Nunavut Reports Its First COVID-19 Case Ever But "It Was Only A Matter Of Time"
The Premier doesn't want people to place blame.
This is a day nobody wanted to happen. A case of COVID-19 in Nunavut has been reported and it's the territory's first positive case ever. With this, the territory becomes the last place in Canada to report a confirmed case of the virus.
On April 30, it was announced that the first positive test for COVID-19 was confirmed by the territory.
Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's Chief Public Health Officer, confirmed that this case is someone from Pond Inlet, a community on Baffin Island.
"We did anticipate that it was only a matter of time before our territory had a confirmed case, and unfortunately today is that day," said Dr. Patterson.
Contact tracing in the community has been initiated and the rapid response team is on the way to Pond Inlet.
Once there, the team will provide care and necessary supports so that the situation can be managed.
The person who has tested positive is currently doing well and in isolation.
"There is no need to panic," said Premier Joe Savikataaq. "Nunavut has had time to prepare, and we are in a solid position to manage this."
The premier also asked people to not place blame or shame anyone because of this positive case.
All travel to and from Pond Inlet, including travel by land, is restricted except for cargo and emergency travel.
Up until this confirmation, all other provinces and territories except for Nunavut had reported cases of the virus.
Savikataaq also asked for people "to support communities and each other as we overcome COVID-19 in Nunavut."
During a press conference about the confirmed case, Savikataaq assured people that the territory will beat the virus.
On April 20, the Northwest Territories became the first place in Canada to have.
Yukon has 11 confirmed cases as of April 30 at 11:00 a.m. ET and hasn't reported any new ones since April 19.