Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until at least Sept. 17, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday.

“I ask that Nunavummiut remain vigilant and committed to practising the public health measures in place, and that everyone does their part to keep our communities safe,” says Health Minister George Hickes.
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“Headed into the fall, and as we continue our long-term planning for Covid-19, it is important that we continue a measured response to the pandemic,” said Hickes. “I ask that Nunavummiut remain vigilant and committed to practising the public health measures in place, and that everyone does their part to keep our communities safe.”

All existing measures under the public health emergency order remain in effect.

Nunavut first declared a public health emergency on March 18 and has extended it numerous times since.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Nunavummiut are reminded to practise physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and to stay home if they feel unwell, the Department of Health advised. Anyone who believes they have been exposed to Covid-19 should call the Covid hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or notify their community health centre right away. Fourteen days of isolation at home should then begin immediately.

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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