’re outside your household. Wash your hands often. Stay home as much as possible. Get vaccinated.
Have a safe and responsible weekend.
Chief Public Health Officer Update:
On Tuesday, we announced that after screening the boarding home staff and clients for COVID-19 that medical travellers had been cleared to return home. Yesterday, we received questions and concerns about whether it is safe to stay at the boarding home.
It is safe. There have been no COVID-19 cases confirmed in clients from the boarding home. The staff who tested positive and those who are high-risk contacts are in isolation and will not return to work until they have recovered from COVID-19 and been cleared by Public Health to leave isolation.
The boarding home also has processes in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 including:
- Enhanced cleaning.
- Encouraging guests to isolate in their rooms.
- There are no visitors allowed and current public health measures prohibit visiting around the city.
- Clients are asked to only leave for their appointments or to pick up prescriptions.
- Food and beverages are being delivered to the rooms.
- Nobody is allowed to gather inside.
- Only clients are allowed on the property, and social distancing is required while outside.
- Masks and social distancing are mandatory.
- Staff that are working were not exposed and have tested negative.
If you are a medical traveller who has been cleared for travel from Iqaluit, you are still required to isolate for 14 days. Members of your household must also isolate. This extra layer of safety ensures that the risk of COVID-19 spreading to other communities is as low as possible.
Yesterday, the two cases in Rankin Inlet recovered, were cleared from isolation and were able to return home. As of yesterday, there were 23 cases of COVID-19 at the Baffinland Iron Mine. Staff from the Baffinland Mine will be transferred to the south, to complete their isolation there.
There are currently 10 active cases of COVID-19 at the Baffin Correctional Centre, all individuals are stable and isolating on site. Three individuals have been medevac’d to Ottawa and are under treatment there. No other Nunavummiut have been admitted to hospital due to this outbreak.
I have been very clear in previous statements that it is very important that people follow public health measures.
Visiting and social gatherings are the main causes of spread in Iqaluit right now. These activities put people at risk and will extend the outbreak if they don’t stop.
Gatherings of individuals from different households can expose everyone at the gathering, and everyone they live with to COVID-19. We are asking anyone that has attended a house party in the last three weeks to contact the hotline and request swabbing.
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 6
|Total Tests||Total confirmed cases||Total active cases||Total recovered cases||Deaths||Total persons followed||Current persons followed|
*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 6
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|
|Rankin Inlet||Ongoing||Since 24/04/2021||2||2||0||0||2||0|
11/2020 – 04/2021
11/2020 – 02/2021
11/2020 – 12/2020
11/2020 – 12/2020
COVID-19 vaccination status: May 6
|First doses administered||Second doses administered||Total vaccine doses administered|
*Total vaccine administered is updated as regularly as possible but might be lower than actual count.
Testing stats to date: May 6
|Community||Tests Positive||Tests Negative|
|Traveler Type||Guests in Isolation as of May 5|
Traveller repatriation summary:
|Departure Date||# of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites|
|May 6, 2021||77|
|May 7, 2021||55|
|May 8, 2021||10|
|May 9, 2021||15|
|May 10, 2021||53|
Critical Worker Requests:
As of May 5, there were 15,985 requests, 7,943 of which were critical worker requests.
|Approved (includes critical and non-critical)||12,230||76.5%|
|Common Travel Area||2927||18.3%|
Department of Justice Services
New developments in programs/ services:
Ten inmates have tested positive for COVID 19. All staff and inmates at the affected facilities have been tested for COVID-19 and contact tracing with the Department of Health is ongoing. There are currently 19 staff members who are isolating at home as a precaution.
All other correctional facilities remain operational.
All inmates are confined to their dorms to isolate.
Additional safety measures are being taken in both affected facilities, including enhanced use of personal protective equipment.
Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:
All access to Makigiarvik and Baffin Correctional Centre has been limited to staff and inmates only.
Department of Education Services
The following stages continue to be in effect:
- Stage 4 – Schools in Kinngait and Iqaluit.
- Stage 3 – Schools in the Qikiqtani region except Sanikiluaq, Kinngait, 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 Kinngait and 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 email@example.com.
Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:
Kinngait and 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
Kinngait and Iqaluit childcare facilities are closed until further notice.
Department of Economic Development and Transportation Services
Iqaluit Motor Vehicles
The Iqaluit Motor Vehicles office has modified their operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Essential motor vehicle services are available in-person by appointment or remotely through phone at 867-975-7840, email at MotorVehicles@gov.nu.ca and the motor vehicles website at www.gov.nu.ca/motor_vehicles.
Visit www.gov.nu.ca/motor_vehicles to download application forms for these services:
- General Identification Card: Renewals, and Replacements.
- Requests for Driver’s Abstracts, Vehicle Searches, and Accident Reports.
- Driver’s Licence: Renewals, Upgrades, Downgrades and Replacements.
- Vehicle Registration: Renewals, Replacements, Transfers, and New Vehicles.
The following non-essential motor vehicle services are not available until further notice:
- Driver’s examinations.
- Licence transfers from other jurisdictions.
- Photo replacements (if previous photo is more than 6 years old).
- First time issuance of driver’s licences and general identification cards.
The Small Business Support Program
The Small Business Support Program is offering additional funding for small businesses in Nunavut who continue to be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Non-repayable funding of up to $5,000 is available to subsidise eligible business expenses including insurance or licensing fees, office rentals, utilities or non-refundable business expenses for goods that are unusable due to the pandemic.
All types of small businesses are encouraged to apply including artists, craftspeople, retailers, tourism operators, and harvesters. Businesses or entrepreneurs with less than $500,000 in gross sales or fewer than ten employees are eligible for funding.
Applicants must submit a completed application package that includes:
- Small Business Support Program Relief Form
- Small Business Support Program Application Form
- A short explanation of how the business has been affected by the pandemic.
For more information and assistance with applying, visit www.gov.nu.ca/sbsp and contact your local Community Economic Development Officer or Regional Economic Development Manager.
Department of Environment Services
The Department of Environment continues to provide services Nunavut-wide as usual, following recommended public health measures.
The department will continue to respond to problem wildlife and spills:
- For wildlife response in Kinngait, call 867-897-0123 (RCMP), 24 hours a day.
- For wildlife response in Iqaluit, call 867-222-0167, 24 hours a day.
- All spills are to be reported to the Nunavut Spill Line at 867-920-8130, 24 hours a day: https://www.gov.nu.ca/environment/documents/spill-response.
The wildlife office and park visitor centre in Kinngait, and the wildlife office and parks office in Iqaluit are closed to the public until further notice.
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.