Health Minister Lorne Kusugak during the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) Friday Covid-19 update spoke about the importance of staying home and not visiting each other during the outbreak in Nunavut.

On Friday Health Minister Lorne Kusugak (center) urged Arviatmuit to ‘please stop visiting’ and ‘please stop allowing visitors to your house’. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

“The people you have visited yesterday, they might have been very healthy, but if they have contracted the virus since then and you visit them, you will now be in contact with it and bring it to the next house you go to.”

Kusugak also stressed people to stop others from going inside their homes.

“This is very serious, please stop visiting, please stop allowing visitors to your house. You know who you are, if you’ve been told you have the virus and that you’ve tested positive, please stop people in your house from visiting.

“It’s very simple.”

Currently there are 56 active cases of Covid-19 in Nunavut, all within Arviat, with 16 new cases being identified today.

“Arviammuit have endured a lot of pain and a lot of hardship over the years, some of it a lot harder than what they’re going through right now,” Kusugak said, adding that “they overcame all those obstacles, you can overcome this, unite and fight it together, you have our support.”

He adds that health workers in the community as well as across the country are feeling the strain Covid-19 has put on them while endeavouring to keep the spread of the virus under control.

“They are getting tired, so too are many, many caregivers across the country. Help them by helping yourself, stop going out and stop people from coming to your house,” said Kusugak.

Wait two weeks and this will be done.”

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  1. How do you know it is from visiting? What about the people who are living in over crowded houses and getting infected that way because they have no where else to go. We are staying home as requested. Please refrain from making public statements until you know the facts and the conditions a lot of people are faced with in fighting Covid 19.

    1. The thing is, some people are clearly NOT getting it from people they live with. That’s what they mean by community transmission.

  2. There been reports from us locals people seen it ..wish we will heal all and have a a least happy Christmas 2020..people visiting late at night victims healing are shopping.. This has to stop . we just have keep to calm ..we want to heal radio comments are very helpful now in local radio..this is our communication..very helpful news are on-air..god bless..lets work together.🙏

  3. You have to be inside the war zone to know exactly what is going on and how we are doing, we are fighting this together as a community. Housing shortage is one of the main problems so I hope it will be looked into in the near future. The majority of Arviarmiut are listening and doing what higher authorities are telling us to do, our Mayor is very intelligent, strong and supportive in this crucial experiment we are going through. (Way to go Joe Jr., very proud of you) Elders in particular are giving much needed advice, people know and are not visiting around as suspected by outsiders. We also thank Inuit from other communities for your support and prayers. Arviat is one of the strongest faith believing communities in Nunavut so this is just a test on how strong we are, keep up the good work Arviat.

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