Worker at Nunavut patient residence in Ottawa tests positive for COVID-19

Larga Baffin is “working with Ottawa Public Health to assess the potential impact”

A kitchen worker at the Larga Baffin patient boarding home at 2716 Richmond Rd. in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19, Larga Baffin said late on Tuesday, Sept. 30.(Photo courtesy of Larga Baffin)

By Jane George

A staff member who works in the kitchen of Larga Baffin in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19.

Larga Baffin said in a news release on Wednesday, Sept. 30, that it is “working with Ottawa Public Health to assess the potential impact to Larga Baffin staff and clients.”

Larga Baffin is the patient boarding home for Nunavut Inuit from the Baffin region who are receiving health care in Ottawa, and can accommodate up to 225 residents at one time.

The Larga Baffin employee was tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 29, the release said, and the positive result was confirmed on Sept. 30.

The employee’s last full shift took place on Friday, Sept. 25.

On that day, the employee was asymptomatic, and then on Monday, Sept. 28, the employee reported to work, Larga Baffin said.

In accordance with Larga Baffin’s daily employee health review, the staff member, who was not feeling well, was sent home immediately, Larga Baffin said.

“This screening is in place to minimize risk and exposure to clients and staff,” Larga Baffin said.

Everyone inside Larga Baffin, including residents, staff, and essential visitors are required to wear masks at all times “to protect themselves and each other” and minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

“The safety and well-being of our clients and staff is our primary concern,” Larga Baffin said.

The release asked for people to remain “respectful and do not pass judgment or blame.”

“The entire world is impacted by this pandemic. Remember we are all people dealing with the same fears and concerns,” said the release, signed by Lynn Kilabuk, president of Larga Baffin, which is owned by Nunasi Corp. and Qikiqtaaluk Corp.

When residents of Larga Baffin head back to Nunavut, they are required to stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott for two weeks of isolation.

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