Federal nurses, contact tracers on the way as Nunavut reports another death related to COVID-19

The federal government is providing Nunavut with three nurses and nine contact tracers to help handle the wave of COVID-19 that is spreading across the territory.

Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok announced the federal aid Tuesday during a live COVID-19 update.

Akeeagok also announced another Nunavut resident has died from COVID-19.

“My thoughts are with the family and the community,” he said.

No details were provided about the person who died. 

The territory now has 177 active cases of COVID-19 in 17 communities. 

Akeeagok and other officials gave an update on the COVID-19 situation in the territory Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. ET.

You can watch the update here, on our CBC Nunavut Facebook page or tune in to CBC North Radio One

On Monday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Patterson reduced the amount of time people have to isolate if they are exposed to COVID-19 or travel back to Nunavut.

The lockdown in Nunavut also lifted Monday, although masks are still mandatory in all communities and the territorial government is still discouraging non-essential travel.

On Monday afternoon, the Health Department announced it had finally caught up on reporting test results. The territory was working through a backlog of results last week that had led to unclear case counts.

There were 151 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut as of Monday. 

On Saturday, the territory reported it had detected a presumed case in Naujaat. The case was still being confirmed via testing. On Monday the territory reported there are now five confirmed cases in the hamlet.

As of Monday, the reported case count in the territory was as follows:

  • 32 in Arviat.
  • 25 in Baker Lake.
  • 4 in Cambridge Bay.
  • 1 in Chesterfield Inlet.
  • 12 in Coral Harbour.
  • 8 in Iqaluit.
  • 2 in Gjoa Haven.
  • 21 in Kinngait.
  • 2 in Kugaaruk.
  • 5 in Naujaat.
  • 2 in Pangnirtung.
  • 1 in Pond Inlet.
  • 17 in Rankin Inlet.
  • 2 in Sanirajak.
  • 11 in Sanikiluaq.
  • 3 in Taloyoak.
  • 3 in Whale Cove.

There are no longer any confirmed cases in Qikiqtarjuaq.

Health Minister John Main said earlier this month the government expects COVID-19 to spread to all Nunavut communities.

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