Iqaluit’s first COVID-19 case is a Canadian North employee, airline confirms
‘We are cooperating fully with the public health team,’ company spokesman says
Canadian North says the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 in Iqaluit.
“We are cooperating fully with the public health team and assisting in and supporting their efforts to identify anyone who may have had close contact with the individual,” said Kevin Kablutsiak, Canadian North’s manager of communications, in a statement to Nunatsiaq News.
Kablutsiak said all safety protocols and COVID-19 measures, including wearing face masks, physical distancing and regularly sanitizing work areas, continue to be followed by the airline.
“With the immediate and comprehensive contact tracing being undertaken by Nunavut’s Department of Health and our strict safety protocols in place, our customers can rest assured that our facilities are safe and our essential services remain open,” Kablutsiak said.
More than a dozen flights are expected to land and take off from the Iqaluit airport today.
“No passenger flights have been impacted so far,” Kablutsiak told Nunatsiaq News.
But all freight flights outbound from Iqaluit and one inbound from Ottawa have been cancelled for today, he said.
Kablutsiak said customers who need to make changes to existing flight reservations should contact the airline.
“We expect to be handling a large number of phone calls and ask for your patience as we work through these requests,” he said.
And he also said there could be “temporary delays or disruptions” in processing cargo shipments to and from Iqaluit.
But he said the airline would prioritize food, medical supplies and other essential goods.
Canadian North has asked customers to send only essential shipments to and from Iqaluit at this time.