Iqaluit boarding home, hospital site of potential COVID-19 exposure, GN says

Guests, visitors or patients should isolate immediately

Anyone who visited or stayed at the Tammaativvik medical boarding home In Iqaluit between June 4 and June 8 may have been exposed to COVID-19, Nunavut’s Health Department says. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

The notices of exposure comes after four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Iqaluit Friday morning and another case was added Thursday.

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.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Yogi on

    and the second wave begins, Iqaluit!

    • Posted by No on

      We simply cannot have a second wave.
      I want to take my kids south for a vacation. It is my right to do so. We’ve been cooped up too long.

      • Posted by Baffin on

        You don’t want a second wave in Nunavut!!!
        So why would you believe Nunavut is privileged!
        The rest of Canada is finishing their 3 wave and overseas they are starting their 4th Wave of Covid
        Get with the Real World because
        This comment of yours is so

  2. Posted by High school parent on

    Another anti vaxxer medical traveler brings COVID to Iqaluit. Maybe it’s time to make vaccination mandatory for medical travelers, since they can’t seem to follow any of the rules. Even if it’s only the first dose, it has been proven to drastically reduce the severe health affects of COVID and prevent hospitalization.

    But since the jail is practically empty now, maybe they could use that for people isolating, instead of the $450 a night hotels.


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