Regional Covid-19 Resources and On Reserve Stats by Region Below - Black = Cases, Green = Recovered, Red = Deaths - Updated Daily
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151 | 02 | 30
AB
288 | 01 | 53
SK
96 | 04 | 00
MB
20 | 00 | 00
ON
70 | 02 | 22
QC
47 | 01 | 44
ATL
00 | 00 | 00
YT
00 | 00 | 00
NWT
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NU Government: COVID-19 Department of Health Services update

Press Release

September 8, 2020

Good morning,

This past weekend marked the end of the14-day period for the 24 people identified as contacts of a positive case of COVID 19 at the Ottawa Residence Inn. With the two-week period concluded, there is no longer a concern that those individuals contracted the virus.

These past weeks we have continued to improve our capacity for in-territory testing. The Biofire device in Iqaluit is now operating alongside the GeneXpert machine. Aside from the need to have increased testing capacity in-territory, we also need to improve the turn around time for test results. This week, the Department of Health is starting a pilot project using charter aircraft to transport COVID-19 samples from Baffin communities to Iqaluit. The goal is to have a system in place that will reduce the test results turn around time to five days or less. Once the system is in place and working, we will begin the same process in Rankin Inlet.

Increased in-territory testing capacity combined with shorter turnaround times for tests results, will give us more flexibility with our public health measures and improve our response in case of an outbreak. However, testing is not enough.

As most people know, the Public Health strategy for minimizing the risks of COVID-19 entering and spreading in the territory relies on several measures. Testing is just one component. Physical distancing, good hygiene like washing our hands, staying home when sick and in the isolation hubs, work in tandem with testing and should not be underestimated.

We should also keep in mind that our public health measures are effective only because Nunavummiut, individually and collectively, follow them. We have been effective so far in reducing the risks because each and everyone of us made the conscious choice to adopt and include these measures in our daily lives. Every time we choose to ignore these measures, the risk increases.

While the risk can never be zero, we know that these measures are working. Nunavut remains COVID-free. We have seen decreases in respiratory illnesses this year across the territory. It is therefore vital that, individually and collectively, we continue to make the choice to follow public health measures and remain active participants in protecting our families and communities.

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

Public Health Emergency

The Public Health Emergency was extended on Sept. 3 to and is in effect until Sept. 17.

Isolation Volumes

Total (All Isolation Locations)

Traveler Type

Guests in Isolation as of Sept. 7

Medical

345

Public

335

Total

680

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date

# of Travellers from Isolation Sites

07-Sep

54

08-Sep

66

09-Sep

65

Critical Worker Requests

As of Sept. 7, there are 5244 requests, 2604 of which are critical worker requests.

Request Status

#

%

Approved (includes critical and non-critical)

3782

72.1%

Denied

246

4.7%

Pending

79

1.5%

Common Travel Area Approved

1137

21.7%

Total

5244

100%

Department of Health Services, August 17, 2020

Calling Ahead at Health Centres

Unless you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call your health centre first before going in. Describe your symptoms, and health care providers can conduct a telephone assessment and may schedule in-person appointments for appropriate care.

Wearing Masks at Health Centres

If you are presenting at a health centre with respiratory symptoms like coughing, sneezing, or a runny nose, please wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, please tell whoever receives you at the health centre of your symptoms, and they can provide you with one.

Common Travel areas (NWT/Churchill)

Nunavummiut travelling between the NWT and Nunavut or Churchill and Nunavut no longer have to isolate under certain conditions. However, those travelling out of Nunavut into a common travel area must obtain a letter of exemption from the Chief Public Health Officer to return to the territory. Airlines will not allow anyone to board an aircraft without a letter of authorization from the CPHO. To obtain the letter, contact [email protected] prior to travelling. Common travel area rules are as follows:

  • Travel must originate from Nunavut to the NWT/Churchill, or from the NWT/Churchill to Nunavut.
  • Travellers have not been outside the Common Travel Areas for two weeks prior to their travel to NWT, Churchill or Nunavut.
  • Travellers remain in the Common Travel Area for the duration of their stay.

Passengers travelling on scheduled flights between the Kitikmeot Region and any other part of Nunavut containing a stopover or change of aircraft in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, are exempt from the requirement to produce the proof of authorization.

Email for Travellers Returning to Nunavut

All travellers must submit an Isolation Reservation Request Form to [email protected] as soon as travel plans are known to ensure that the travel team can identify room availability and reserve stays in a designated isolation facility. More information can be found on the Department of Health website.

Isolation sites concern inbox

An email address is available to address concerns and comments from clients completing 14-day isolation in the Isolation Sites in Southern Canada. If you have questions, feedback or concerns regarding isolation, contact [email protected].

Volumes

Total (All Isolation Locations)

Traveler Type

Guests in Isolation as Aug. 16

Medical Travel

250

Public

470

Total

720

Traveller repatriation summary:

Departure Date

# of Travellers from Isolation Sites

Aug. 15

7

Aug. 16

22

Aug. 17

110

Aug. 18

32

Aug. 19

67

Critical Worker Requests

As of Aug.15, there are 4120 requests, 2219 of which are critical worker requests.

Request Status

#

%

Approved (includes critical and non-critical)

3122

75.8%

Denied

228

5.5%

Pending

48

1.2%

Common Travel Area Approved

722

17.5%

Total

4120

100%

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

Speciality clinics have been cancelled. Work is underway to determine which clients can be seen by phone/virtual care.

All non-essential travel for mental health clients and families are cancelled.  All non-essential travel for families visiting clients in care is cancelled.

Read More: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/news/covid-19-department-health-services-update

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