Nunavut officials to provide update on COVID-19

Government of Nunavut officials are expected to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in the territory on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. ET.

Premier PJ Akeeagok, Chief Public Health Officer Dr Michael Patterson, Health Minister John Main and Education Minister Pamela Gross are all expected to appear for the update.

Watch it here on our CBC Nunavut Facebook page or tune into CBC North Radio One.

Patterson announced 35 new COVID-19 cases in the territory on Friday, including a presumptive positive case in Coral Harbor.

The day before, Patterson announced that in order to free up health resources, the territory would no longer check for COVID-19 tests in communities where the disease is known and said that anyone in a household with a positive case will be presumed positive.

The Department of Health will still check tests to confirm cases of COVID-19 in communities that have yet to see cases in the latest wave of the virus.

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

Cases have been detected but not confirmed in Coral Harbor and Whale Cove.

The territory is under lockdown until at least January 17.

People who suspect they have COVID-19 are urged to call the territory hotline, rather than visiting their local health center. The number is 1-888-975-8601.

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