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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Coral Harbour enters the list of Nunavut neighbourhoods fighting Omicron


Key takeaways: 

  • COVID-19 was seen in 15 of Nunavut’s 25 neighbourhoods, more spread anticipated.
  • Coral Harbour, on Nunavut’s Southampton Island north of Hudson Bay, has entered an extended list of communities fighting the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Coral Harbour joins the list of Nunavut’s 25 districts: 

Nunavut’s chief public health officer declared 35 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the region Friday, including an assumptive positive case in Coral Harbour. 

The latest numbers come one day after Dr Michael Patterson declared the territory will no longer confirm tests for COVID-19 in communities where the disease is known to be current and that anyone in a family with a positive case will be assumed positive. 

The move was developed to free up the health care team. It means case numbers no longer paint a precise picture of how many individuals in the territory have contracted the virus. 

The Department of Health will still confirm tests to confirm COVID-19 cases in communities that have not yet seen cases during the latest wave of the virus. 

That includes Coral Harbour, which witnessed its previous positive test in October of 2021. 

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Coral Harbour joins list of Nunavut’s neighbourhoods fighting Omicron

COVID-19 is currently present in Arviat, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Chesterfield Inlet, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kinngait, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Rankin Inlet, Sanikiluaq and Sanirajak. 

Cases have been seen but not verified in Coral Harbour and Whale Cove. 

In a report briefing Thursday, health officials stated they anticipate the Omicron variant of COVID-19 to get all 25 of the territory’s communities, and that they were inactive talks with federal officials on how to gain support. 

While the Omicron variant seems to result in rarer extreme cases of COVID-19, specialists are still concerned about the result on health care and other essential services as individuals isolate or manage with illness. 

Nunavut health officials intend to offer twice-weekly public briefings, on Tuesday and Thursday at 11 ET, beginning Jan. 11.

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