Nunavut’s capital declared a state of emergency Monday and Yellowknife within the neighbouring N.W.T. closed its faculties as information instances of COVID-19 sprang up in each territories.
Iqaluit, a metropolis of about 8,000 folks, had 81 of Nunavut’s 85 energetic instances.
Council voted unanimously to declare the native emergency beginning at midnight to provide town authority below its Emergency Measures Act to implement public well being order.
“Given the seriousness with the state of affairs with neighborhood transmission of COVID-19 in Iqaluit, I’ll make a movement to declare a state of native emergency,” Iqaluit metropolis Coun. Kyle Sheppard mentioned.
It additionally permits town to “take further measures to help the weak inhabitants,” a information launch said.
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Over the weekend, Iqaluit’s “low-barrier” shelter, often 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 folks can keep.
Iqaluit reported its first an infection on April 14, however the territory’s chief public well being officer has mentioned the virus is prone to have already got been within the metropolis per week earlier than that.
Final week, well being officers confirmed COVID-19 instances in Iqaluit’s jails and medical boarding dwelling.
Town has been below a strict lockdown that features faculty 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. In consequence, all faculties in Yellowknife had 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, mentioned earlier within the day that many of the instances had been kids. Well being officers had been investigating how the virus entered the college and had been working to find out whether or not the instances are associated to an earlier cluster within the metropolis in April.
Kandola mentioned whereas the N.W.T. is “on the point of neighborhood unfold,” all instances have thus far been linked to the outbreak on the faculty.
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The N.W.T. additionally mentioned it’s working to finalize a cope with British Columbia to get doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in trade for doses of Moderna so teenagers will be vaccinated.
Solely the Moderna vaccine is accessible within the N.W.T. and Nunavut, and it isn’t but accepted for anybody below 18.
Given the COVID-19 scenario within the N.W.T., Nunavut’s chief public well being officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, suspended the widespread 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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