Iqaluit’s Storehouse bar site of potential COVID-19 exposure, GN says
Health Department advisory aimed at bar patrons and recent travellers
Nunavut’s Health Department says anybody who visited the Storehouse Bar and Grill in Iqaluit over the past week may have been exposed to COVID-19.
The government recommends anyone who visited the bar between April 8 and 14 to self-monitor for symptoms of infection for 14 days following their last visit, according to a notice circulated on social media late Thursday evening.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Anyone who develops these symptoms should isolate themselves and to schedule a COVID-19 test, the advisory says. Self-isolation involves staying at home and avoiding other people.
The announcement came hours after after Canadian North confirmed one of its airline employees in Iqaluit had tested positive for COVID-19. It’s the first case to be confirmed in Iqaluit since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March.
Iqaluit immediately entered lockdown after the case was discovered, with the closure of schools and non-essential workplaces.
The Storehouse Bar and Grill is located on the Astro Hill complex, close to the Frobisher Inn hotel.
The notice is also advising anyone who has travelled outside of Iqaluit since April 7 to isolate for 14 days starting immediately.
The territorial government provided more information Thursday about what health officials know about the positive case.
Nunavut’s chief medical officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said the person who tested positive for COVID-19 had been in Nunavut for 16 days and “may have contracted COVID-19 in Iqaluit.”
The GN is holding a news conference Friday at 11 a.m. to provide more information about the arrival of the COVID-19 virus in Iqaluit.
The news conference is streamed online and broadcast on the radio in Iqaluit at 92.5 FM.