COVID-19 GN Update – June 14, 2021

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COVID-19 GN Update – June 14, 2021

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Good morning. Premier Savikataaq is in a meeting this morning with his territorial Premier colleagues, so I’ll be filling in for this update.

We’re announcing no new cases today. There remain nine total active cases in the territory.

So far, 18,009 people in Nunavut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 15,808 are now fully vaccinated.

Premier wanted me to remind all Nunavummiut that the COVID-19 vaccines are our best protection against the virus, and that with the Pfizer clinics starting this week, he’s hoping parents make appointments for their 12-17 year old’s, as well as themselves if they haven’t been vaccinated already.

As you saw yesterday, Aqsarniit Middle School is open today for their cohort A students. Contact tracing is ongoing, and students and staff affected will be swabbed today. Depending on those results, we will determine how to proceed tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates on that.

I’m a parent, and I do understand concerns about the safety and well-being of our kids. However, a lot has changed over this school year and how we determine how to handle cases with the availability of vaccines, and evidence-based practices.

In other news, I’m pleased to let you know that the Chief Public Health Officer has worked closely with Agnico Eagle Mines to approve a protocol to have Nunavummiut employees from the Kivalliq return to work.

The return-to-work process will be voluntary to begin, and not all employees will return to site at the same time, to ensure a gradual approach.

Agnico Eagle Mines will be reaching out to their employees directly and hope to finalize their plans over the next two to 3 weeks.

To wrap up, I’ll end with what Premier always says at our updates: Mask up. Wash your hands often. Keep strict physical distance. Keep you bubbles small. Get vaccinated and now, help your teens get vaccinated too.

Stay kind and positive to one another. Do the right thing for yourself, your family and everyone around you. Take care and stay safe.

Chief Public Health Officer Update:

Good morning,

In Iqaluit, Public health continues to follow-up on the cases of COVID-19 that resulted in two exposure notices last week, as well as the new cases announced on Friday.

After extensive testing of contacts from staff and clients of the boarding home we have had no additional positive cases of the virus and there is no evidence of transmission at the boarding home. As a result, medical travellers can start going home as early as today.

We are also not aware of any transmission due to the emergency room exposure notice. We are contact tracing and asking people to get tested if they were there. Testing can be arranged by calling the COVID hotline, going to the cadet hall walk up clinic or the mobile testing unit around the city.

Regarding schools in Iqaluit, we are expecting test results from swabs taken from classmates and contacts of Cohort B students at Aqsarniit Illiniarvik. If any of these tests come back positive today, we will reassess the school opening in a manner that reduces risk and that allows students to continue their education.

The Department of Health does regular surveillance testing at the schools to help ensure we can track and contain the virus quickly.

This week, youth vaccines will start rolling out across the territory for youth ages 12 to 17. Youth who go to a clinic without a parent will be assessed by the nurse to ensure they are making an informed choice. If the nurse feels parental consent is required, the youth will be asked to come back with a parent. Appointments can be made by calling the health centres. Information on the clinics is also available on the GN website and posted on community social media pages.

Beginning today, individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to isolate after travel. This decision was not made lightly. It was taken based on the current evidence and is part of a gradual approach to easing measures that ensures the risks of introduction and spread of the virus are reduced so that we do not inadvertently create a situation where we have multiple outbreaks across the territory.

Our under 18 population is currently unvaccinated. As youth 12-17 get their vaccine and as more adults complete vaccination, the risk of getting and transmitting the virus will drop significantly. In addition, current public health measures including mandatory masks territory-wide will help to reduce risk.

Finally, I would like to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and I urge families to talk to youth about the vaccine so they can make an informed choice. Please make an appointment to get your vaccine, for the health of your family, friends and your community. The higher the uptake of the vaccine, the lower the risk and the better our chances to further ease restrictions and put an end to the threat of COVID-19.

Thank you.

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

Vaccine Clinic Schedule

Arctic Bay (Mass Clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 17 – 18 Health Centre Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
867-439-8873
2 July 14 – 16 Health Centre Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
867-439-8873
Arviat (Mass clinic)  
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Every Saturday starting June 19 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 867-857-3100
2 Every Saturday starting July 10 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 867-857-3100
Baker Lake (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 24 to 26 Community Arena Noon to 9 p.m. 867-793-2816
2 July 15 to 17 Community Arena Noon to 9 p.m. 867-793-2816
Cambridge Bay (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 28 to 30 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867 983-4500
2 July 21 – 23 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867 983-4500
Chesterfield Inlet
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 21 Health Centre 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 867-898-9968
Clyde River (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 15 to 17 Quluaq School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-924-6377
2 July 6 to 8 Quluaq School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-924-6377
Coral Harbour (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 22 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-925-9916
2 July 13 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-925-9916
Gjoa Haven (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 21 to 22 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-360-7741
2 July 15 to 16 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-360-7741
Grise Fiord
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 17 Health Centre Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 867-980-9923
Igloolik (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 16 to 18 Community Hall Noon to 9 p.m. 867-934-2100
2 July 7,8 &10 Community Hall Noon to 9 p.m. 867-934-2100
Iqaluit (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 16 to 19 Curling Rink (TBD) 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-in
2 July 14 to 17 Curling Rink (TBD) 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Walk-in
Kimmirut
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 18 Health Centre Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
867-939-2217
Kinngait (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 18, 19 and 21 Small Community Hall (sewing centre) Noon to 9 p.m. 867-897-8820
2 July 12 to 14 Small Community Hall (sewing centre) Noon to 9 p.m. 867-897-8820
Kugaaruk (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 18 to 19 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-769-6441
2 July 12 to 13 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-769-6441
Kugluktuk (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 July 5 and 6 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-982-4531
2 July 27 and 28 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-982-4531
Naujaat (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 16 and 17 Health Centre 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 867-462-9916
2 July 7 and 8 Health Centre 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. 867-462-9916
Pangnirtung (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 15 to 17 Community Hall/Hamlet Building Noon to 9 p.m. 867-473-8977
2 July 6 to 8 Community Hall/Hamlet Building Noon to 9 p.m. 867-473-8977
Pond Inlet (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 15 to 17 Nasivvik High School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-899-7500
2 July 6 to 8 Nasivvik High School Noon to 9 p.m. 867-899-7500
Qikiqtarjuaq
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 15 Health Centre Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5
867-927-8916
Rankin Inlet (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 22 Community Recreation Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-645-8070
2 July 13 Community Recreation Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-645-8070
Resolute Bay
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 17 Health Centre Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5
867-252-3844
Sanikiluaq
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 19 New Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-266-8965
2 July 10 New Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-266-8965
Sanirajak
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 Appointments start June 16 Health Centre Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5
867-928-8827
Taloyoak (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 24 to 25 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-561-5111
2 July 18 to 19 Health Centre 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 867-561-5111
Whale Cove (Mass clinic)
Dose # Date Location Time Number
1 June 19 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-896-9916
2 July 10 Health Centre Noon to 9 p.m. 867-896-9916

For information on upcoming vaccine clinics go to https://gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-vaccination.

COVID-19 case status: June 14

Total Tests Total confirmed cases Total active cases Total recovered cases Deaths Total persons followed Current persons followed
17,063 657 9 644 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 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 253 253 0 0 244 9
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 645 645 0 1 635 9

COVID-19 vaccination status: June 14

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 18,025 72% 15,169 62%
Qikiqtaaluk Region 20,822 13,359 10,564 79% 8,772 66%
Arctic Bay 946 530 391 74% 323 61%
Clyde River 1,192 688 503 73% 450 65%
Grise Fiord 140 96 81 84% 39 41%
Igloolik 1,987 1,094 543 50% 440 40%
Iqaluit 8,284 6,049 5,806 96% 4,873 81%
Kimmirut 427 265 199 75% 166 63%
Kinngait 1,547 923 534 58% 443 48%
Pangnirtung 1,631 1,008 689 68% 542 54%
Pond Inlet 1,794 1,031 662 64% 552 54%
Qikiqtarjuaq 651 421 250 59% 206 49%
Resolute Bay 218 136 197 145% 133 98%
Sanikiluaq 1,014 573 358 62% 287 50%
Sanirajak 1,000 545 351 64% 318 58%
Kivalliq Region 11,388 7,011 4,641 66% 3,985 57%
Arviat 2,918 1,696 1,273 75% 1,068 63%
Baker Lake 2,265 1,471 882 60% 722 49%
Chesterfield Inlet 453 287 208 72% 164 57%
Coral Harbour 973 554 283 51% 243 44%
Naujaat 1,270 648 371 57% 305 47%
Rankin Inlet 3,026 2,089 1,450 69% 1,350 65%
Whale Cove 483 266 174 65% 133 50%
Kitikmeot Region 7,143 4,508 2,820 63% 2,412 54%
Cambridge Bay 1,902 1,352 1,050 78% 946 70%
Gjoa Haven 1,398 836 434 52% 368 44%
Kugaaruk 1,180 650 320 49% 227 35%
Kugluktuk 1,517 1,000 586 59% 500 50%
Taloyoak 1,143 670 430 64% 371 55%

This information shows the number of doses given in a community as of June 14, 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 14

Community Tests Positive Tests Negative
Iqaluit 253 5024
Kinngait 7 200
Rankin Inlet 2 147
Arviat 339 2,883
Whale Cove 23 352
Rankin Inlet 19 339
Sanikiluaq 2 202
TOTAL 645 9,147

Isolation population:

Traveler Type Guests in Isolation as of June 14
Medical 306
Public 156
EMTI 34
Construction 50
Total 546

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date # of Travellers from Health Isolation Sites
June 12, 2021 36
June 13, 2021 31
June 14, 2021 75
June 15, 2021 72
June 16, 2021 47
Total 261

Critical Worker Requests:

As of June 14, there were 17,772 requests, 8,836 of which were critical worker requests.

Request Status # %
Approved (includes critical and non-critical) 13,958 78.5%
Denied 317 1.8%
Pending 570 3.2%
Common Travel Area 2,927 16.5%
Total 17,772 100%

Department of Education Services

New developments in programs/ services:

On Friday, June 11, 2021, the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) confirmed two positive cases of COVID-19 at Aqsarniit Illiniarvik. Both positive cases occurred through household transmission and there is no evidence of school transmission. These individuals were in Cohort B. Aqsarniit Illiniarvik is open today, Monday, June 14, for Cohort A students.

Based on the recommendation of the CPHO, all schools in Iqaluit, including Aqsarniit Illiniarvik, remain in Stage 3 on Monday, June 14.

The wearing of masks is mandatory in common areas of schools.

According to the CPHO, children and youth participating in school-based activities and organized sports programs are exempt from the Government of Nunavut’s territory-wide mandatory mask order that came into effect on Monday, June 14, 2021.

While there are exemptions for school-based activities, it is recommended that students over the age of 12 wear a mask at all times when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Ongoing services:

K-12 Schools

The following stages continue to be in effect:

  • Stage 3 – Schools in Iqaluit.
  • Stage 2 – Schools in Rankin Inlet and the Qikiqtani region, except Sanikiluaq 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 [email protected].

Department of Community and Government services

All isolation requests for construction worker are to be booked through [email protected]. 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 1,273
January 164
February 220
March 204
April 270
May 293
June 1 – June 6 122
May – Dec 2020 Total 2,183

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.

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