Nunavut Post

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The prompt spread of COVID-19 in Igloolik directs to stringent recent health measures


Key takeaways: 

  • ‘Effective instantly,’ no indoor meetings and latest isolation steps for travelers.
  • In a press release Monday evening, Igloolik is under stringent new public health measures in reaction to ‘the speed in which COVID-19 is spreading in the community,’ stated the territory’s chief public health officer. 

Igloolik’s covid cases climb up: 

With COVID-19 spreading fast in Igloolik, Nunavut, the territory’s chief public health officer, put stringent new measures on Monday evening, restricting outdoor groups to five individuals and placing a break to any indoor visiting unless it’s for critical or emergency services. 

“I am reacting to the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading in the community,” stated Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory’s chief public health officer, in a press release. “Effective instantly, we will be moving to our most rigorous public health measures in Igloolik, including banning non-essential travel to and from the community.” Source –

The community is residence to 1,685 individuals, according to 2016 census data.

Patterson’s press release called for any travelers who left the community since Jan. 17 to isolate instantly for seven days if they are vaccinated and ten days if they are not inoculated.

Schools will stay shut, but daycare facilities may open for kids of essential workers. 

All worship sites, libraries, and arenas are shut, and so are non-essential business and government offices.

Also read: Beer and wine outselling hard alcohol states Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission 

Igloolik’s covid cases climb, the region imposes strict measures

The rules also close long-term care facilities to visitors. 

Eateries may only open for takeout orders. 

Offline group counseling is also shut, and non-essential travel is crushed. 

Patterson and the territory’s premier, P.J. Akeeagok, will maintain the first of their twice-weekly press conferences on Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET.

The news release also suggested longer than regular wait times to get through to the COVID-19 hotline.

However, anyone forming COVID-19 symptoms – runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, or problem breathing – is requested to call 1-888-975-8601 and be patient.

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