1 new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Iqaluit
‘There’s no reason to think that this means that we have to pause or change the public health orders,’ says chief public health officer
One new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Iqaluit, Premier Joe Savikataaq announced on Twitter Thursday.
With no new recoveries reported, there are now two active cases of the virus in the territory, all in Iqaluit.
Unlike the previous case, which involved an Iqaluit resident already in isolation, Thursday’s was discovered when the person was admitted to Qikiqtani General Hospital.
“It’s unclear if their symptoms are from the COVID or if their symptoms are from another medical problem,” said Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, during a media briefing on Thursday morning.
Although contact tracing on the case began yesterday afternoon, Patterson said “at this point, there’s no reason to think that this means that we have to pause or change the public health orders.”
Nunavut side of travel ‘bubble’ with N.W.T. restored
The Government of Nunavut also announced the reopening of its side of the common travel area, or “bubble,” with the Northwest Territories on Thursday.
Those travelling to Nunavut from the N.W.T., who have not been outside the two territories for two weeks, can now enter the territory without completing 14 days of isolation.
Travellers currently isolating in the N.W.T. who wish to return to Nunavut earlier than their scheduled return date must complete a common area traveller’s declaration form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the announcement means that Nunavut’s side of the bubble is open, the N.W.T. side remains closed. Travellers from Nunavut wanting to go to the N.W.T. must follow that territory’s public health measures and isolation requirements.
The Government of Nunavut is scheduled to hold its next COVID-19 update on Monday.