City of Iqaluit forms COVID-19 task force
“We are prepared to adapt and respond as the situation changes”
The City of Iqaluit has taken measures to protect its residents and workers from COVID-19, it announced on Friday afternoon.
The news comes after numerous other communities and levels of government have instituted their own precautionary measures.
“The city is actively monitoring and taking steps to help protect the health of the community,” said Mayor Kenny Bell in a news release.
“We are prepared to adapt and respond as the situation changes.”
Although no cases have been reported within the territory, COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, has infected over 120,000 people globally since first being discovered in China in December.
According to the World Health Organization’s website, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS),” the latter of which Nunavut prepared for in 2003.
To deal with a potential outbreak of COVID-19, the city has created a take force dedicated to coordinating its prevention and, should the need arise, response.
The city has also committed to increasing cleaning measures in all municipal facilities and workplaces, which will remain open for the time being, though some recreation programs have been cancelled as a precaution.
Essential services, such as water and sewer delivery and garbage pick-up, and emergency services will continue as normal.
Heeding the Government of Nunavut’s recent recommendations, the city has also cancelled all non-essential work travel effective immediately.
While the municipal and territorial measures are important, Bell acknowledged that the public also has a role to play.
“It is important for residents to be aware of how to help themselves and their families from the risk of exposure.”
For more information on how to protect yourself, visit the GN Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.