A positive view of self-isolation in Ottawa
“Everyone involved … deserves congratulations”
Open letter to Minister George Hickes, Dr. Michael Patterson, and all GN staff involved in the 14-day isolation program to protect Nunavummiut from COVID-19:
I was recently medevaced to Ottawa for problems with my heart. Fortunately, it turned out to be something easily fixed and I was out of the hospital on the same day. As I had left the territory, and had therefore been exposed to the risk of COVID-19, I was required to be isolated for the mandatory 14 days.
I needed to wait four days in a different hotel for a place to become available in the Residence Inn Ottawa. I was not there on a holiday, I was being isolated for the benefit of Nunavut, and all Nunavummiut, to keep this terrible disease out of our community.
I want to congratulate all staff and government officials on the way this quarantine has been conceived and carried out.
The quality of the surroundings, care, food and contact that I received were all well above my expectations! Obviously, human contact had to be kept to a minimum. This meant that things that came to my room like food, drink and parcels were left on the floor, and whoever delivered them would knock on my door and then leave.
I was contacted every day by health support staff to enquire about my physical and mental well-being, and I was informed that should I have the need for any kind of care, all I had to do was call.
The food was of a high standard given the circumstances, and there was always enough food for every meal.
The room was large, well appointed, and clean and tidy. I realized I was not on holidays, and that things like making my bed, cleaning up after myself, doing my dishes were my responsibility, just as they would be when I was at home in Iqaluit.
The hotel and security staff were always courteous and friendly, and treated me with respect.
Everyone involved in the planning and execution of this entire program deserves congratulations, and the gratitude of everyone in Nunavut. Their tireless efforts have helped keep Nunavut free from COVID-19 cases.
You all have my gratitude and well wishes. Thank you all.
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