COVID-19 testing to begin in Inuit coastal community after presumptive case – CBC

Feb 18, 2021

‘Today and tomorrow will be very busy, hard days,’ says Nunatsiavut health minister

COVID-19 testing began Thursday and will continue Friday in the small Labrador coastal community of Makkovik, the Nunatsiavut government says, as part of the public health response to a presumptive positive case of the virus in the Inuit town.

Anyone can get a test, even if they have not travelled and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.

“Today and tomorrow will be very busy, hard days,” Gerald Asivak, the minister of health and social development, told CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning on Thursday.

“We’re going to ensure that we meet our standards, with the province, Dr. Fitzgerald, around what needs to be done,” he said, referring to Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health.

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