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Twelve new active cases of COVID-19 in Iqaluit today

Seven additional people have made recoveries
File photo of the city of Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital, taken April 16. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

There are now 74 active cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut as 12 new active cases and seven recoveries were reported by the Government of Nunavut (GN) May 13, all of which are in Iqaluit. This is up from 69 reported cases the day before.

As per public health orders, all individuals travelling from Iqaluit must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in another community. People are also advised to call the COVID hotline for concerns of exposure or if they develop symptoms.

There have been 137 recoveries since this outbreak began last month.

16,569 Nunavummiut have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 13,080 are now fully vaccinated.

On May 10, the Department of Health updated its COVID-19 vaccination page to include percentage intakes for each individual community, these statistcs, however, go by July 1, 2020 population estimates and any population changes since then are not reflected in final counts.

The vaccine uptake for the capital as of May 10 is 5,016 for first doses, and 3,343 for second doses. The amount of people 18-and-up who are fully vaccinated stands at 55 per cent.

Communities with the lowest reported vaccination intake include Igloolik with a 34 per cent second dose rate and Kugaaruk with 39 per cent of residents getting their second shot.

The communities with the highest vaccination rate include Resolute Bay with 83 per cent of residents having received their second dose and Cambridge Bay with a 64 per cent second dose rate.

Nunavut-wide rates currently average 52 per cent of people fully vaccinated. Qikiqtani stands at 50 percent, Kitikmeot with 52 per cent and Kivalliq at 55 per cent.