Nunavut government suspends non-essential services in Rankin Inlet

Residents should call the local health centre to inquire before going in

The Government of Nunavut has suspended all non-essential services in Rankin Inlet for now, and asks residents to call the local health centre if they require health care. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

With a case of COVID-19 now confirmed in Rankin Inlet, the Government of Nunavut has quickly moved to suspend any non-essential government services in order to limit interactions in the territory’s second-largest community.

Nunavut’s chief public health officer has asked residents of Rankin Inlet to remain at home as much as possible and to limit contact with others outside their immediate households.

In an effort to contain any potential spread of the virus, the government has suspended any non-essential services and non-emergency medical appointments for the time being. Residents who require health care should call the community’s health-care centre.

Nunavut’s Health Department urges anyone who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19 to call the hotline at 1-888-975-8601 or notify their community health centre and to immediately isolate themselves at home for 14 days.

Other changes to local services include the following:

  • All prenatal appointments will be by appointment only, through the birthing centre.
  • Airport operations and maintenance will continue, though access to Rankin Inlet’s air terminal is restricted to staff, passengers, and people providing assistance to passengers, and masks must be worn at all times.
  • All non-essential Nunavut government services are suspended and most departmental staff will be working from home.
  • Community Justice is restricting in-person meetings to those in emergency situations where a client has no access to a phone or a safe location to meet with service providers. Residents can call the Family Abuse Intervention Act line with any questions at 1-844-534-1038.
  • The Rankin Inlet Community Corrections office is closed, while the Rankin Inlet Healing Centre is closed to visitors.

Read more about school closures in Rankin Inlet and other Nunavut communities here.

The Nunavut government will provide more information at a news conference today.

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