The public health emergency prompted by Covid-19 will remain in place until at least Aug. 20, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday.

“Nunavut must remain prepared for Covid-19, even as we ease restrictions,” Health Minister George Hickes stated. “As we learn to live with the virus in the long-term, we must stay diligent and consistent in following the public health advice that helps us slow its spread.”

A public health emergency in the territory was declared on March 18 and has been in effect throughout.

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

Nunavummiut are reminded to practise physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and to stay home if they feel unwell.

Anyone who believes they have been exposed to Covid-19 should call the Covid hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or notify their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days, the Department of Health advised.

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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,...