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

Eight residents and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Gjoa Haven Continuing Care Centre, the territory’s Health Department said Friday. (Photo courtesy of Government of Nunavut)

By Andrea Sakiyama Kennedy

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.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Up here on

    Warn away…

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  2. Posted by Frankly on

    It will spread. It is spreading in Kugluktuk without anyone knowing. Healthcare will be emancipated as always.

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  3. Posted by I live in the Arctic on

    in my opinion this is what happens when there is no information shared by the govenment, people believe it ain’t around no more, so they become less vigilant.

  4. Posted by Crystal Clarity on

    People will need to learn to live with COVID now. There are some 50 variants. Continuous shut downs are not sustainable any more.People had multiple opportunities to get vaccinated. It does not seem to be a virulent as it was originally. Live with it. Just like you have to live with the cold and flu. Sometimes they can kill you or develop into other conditions which can kill you. Mother Nature’s way of culling the herd.

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