Nunavut stories first confirmed COVID-19 instances, saying each are mine staff

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT — Nunavut is reporting its first confirmed instances of COVID-19, however a spokeswoman for the premier says that since they didn’t originate within the territory they’ll as an alternative be counted in different jurisdictions.

The territory’s chief public well being officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, says in a information launch there are two instances on the Hope Bay gold mine 125 km southwest of Cambridge Bay.


Patterson says each miners are asymptomatic and have been uncovered to COVID-19 of their house jurisdictions.

He says the samples examined optimistic on the GeneXpert gadget in Rankin Inlet late on September 16 and have been confirmed by the Nationwide Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg on Sunday.

Cate Macleod, a spokeswoman for Premier Joe Savikataaq, says in an electronic mail that the instances might be counted within the jurisdictions the place the employees contracted COVID-19.


The territory says presently, there isn’t a proof of transmission throughout the Hope Bay Mine website.

“Hope Bay Mine is an remoted location, and no Nunavut residents presently work there. The chance of COVID-19 spreading in our communities due to these instances stays very low,” Well being Minister George Hickes mentioned in a information launch.


“We’re carefully monitoring the scenario and we’ll hold Nunavummiut knowledgeable if something adjustments.”

The Nunavut authorities says its present public well being measures should not affected.

Nunavut doesn’t checklist any confirmeded instances of the an infection.


A fly-in employee on the Mary River iron mine on the northern tip of Baffin Island was initially identified optimistic on June 30, however the preliminary consequence was on the low finish of the spectrum and an extra check in early July got here again destructive.

A presumed optimistic case within the spring additionally turned out to be destructive.