COVID-19 isolations prompt weeklong closure of Igloolik health centre
People in community can still get prescriptions filled and call for virtual care
Igloolik’s health centre is closed for the week due to staff being in isolation due to COVID-19.
The health centre will reopen on Monday, the Health Department stated in a news release.
In the meantime, paramedics and some nurses will be at the hospital in case of emergencies and virtual health options will be used when possible.
“A combination of virtual and in-person public health supports will allow for continued response to COVID-19,” says the release.
There were 30 cases of COVID-19 in the community as of Wednesday.
Support staff will keep filling prescriptions but there might be a delay and vaccination clinics might be reduced.
The release said phone calls will still go to the health centre but might be redirected to virtual services depending on staff levels and the severity of a patient’s concern.
“Calls may be automatically forwarded to other communities and callers are asked to not hang up if there are delays while the call is connecting,” states the release.
There may be changes to services if staffing levels change, the release said.