Possible COVID-19 exposure on Iqaluit and Pond Inlet flights

Nunavut government has instructions for passengers on two Nov. 2 flights

Passengers on two Nov. 2 flights in Nunavut are being told to get tested for COVID-19 or to monitor for symptoms, depending on their vaccination status. (Photo by Mélanie Ritchot)

By Mélanie Ritchot

Passengers on two Nunavut flights are being warned of a possible COVID-19 exposure.

The Nunavut government posted the notice on social media this weekend.

Any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated passenger who was on Canadian North flight 5T101 from Ottawa to Iqaluit on Nov. 2, or Canadian North flight 5T880 from Iqaluit to Pond Inlet, also on Nov. 2, is being asked to get a COVID-19 test and isolate until Nov. 16.

The government also has specific instructions for those who were seated near row 15 on the flight from Ottawa to Iqaluit, and those near row eight on the Iqaluit to Pond Inlet flight.

Anyone seated in the three rows behind or in front of these rows is being asked to call the health hotline to get a COVID-19 swab, whether they are vaccinated or not.

As well, everybody who was on either of these flights is being asked to watch out for symptoms and to self-isolate and call the hotline if symptoms develop.

The health hotline is 1-888-975-8601.

Pond Inlet reported a case of COVID-19 on Nov. 12. It’s the first case reported in the territory for over two weeks.

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