Nunavut has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, Dr. Michael Patterson, the territory's chief public health officer said Thursday morning.
“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 Patterson in a press release.
“We have initiated contact tracing in the community and our rapid response team is on its way to Pond Inlet, to provide care and ensure the community has all necessary supports to help manage the situation.”
The confirmed case is in the north Baffin community of Pond Inlet.
“There is no need to panic. Nunavut has had time to prepare, and we are in a solid position to manage this. We ask people not to place any blame, not to shame and to support communities and each other as we overcome COVID-19 in Nunavut,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq of the infection.
Nunavut was the last province or territory in continental North America to be virus-free. Nunavut's total population is roughly 38,780.