Rankin Inlet sees 2nd COVID-19 case

Individual flew in from Winnipeg on Tuesday

A new case of COVID-19 has been identified in Rankin Inlet, the Government of Nunavut announced Thursday. The case involves a person who flew into the community from southern Canada on Tuesday and is considered to be unrelated to another case identified in Rankin Inlet earlier in the month. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut is reporting a new case of COVID-19 in Rankin Inlet.

The case was identified Wednesday and the person is now self-isolating, said Dr. Rosann Seviour, Nunavut’s acting chief public health officer, in a news release.

“The individual arrived in the community on Sept. 7 from southern Canada and was working in Nunavut with a vaccine exemption,” Seviour said. “The new case is unrelated to the previous case identified on Aug. 29.”

Fully vaccinated travellers to Nunavut are exempt from self-isolating either beforehand or upon arrival.

Nunavut’s Health Department says that contact tracing is complete and the risk to the community is considered to be low. There are no changes to public health measures in Rankin Inlet.

The person is not a Nunavut resident, so the case won’t be counted in Nunavut.

The Health Department has issued exposure warnings for two flights on Tuesday, related to the new case: Canadian North flight 300 departing Winnipeg at 9:35 a.m. and arriving in Rankin Inlet at 11:30 a.m. and Calm Air Flight 232 departing from Rankin Inlet to Naujaat at noon.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated passengers seated in rows 3 to 9 on Canadian North Flight 300 or the last four rows of Calm Air Flight 232 should call the hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET to arrange for testing, the department said.

Vaccinated passengers may call for testing 72 hours after the flight. Everyone on the flight should monitor for symptoms for 14 days, until Sept. 21, and anyone who develops symptoms should isolate immediately and call the hotline for testing.

“Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 is advised to call the COVID-hotline to arrange testing or notify their community health centre right away,” the news release states. “Please do not go to the health centre in person.”

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