Iqaluit-bound passenger a false positive, Nunavut’s top doc says
Passenger who tested positive for COVID-19 in Ottawa tests negative twice in Iqaluit
A Canadian North passenger who flew into Iqaluit has tested negative twice for COVID-19, the chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said this afternoon.
This means an earlier positive result, from a test administered in Ottawa on Jan. 18, prior to the passenger’s arrival in Iqaluit, was a false positive, Patterson said.
That false result didn’t come back until after the flight had departed Ottawa for Iqaluit.
But after the passengers arrival, two subsequent tests produced negative results.
All passengers aboard the flight, which arrived around 12:30 p.m., have been cleared by public health workers.
The passenger had been on what the Health Department calls “expedited medical travel,” which started on Jan. 17.
Upon their arrival in Iqaluit, the passenger was taken to Qikiqtani General Hospital to isolate pending the follow-up tests
All passengers were required to stay on the secure side of the airport until after the negative test results came back.
“I would like to thank the passengers for their cooperation and patience, and our staff who continue to work tirelessly,” Patterson said.