“More than 100 days after the first Covid-19 case in Arviat, fatigue and boredom are becoming real factors in our ability to limit the spread of the virus,” says Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer.

Boredom and Covid-19 fatigue are factors in the continuing rise in Covid cases in Arivat, which climbed by 12 as of Monday, according to chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson. The community now has 33 active cases.

“It’s vital that anyone in isolation stay home until they have been cleared by the public health team. There cannot be exceptions; it’s up to each of us to keep one another healthy and safe,” said Patterson. “Please hold on and stay committed, and ensure you get vaccinated if you’re able.”

Despite the alarming rise in infections, community transmission has not been identified in Arviat, and all cases continue to be linked to household transmission, according to the Department of Health.

All individuals who have contracted the coronavirus are doing well and are isolating at home, the department stated on Monday.

Contract tracing is ongoing in Arviat. Travel to and from the community remains restricted, unless for emergency or essential purposes.

As of Feb. 22, Arviat testing has yielded 2,213 negative tests.

Arviammiut who want to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can call their health centre for an appointment.

To date, 6,977 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing.

Anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to Covid-19 is advised to call the Covid-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days
Please do not go to the health centre in person.

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  1. People now saying its only spreading within the house and not community. I dare them to do contact tracing and prove thats false. Some gatherings and games you guys play at stores. Coughing, touching stuff at stores, exchanging foods and clothes, acting like this virus is nothing. Should just cut Arviat off from the world except for foods/essentails, no passenger planes allowed to leave and no medical travel just to leave town or escort.

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