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Covid-19 has re-emerged in Rankin Inlet as two individuals have been confirmed to have contracted the virus, the Government of Nunavut stated on Saturday.

The infected individuals landed in the Kivalliq community on Canadian North flight 239 on Friday evening, according to the GN.

With five new cases in Iqaluit, plus three recoveries, and four existing cases in Kinngait, the territorial total has risen to 41 cases of coronavirus.

“Both individuals are in supported isolation and doing well,” Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut’s chief public health officer, said of the new cases in Rankin Inlet. “The individuals were identified as close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case only after the flight had departed Iqaluit. Fortunately, shortly after arrival in Rankin Inlet, they were located by public health staff, tested and put in isolation. The virus was transmitted in Iqaluit, but identified in Rankin Inlet. Therefore, there is very low risk to residents of Rankin Inlet at this time, but everyone there needs to continue to follow all the public health measures.”

All those travelling from Iqaluit must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in another community. Anyone who boarded flight 239 in Rankin Inlet or Yellowknife is not considered to be at risk.

“Nunavummiut, now more than ever, I encourage everyone to strictly follow the public
health measures in place. These are vital to us limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our
territory,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “Please do not take chances, please be responsible and please do your part to keep our communities safe. As always – mask up, wash your hands, keep strong physical distance, stay home as much as possible, and get vaccinated. Stay safe.”

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Anyone who has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 is advised to
call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST, or notify
their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.
Please do not go to the health centre in person

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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