Story continues below. Another case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in western Nunavut to add to the territory’s three other infections. All schools in the Kivalliq have been moved to stage four of the Department of Education’s COVID-19 response plan, meaning no students are to attend in person. Nunavut, which has a population of around 39,000, recorded its first COVID-19 infection at the beginning of this month. Patterson announced eight more cases of COVID-19 — six in Arviat and two in Rankin Inlet — bringing the territory’s total to 26 cases. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said earlier this week that schools, businesses and workplaces could reopen. Patterson added that anyone who left Arviat on or since Nov. 2 is asked to immediately isolate for 14 days wherever they are. That changed on Nov. 6 when the first case was recorded. Nunavut reports 34 new COVID-19 infections, more than doubling tot... 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Arviat remains the community most affected by reported cases with eight new cases, for a total of 115. Until early November, Canada’s sparsely populated Nunavut territory was among the few inhabited places on the planet that had not seen a single case of COVID … The shields That brings the total in Arviat to 46. Nunavut’s Health Department said Tuesday that an additional 26 cases have been confirmed in Arviat, a community of about 2,800 in western Nunavut. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut’s two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. Subscribe to CityNews Toronto newsletters, I understand that I can withdraw my consent at any time. There are now 60 active cases in the territory. He said the territory-wide lockdown is necessary to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. The local radio station is also hosting games for people to play along with at home. Nunavut’s 39,000 residents are spread over a fifth of Canada’s landmass, in 25 fly-in communities. By checking this box, I agree to the terms of service and privacy policy of Rogers Media. Nunavut had been free of COVID-19 until two weeks ago. There are four cases in Rankin Inlet, north of Arviat, and two in Sanikiluaq, on the other side of the Hudson Bay. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said earlier this week that schools, businesses and workplaces could reopen. 333 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario M4W 1G9 © 2002-2020 Rogers Media. We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Enter your email below and we'll send you another email. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut is shutting down for two weeks starting today to try to get cases of COVID-19 under control. Patterson said people currently staying in isolation hubs can still safely return home after their stays, but also have the option to stay longer if they choose. Are 'Circuit Breaker' Lockdowns The Best Way To Slow The Spread Of COVID-19? Nunavut's Health Department said Tuesday that an additional 26 cases have been confirmed in Arviat, a community of about 2,800 in western Nunavut. The government also strongly advises against non-essential travel. COVID-19 cases in Nunavut have more than doubled with 34 new infections. It’s prompted the chief public health officer to close the Kivalliq region’s schools, make masks mandatory in public and restrict flights starting Sunday. Arviat confirmed its first case of COVID … I’m very grateful for the people of Arviat who are listening to the guidelines.”. Arviat’s mayor, Joe Savikataaq Jr., who is also the premier’s son, said it was “shocking” to hear of the first case in his community last week. Small boats make their way through the Frobisher Bay inlet in Iqaluit on Aug. 2, 2019. {* traditionalSignIn_signInButton *}, {* backButton *} Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, said earlier this week that schools, businesses and workplaces could reopen. We’ve been ready for this. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Health centres are closed except for emergencies and the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit is not accepting walk-ins. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut’s chief public health officer has ordered a two-week shutdown, starting Wednesday, of non-essential businesses and schools in the territory due to the spread of COVID-19. Nunavut is ordering a two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses and schools due to the spread of COVID-19. In a press conference at the Allavvik Building this afternoon, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson said, despite there being no cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, this decision is an effort to preserve the health of Nunavummiut. Nunavut’s first confirmed case of Covid-19 was identified on 6 November, but that number has since ballooned as public health officials uncover evidence of community transmission. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 16, 2020. After managing to avoid a single case since the first infection was identified in Canada in January, Nunavut reported its first COVID-19 patient on Nov. 6. Nunavut’s chief public health officer has ordered a two-week shutdown, starting Wednesday, of school and non-essential in the territory due to the spread of COVID-19. Get caught up on the day's top stories and videos, along with the weather webcast and what's in store for CityNews Tonight at 11 p.m. and tomorrow on Breakfast Television. 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After two cases were later deemed false positives, Nunavut remained the only province or territory in Canada with no confirmed COVID … The Nunavut government is planning on opening schools with no physical distancing measures this fall, as long as the territory continues to be COVID-19 free. Nunavut’s 39,000 residents are spread over a fifth of Canada’s landmass, in 25 fly-in communities. Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. Overall, Nunavut has 75 active cases of COVID-19, while 123 cases are now considered recovered. Everyone is following the rules. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut’s two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, says this second round of restrictions is likely to be lifted in regions with no cases of COVID-19 as of Dec. 2. Since then, in not quite two weeks, four different communities have reported infections and as of Tuesday there were a total of 60 active cases in Nunavut. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said earlier this week that schools, businesses and workplaces could reopen. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. He also confirmed there is community transmission in Arviat, and it will take “one to two weeks” to know if restrictions put in place in the community last week have been effective in stopping the spread. Day-care centers will open, but schools will remain closed — a much more cautious approach than has been taken in hard-hit provinces. Please contact us. Privacy Policy. WATCH: Pandemic fires are burning across the country: Tam. There are now 74 COVID-19 cases in four of those communities; Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Whale Cove. Since March, Nunavut travel restrictions have mandated anyone who leaves the territory complete a 14-day isolation stay at a hotel in southern Canada before flying back. The government says the mandatory restrictions are to begin Wednesday. “Don’t let the numbers get to you. Please confirm the information below before signing up. COVID-19 cases in Nunavut have more than doubled with 34 new infections. Another case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in western Nunavut to add to the territory’s three other infections. 5:11 a.m.: Nunavut is shutting down for two weeks starting today to try to get cases of COVID-19 under control. Dr. Michael Patterson says an Arviat resident … Child care centres must also close to all children except for those of essential workers. It’s prompted the chief public health officer to close the Kivalliq region’s schools, make masks mandatory in public and restrict flights starting Sunday. There are now 74 COVID-19 cases in four of those communities; Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Whale Cove. Mother Battling COVID-19 In Induced Coma After Emergency C-Section. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public We’ve been expecting this and we’re prepared for it,” Savikataaq Jr. told The Canadian Press. B.C. Schools, non-essential businesses, libraries, fitness centres, government offices and personal services are closed, Health centres are closed except for emergencies and the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit is not accepting walk-ins, Nunavut went into a similar shutdown in March. Gatherings will be restricted to five people and “there shall be no gatherings in homes,” Patterson said. After months of no Covid-19 cases in its communities, the Canadian territory of Nunavut is entering a two-week coronavirus lockdown. “I’m remaining as calm as possible. https://globalnews.ca/news/7469085/nunavut-coronavirus-lockdown IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. Subscribe to Getting There: Innovation in Education; First Name. Get breaking news, weather and traffic stories in your inbox 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. An error has occurred while trying to update your details. In total, there was $49 million spent on unbudgeted spending to prepare and slow down the pandemic. Nunavut’s chief public health officer has ordered a two-week shutdown, starting Wednesday, of school and non-essential in the territory due to the spread of COVID-19.. Dr. Michael Patterson said Monday all health centres will close except for emergency services and all visits to long-term care centres will be restricted. Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ontario schools report 166 new school COVID-19 cases Nunavut’s COVID-19 active case count climbed to 128 Sunday as 21 new cases were confirmed, the territory’s health department said in a news release Sunday. He says the territory's capacity to deal with an outbreak of COVID-19 is stretched and that's why the government has shut down business, schools and … All schools and daycares territory-wide are closing for three weeks, effective this Tuesday. Nunavut's two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. finance minister schedules economic and fiscal update, As vulnerable youth face CERB clawbacks, Trudeau says Liberals looking over options, Hearing today for N.B. The lockdown that shuttered all schools and non-essential businesses was put in place on Nov. 18 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in the territory early … There are now 60 active cases in the territory. Last week, the territory announced four infections in the western community of Arviat. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 was lifted in almost all communities Wednesday as the territory had more recovered than active cases for … “There’s almost no one out in the streets. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. The masks, donated by the Canadian Shield, are being stored in Iqaluit as part of the government’s preparation for possible outbreaks of COVID-19 in the territory while school’s in session. There are now 60 active cases in the territory. In the Northwest Territories, four more cases of the illness have been confirmed -- all related to the same household in Fort Smith. These schools are thriving during COVID–all due to hard work. Canada's remote Arctic territory of Nunavut is suffering its first community outbreak of COVID-19 and will close all non-essential services, as well as schools, for at least two weeks, officials said on Monday. The COVID-19 pandemic in Nunavut is an ongoing viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a novel infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). “It certainly is very suspicious that it’s linked to the hubs or to something that happened while exiting the hubs. Read full article. The government says the mandatory restrictions are to begin Wednesday. Let’s be vigilant and help each other,” he said. Recreation centres will be closed and all sporting activities are to be suspended. COVID-19 Facts Symptoms. IQALUIT — It has been just over two weeks since Nunavut declared its first case of COVID-19, but it’s still unknown how 109 people were infected so quickly in the territory. And he will evaluate the effectiveness of the new restrictions on Dec. 2. “We have concern that COVID-19 may spread to additional communities.”. Patterson said public health and rapid response teams deployed in all three communities “are working around the clock to trace and test in efforts to track and contain the virus.”. The department knows the importance of school to students’ physical and mental health and we will continue to support students over the coming months. No one is above the rules here,” Premier Joe Savikataaq said. Nunavut announced 11 new COVID-19 cases in the territory Wednesday. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's chief public health officer says capacity to deal with an outbreak of COVID-19 is "stretched," which is why the government has shut down the territory for two weeks to try to get cases of COVID-19 under control.The territory reported its first case Nov. 6 and the total has jumped to 70 in less than two weeks.Dr. Canada Covid cases rise, Nunavut to enter lockdown. Nunavut’s Health Department … IQALUIT, NUNAVUT -- Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday as more people infected with COVID-19 recover. That number jumped to 14 on Sunday. Nunavut’s two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. All schools and non-essential businesses are closed, as are libraries, fitness centres, government offices and personal services as Nunavut tries to get cases of COVID-19 under control OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's remote Arctic territory of Nunavut is suffering its first community outbreak of COVID-19 and will close all non-essential services, as well as schools… THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick, {* backButton *} Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Be the first to know! How one district changed the rules to help its schools not just survive, but thrive, in “the new normal” brought on by COVID-19. By Kevin Hogan November 24th, 2020 . “While Rankin Inlet has successfully flattened the COVID-19 curve, I ask residents there to remain strict in their commitment to continue on this path and follow the current public health restrictions,” said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, in a news release. The government says the mandatory restrictions are to begin Wednesday. Nunavut is ordering a two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses and schools due to the spread of COVID-19. {* createAccountButton *}, You may have created a profile with another. Michael Patterson said Monday all health centres will close except for emergency services and all visits to long-term care centres will be restricted. The lockdown that shuttered all … Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has declared a state of public health emergency in the territory in relation to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Enter your email address to get a new one. Sorry we could not verify that email address. Savikataaq Jr. said free hand sanitizer is available at all stores in town. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday as more people infected with COVID-19 recover. IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut’s two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. Nunavut, which has a population of around 39,000, recorded its first COVID-19 infection at the beginning of this month. Nunavut’s two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to end today as the territory continues to see a drop in new cases. Another case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in western Nunavut to add to the territory’s three other infections. Nunavut went into a similar shutdown in March Nunavut is shutting down for two weeks starting Wednesday to try to get cases of COVID-19 under … Nunavut now has 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than double what the territory reported on Monday. You have activated your account, please feel free to browse our exclusive contests, videos and content. 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Nunavut had been coronavirus-free until Nov. 6, when the territory’s first case was announced. {* legalAcceptanceAcceptButton *}, {* backButton *} Just 12 days after the first case was announced, Nunavut had a total of 70 confirmed COVID-19 infections. Nunavut is shutting down for two weeks starting Wednesday to try to get cases of COVID-19 under control. Nunavut went into a similar shutdown in March, but restrictions were lifted over the summer because the territory hadn’t had any cases. Copyright © 2020 HuffPost.com, Inc. "HuffPost" is a registered trademark of HuffPost.com, Inc. All rights reserved. The timing is in that area. Symptoms include: fever; cough COVID-19 could hit Nunavut harder than elsewhere, says territory's top doctor All Nunavut schools and daycares to close for three weeks Why some are going on the land amid COVID-19 fears IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut’s chief public health officer says capacity to deal with an outbreak of COVID-19 is “stretched,” which is why the government has shut down the territory for … Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, speaks at a news conference in Iqaluit on November 6, 2020. More COVID-19 cases found in North; Nunavut shuts some schools, mandates masks 2020-11-13 Top doc says rural COVID-19 rising, but Kenney says cities focus of any new rules Nunavut Orders School And Business Closures As COVID-19 Cases Spike The premier is calling it a "circuit-breaker" lockdown. The territory, which had no cases until early November, will enter a mandatory two-week period of restrictions to try to limit further spread of the virus. The school reopening plan will likely be announced on Monday, Patterson said. IQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday as more people infected with COVID-19 recover. In total, there was $49 million spent on unbudgeted spending to prepare and slow down the pandemic. Your existing password has not been changed. This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. IQALUIT, NUNAVUT -- Nunavut's two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 was lifted in almost all communities Wednesday as the territory had more recovered than active cases for the first time. “Think of it as a circuit breaker, a chance to reset. All schools and non-essential businesses are closed, as are libraries, fitness centres, government offices and personal services. Nunavut's two-week lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 … Nunavut is ordering a two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses and schools due to the spread of COVID-19. More COVID-19 cases found in North; Nunavut shuts some schools, mandates masks. {* forgotPassword_sendButton *}, {* backButton *} Get the top stories emailed every day. By: Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press Posted: 11/13/2020 1:02 PM | Last Modified: 11/13/2020 4:24 PM But where exactly it happened ... we don’t know yet.”. Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said earlier this week that schools, businesses and workplaces could reopen. Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Rogers Media uses cookies for personalization, to customize its online advertisements, and for other purposes. 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