Canada’s Northern Territories have been good at flattening the COVID-19 Curve.
COVID-19 case have been very low in the Canada’s Northern Territories due to their remoteness. Today, Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, has confirmed a new case of COVID-19, in Arviat.
“The individual is currently outside the territory, is isolating and doing well. We have initiated contact tracing in Arviat and our Rapid Response Team is on standby to support should it become necessary,” said Dr. Patterson. “Out of an abundance of caution, beginning Sunday, November 15, all travel between Kivalliq communities will be restricted, with the exception of cargo and emergency travel.”
For the entire Kivalliq region, only essential services are to remain open with grocery stores implementing reduced hours. Indoor gatherings are no longer permitted, and all outdoor gatherings are limited to five people or less. Kivalliq residents are required to wear a mask while outside of their homes, stay at home as much as possible and limit contact with others, including family members not living in the same household.
“As we see the numbers of COVID cases rising throughout Canada, it’s critical we maintain our public health measures, act with caution and pay strict attention to our actions,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “To everyone in the Kivalliq, please know we are with you, we’re sending you strength and our government is ready to help. Stay well and care from one another safely.”
As many Canadian Provinces start to see the second wave of the virus spread, Nunavut and the other Northern Territories have flattened the curve.