Iqaluit boarding home, hospital site of potential COVID-19 exposure, GN says
Guests, visitors or patients should isolate immediately
The Nunavut Health Department has issued two notices of potential COVID-19 exposure in Iqaluit, this time for Qikiqtani General Hospital and the Tammaativvik medical boarding home.
Anyone who was at the general hospital’s emergency waiting room from 8 p.m. on June 7 until 9 p.m. on June 9 and anybody who stayed at or visited the boarding home from June 4 to June 8 may have been exposed to COVID-19, said the government advisory, circulated Friday afternoon on social media.
Visitors or patients who were at the Qikiqtani General Hospital’s emergency waiting room are asked to immediately isolate where they are for 14 days and call their local health centre or the COVID-19 hotline for testing, if symptoms occur. If no symptoms occur, they’re asked to self-monitor for the duration of that time.
People in Iqaluit without symptoms but who were in the waiting room at that time can also go for a COVID-19 test at the cadet hall between noon and 4 p.m. on weekends and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Those who stayed or visited the boarding home are asked to immediately isolate where they are for 14 days and call their local health centre for testing, or if in Iqaluit, call the COVID-19 hotline at 975-8601.
Tammaativvik houses patients from across Baffin Island who are in town to attend medical appointments.
It remains unclear how today’s four new cases were identified, if they were already isolating and if the cases were connected to the case announced on Thursday. The Health Department said it could not provide further information when asked several times by email on Friday.
The Government of Nunavut is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday at 11 a.m. to provide an update on COVID-19 in the territory where, as of Friday, there were six active cases, all of them in Iqaluit.
The news conference will be streamed online and broadcast on the radio in Iqaluit at 92.5 FM.