Single COVID-19 case reported in Iqaluit

Traveller on a Thursday flight from Ottawa is Nunavut’s only active case

A single case of COVID-19 was reported in Iqaluit Saturday. The person tested positive after returning aboard a flight from Ottawa on Thursday, (Image by PIR04D from Pixabay)

By Nunatsiaq News

A person who returned to Iqaluit Thursday after travelling in southern Canada tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, Nunavut’s chief public health officer reported.

The first new case in Nunavut’s capital in nearly three months will not prompt any increase in public health measures “at this time” because the transmission risk is considered low, Dr. Michael Patterson said in a news release issued Saturday afternoon.

The Health Department news release did not indicate the person’s age or sex.

The positive sample was to be sent to a laboratory in southern Canada to identify the variant.

Any unvaccinated travellers on Canada North’s Dec. 2 flight 5T-103 from Ottawa who were seated in rows 21 to 27 are advised to isolate immediately until Dec. 16. Vaccinated passengers who sat in those rows are encouraged to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms until Dec. 16, as well, the Government of Nunavut release states.

The last case in Iqaluit was reported in mid-September. That person was also a traveller who had flown to Iqaluit from Ottawa.

Iqaluit went through a COVID-19 outbreak that began in mid-April and ended on July 20.

It’s the first new case in all of Nunavut since late October, when the last cases in an outbreak in Coral Harbour were deemed to have recovered.

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(9) Comments:

  1. Posted by Uvanga on

    Start sanitizing your hands all the time especially when you’re in down south and wear your mask.
    I cried a few times when I was going back and forth at the hospital when it had COVID outbreak, same floor where I went to see my Dad. I’m fully vaccinated and I could still catch it and I was worried for my kids safety (they’re still not vaccinated).
    But if you’re careful and do what you’re asked to do, do it! Very simple. Start sanitizing more!

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  2. Posted by George on

    “Any unvaccinated travellers on Canada North’s Dec. 2 flight 5T-103 from Ottawa who were seated in rows 21 to 27….”

    I thought you had to be vaccinated to get on an airplane !

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    • Posted by Rules on

      If you have proof of isolation at a Government of Nunavut isolation hotel in Southern Canada, you can still travel if unvaccinated.

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      • Posted by Rules on

        There are also dependents who can travel with vaccinated guardians who are still either too young to get the vaccines or have not had access to vaccine yet.

    • Posted by Plumbum on

      No, you need to be vaccinated to get on a plane to Iqaluit without first spending two weeks at an isolation hotel. And that’s only adults. Unvaccinated children travelling with vaccinated adults can get on a plane without isolating, under the condition their parents promise to isolate them at home.

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  3. Posted by Tester on

    How does this work?

    Thursday arrival from Ottawa to Iqaluit.
    Friday tests positive.

    Did the person not feel unwell just hours before? Was it sudden or Canadian North required it and that is how they found out? If the passenger did not feel well, they took a huge chance doing this.

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    • Posted by elfish on

      Re: “If the passenger did not feel well, they took a huge chance doing this.”

      If this is the case, what an absolutely selfish thing to do. It’s not right.

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  4. Posted by Glow on

    Wouldn’t know why only the unvaccinated seated in those rows would be at risk. Lots and lots of vaccinated people catching the virus nowadays

    • Posted by Mark M. Koroi on

      You are absolutely correct. Vaccination is no guarantee of avoiding infection.
      However, those who are vaccinated have a much better chance of surviving.

      There have been ZERO COVID-19 deaths reported in the province of Prince Edward Island which has a population of 164,000. Very low COVID-19 rates in Newfoundland and Labrador as well. Those provinces should be models on avoiding COVID infections and fatalities.

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