9 COVID-19 cases confirmed at Gjoa Haven Continuing Care Centre
Outbreak follows chief public health officer’s warning of possible new wave this fall in Nunavut
Updated on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 at 2:20 p.m.
Enhanced safety measures have been put in place at the Gjoa Haven Continuing Care Centre after eight residents and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19, Nunavut’s Health Department said Friday.
COVID-positive clients have been isolated and all elders in the facility are being closely monitored and are currently in stable condition, a Health Department news release stated.
Any person needing to enter the facility will be screened for COVID-19, and visitors will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
Staff who feel ill are required to stay home until they’re symptom-free, and enhanced cleaning measures in place, the department said.
The outbreak follows chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson’s warning earlier this month that another wave of COVID-19 could arrive in Nunavut in November.
Minister of Health John Main has urged people to prepare for the possibility of another wave as the colder weather drives residents indoors, creating conditions for the virus to spread.
Nunavummiut aged six months and up are eligible for vaccination, and information about vaccine eligibility or how to book an appointment is available on the government website.
Opened in 2010, the Gjoa Haven centre provides 24-hour personal care, including palliative care and respite care, for adults over the age of 55.
Correction: This article has been updated to correct the age of people served by the Gjoa Haven Continuing Care Centre. It provies services to adults over the age of 55 years.