Nunavut’s capital declared a state of emergency Monday and Yellowknife within the neighbouring N.W.T. closed its colleges as information instances of COVID-19 sprang up in each territories.
Iqaluit, a metropolis of about 8,000 individuals, had 81 of Nunavut’s 85 energetic instances.
Council voted unanimously to declare the native emergency beginning at midnight to present town authority underneath its Emergency Measures Act to implement public well being order.
“Given the seriousness with the state of affairs with group transmission of COVID-19 in Iqaluit, I’ll make a movement to declare a state of native emergency,” Iqaluit metropolis Coun. Kyle Sheppard stated.
It additionally permits town to “take further measures to assist the weak inhabitants,” a information launch said.
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Over the weekend, Iqaluit’s “low-barrier” shelter, normally open from 8 p.m. to eight a.m. every day, closed in any case 4 workers went into isolation for COVID-19 and one examined optimistic. The shelter is the one devoted place within the metropolis the place intoxicated individuals can keep.
Iqaluit reported its first an infection on April 14, however the territory’s chief public well being officer has stated the virus is prone to have already got been within the metropolis every week earlier than that.
Final week, well being officers confirmed COVID-19 instances in Iqaluit’s jails and medical boarding dwelling.
Town has been underneath a strict lockdown that features college closures and journey restrictions since April 15.
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The Northwest Territories additionally tightened up its public well being measures Monday after an outbreak at N.J. Macpherson Faculty. Consequently, all colleges in Yellowknife have been closed indefinitely.
Officers reported 14 instances of confirmed COVID-19 and 6 possible instances late Monday.
The N.W.T.’s chief public well being officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, stated earlier within the day that many of the instances have been kids. Well being officers have been investigating how the virus entered the college and have been working to find out whether or not the instances are associated to an earlier cluster within the metropolis in April.
Kandola stated whereas the N.W.T. is “getting ready to group unfold,” all instances have thus far been linked to the outbreak on the college.
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The N.W.T. additionally stated it’s working to finalize a take care of British Columbia to get doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in trade for doses of Moderna so teenagers could be vaccinated.
Solely the Moderna vaccine is obtainable within the N.W.T. and Nunavut, and it isn’t but authorized for anybody underneath 18.
Given the COVID-19 state of affairs within the N.W.T., Nunavut’s chief public well being officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, suspended the frequent journey space between the 2 territories.
Till now, N.W.T. residents might enter Nunavut with out isolating. Efficient instantly, anybody travelling to Nunavut from the N.W.T. should isolate for 14 days in a delegated lodge earlier than coming into Nunavut.
There are some exceptions to the brand new order, together with important employees and medical vacationers.
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