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Covid cases rise to 27 in Arviat

Covid-19 Coronavirus

Another six active cases of Covid-19 cropped up in Arviat as of Thursday, bringing the total active infections in the community to 27.

Nunavut's top doctor understands that pandemic fatigue may be setting in, but continues to urge people to keep their heads up.

"I understand how hard the last few months have been for Arviammiut and I know the rise in cases recently has been disheartening," said Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer.

He encouraged people in the community to continue to work hard towards stopping the spread of the virus.

"I also know that if we continue to work hard, pay strict attention to the public health measures and stay home, we can stop the spread of Covid-19," said Patterson. "Nunavummiut, if you have the opportunity to be vaccinated and have not yet, please make an appointment at your local health centre. This is our best defence right now."

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

To date, 6,850 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.

The territory's public health emergency has also been extended to March 4 by Nunavut Health Minister Lorne Kusugak.

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.