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COVID-19 GN Update - September 21, 2020

21 September 2020

COVID-19 GN Update

There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The two confirmed positive cases at Hope Bay mine and the confirmed case at Mary River mine will be counted in the individuals’ home jurisdictions.

The total number of persons followed to date is 2745. There are 441 persons currently being followed.

For the past six months, we as a territory have worked hard to protect ourselves and each other, let us continue to make the efforts that will keep our communities and families safe.

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

Isolation Volumes

Total (All Health Isolation Locations) 
Traveler Type Guests in isolation as of Sept 21
Medical 336
Public 382
Total 786

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure date  # of travellers from Health Isolation Sites
19-Sep 0
20-Sep 21
21-Sep 87
22-Sep 35
23-Sep 68
Total 211

Critical Worker Requests

As of Sept. 19, there were 5875 requests, 2831 of which were critical worker requests.

Request status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 4137 70.4%
Denied 259 4.4%
Pending 125 2.1%
Common Travel Area 1352 23.0%
Total 5875 100%

Mental health services

• Overall Mental Health and Addictions services are seeing people face to face throughout Nunavut.
• Due to the numbers in Iqaluit and to maintain physical distancing, clients are given the option for phone or face to face.
• Clients sent out of territory for services remains limited based on the receiving facilities’ protocols.
• Psychiatry clinics are not yet face to face, but available through video or phone. This is dependent on the contracted hospitals’ protocols.

Department of Community and Government Services

Requests to enter the territory for construction related projects or to travel within the territory for construction related projects can be emailed to

Construction workers who completed isolation to date: 1502


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.