GN makes ‘urgent’ plea for Chartroom staff, patrons on April 14 to get COVID-19 test
Anyone at Iqaluit bar that day faces ‘higher risk’ of exposure to COVID-19
The Government of Nunavut made an “urgent” appeal Saturday night to all patrons and staff of Iqaluit’s Chartroom Lounge on April 14, specifically, to book a COVID-19 test. The Health Department said people who were there that day face a “higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.”
It followed an earlier advisory to alert people who had been at the bar between April 10 and 14 of “potential exposure.” Last week, the GN recommended people who were there during that period to self-monitor for symptoms of infection for 14 days following their last visit. And anyone with symptoms was advised to self-isolate and schedule a COVID-19 test.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Self-isolation involves staying at home and avoiding other people.
Saturday’s advisory narrowed the focus to a specific day, calling on patrons and staff who were there to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 to arrange testing.
On Sunday the Government of Nunavut raised its tally of COVID-19 cases in Iqaluit to 42, following the detection of seven new cases.
That brings the capital’s total to 42 and Nunavut’s number of active cases to 47.
No new cases were reported Sunday in Kinngait, where one recovery was reported, leaving three active cases, or in Rankin Inlet, where there are two active cases, according to an update Premier Joe Savikataaq posted on Twitter.
The advisory to Chartroom staff and customers came at the end of a week of COVID-19-related developments in Iqaluit and across Nunavut.
Iqaluit’s Storehouse Bar and Grill had been earlier identified as a site of potential COVID-19 exposure last week by the Health Department.
And on Friday, the GN also placed Nunavut-wide restrictions on restaurants and bars as COVID-19 case count climbed.
The GN will hold news conference and update on COVID-19 in the territory Monday at 11 a.m., which will be streamed on the Nunavut legislative channel.
The news conference is also broadcast on Bell ExpressVu channel 513, Shaw satellite channel 181 or 489 on the classic lineup package, local cable channel 5 (analog) or 602 (digital) and on local radio in Iqaluit at 92.5 FM