Boredom and Covid-19 fatigue are factors in the continuing rise in Covid cases in Arivat, which climbed by 12 as of Monday, according to chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson. The community now has 33 active cases.

“It’s vital that anyone in isolation stay home until they have been cleared by the public health team. There cannot be exceptions; it’s up to each of us to keep one another healthy and safe,” said Patterson. “Please hold on and stay committed, and ensure you get vaccinated if you’re able.”

Nunavut chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson. NNSL file photo

Despite the alarming rise in infections, community transmission has not been identified in Arviat, and all cases continue to be linked to household transmission, according to the Department of Health.

All individuals who have contracted the coronavirus are doing well and are isolating at home, the department stated on Monday.

Contract tracing is ongoing in Arviat. Travel to and from the community remains restricted, unless for emergency or essential purposes.

As of Feb. 22, Arviat testing has yielded 2,213 negative tests.

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

To date, 6,977 Nunavummiut have received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine. Vaccine clinics in the territory are ongoing.

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.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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