One new active case of Covid-19 has been diagnosed in Arviat, the Government of Nunavut announced on Friday morning.

It’s the first new case in the territory since Dec. 28.

“There is no evidence of community transmission and the risk of the virus spreading is low,” chief public health officer Michael Patterson says of a new case of Covid-19 diagnosed in Arviat.
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The positive result was part of follow-up surveillance testing in response to the outbreak in the community, according to Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer.

“There is no evidence of community transmission and the risk of the virus spreading is low. For that reason the current public health measures in Arviat remain in place,” said Patterson.

The next vaccine clinics in Arviat resume Feb. 11-15. That is when residents would be able to get their second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine or their first, if they missed the initial community clinic.

“Today’s case shows us that we need to remain vigilant with all our public health measures. Covid is ever-present, and Nunavut and our communities are not exceptions,” said Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq. “Please continue to maintain physical distance and wear masks when you cannot, wash your hands frequently, stay home when you feel unwell and get vaccinated as soon as you’re able.”

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 to 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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