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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Nunavut shuts Taloyoak school, declares vaccination hospital schedule


Key takeaways: 

  • Netsilik Ilihakvik school shut till at least Feb. 7.
  • The only school in Taloyoak, Nunavut, has been shut till at least Feb. 7 by the region’s chief public health officer. 

Taloyoak school closed in Nunavut: 

In a news release published late Thursday afternoon, Dr. Michael Patterson declared the shutdown of the Netsilik Ilihakvik School because contact tracing had “recognized an advanced threat of vulnerability to the student population.” Source –

Anyone reached by public health has been told to watch for symptoms — watery nose, cough, sore throat, fever, or problem breathing — and if symptoms grow, they’ve been requested to contact the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-975-8601. 

Several schools in the region have been open at half capacity since the previous week.

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Nunavut closes down Taloyoak school

Before this week, the neighborhood of Igloolik was placed under severe health efforts, including a ban on visiting in homes and a limit of five people for outdoor gatherings. 

At a press conference, Thursday morning Health Minister John Main encouraged individuals to get vaccinated. Although he emphasized it was a personal preference, he also stated that individuals shouldn’t be fooled by operating radio and social media to “spread falsehoods” regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. Source –

The region also declared a schedule for second dose hospitals for five to 11-year-olds. The double dose is open to kids who got their first dose at least eight weeks back.

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