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Four new Covid cases in Arviat, but 'outbreak remains contained,' says top doctor

“As we continue to work to break transmission, I urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, to do so as soon as possible,” says chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson. NNSL file photo

Although four new Covid infections were detected as of Friday, raising Arviat's total number of active cases to 17, Nunavut's chief public health officer is offering assurances that the situation is under control.

“Despite the new cases, I want to assure all Nunavummiut that this outbreak remains contained, and the Moderna vaccine is proving effective,” said Dr. Michael Patterson. “As we continue to work to break transmission, I urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.”

Premier Joe Savikataaq added, “Now is not the time to make assumptions or hurtful comments about Covid-19 in Arviat. More than ever, we need to practise compassion, support and fostering positivity. The work the community has done over the last 112 days has been nothing short of incredible. Keep it up, Arviarmiut.”

As of March 5, Arviat 2,444 negative tests have been returned.

To date, 8,767 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine, and 5,144 Nunavummiut have received at least two doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing. Nunavummiut who are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can call their health centre for an appointment.

Anyone with 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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