No-visitor policy put in place for patients in Iqaluit health-care centres
GN cites COVID-19 case surge for temporary policy; exceptions made for certain patients
A temporary no-visitor policy for patients in Iqaluit health-care centres is in place due to a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Nunavut’s Department of Health made the announcement Thursday.
Some patients will be allowed one person to visit, according to the news release. They are:
- Patients who are minors;
- Obstetrical patients going through labour;
- Palliative care patients; and
- Patients who need support or interpretation, such as elders.
All other patients must attend care areas by themselves. Masks are also mandatory in all clinical areas for staff, patients and visitors, according to the release.
Earlier this week, the GN announced that over the holidays there was a surge of COVID-19 cases in the Baffin region, and especially in Iqaluit.
In December, Health Minister John Main and Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Sean Wachtel warned of an increase in viruses in the territory.
The GN has stopped publicly reporting COVID-19 case counts in the territory. The government has been able to detect a surge through PCR test results, testing at community health centres and rapid antigen test results reported through the COVID-19 hotline, Health Department spokesperson Nadine Purdy told Nunatsiaq News.
For anyone who has tested positive or has concerns about COVID-19, there is a hotline is available Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-888-975-8601.
The GN’s advice for preventing the spread of COVID-19 includes getting vaccinated and boosted when eligible, practising social distancing, wearing a mask in health-care facilities and self-isolating when feeling sick.