Pond Inlet reports single COVID-19 case
Hamlet’s first case also the territory’s first in more than two weeks
Public health restrictions were ramped up in Pond Inlet Friday after a singe case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the hamlet of nearly 1,800 people on northern Baffin Island.
It’s the first reported case in Pond Inlet and the first active case in Nunavut since Oct. 26, when the last person in a Coral Harbour outbreak recovered.
Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson reported the case on Friday afternoon, a week after the person developed symptoms. The person began isolating immediately after showing symptoms and was then tested, the Health Department said in a news release.
The positive test was confirmed Friday.
The government did not indicate the age or sex of the person who tested positive.
There was no indication how the person contracted the virus that causes the respiratory illness.
As a result of the new active case, in Pond Inlet, masks are now mandatory in public spaces, outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people, indoor at-home gatherings are limited to five people plus household members, and gatherings at gyms, fitness centres and libraries are limited to 25 people or 25 per cent of the building’s capacity.