Statement: Minister Main address Elders testing positive to COVID-19 at Embassy West

Press Release

05 January 2022

Minister of Health John Main today released the following statement:

“I am very concerned with the news that five Nunavut Elders have tested positive for COVID-19 at Embassy West Senior Living in Ottawa. This is the first outbreak the facility has had in its resident population since the pandemic began, and we are monitoring and supporting our Elders.

To ensure our Elders receive the best possible care and support, my department has sent a bilingual staff member to Embassy West, to help with communications and response efforts. There have also been added provisions to allow family members to assist with caregiving, under strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

My office and the Department of Health will receive regular updates from Embassy West and we will respond with any additional support as needed.

I want to let the Elders and families know that my heart is with them during this difficult time and assure all Nunavummiut that we are doing everything we can to support our Elders.

While these cases are not captured under Nunavut’s official COVID-19 case count, we will continue to closely monitor and report on our Elders receiving care outside of the territory.”

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Media Contact:

Chris Puglia
Acting Manager of Communications
Department Department of Health
867-975-5949
cpuglia@gov.nu.ca

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