Workers must have negative test result before they board flights to Nunavik – Nunatsiaq News

28 July 2020

“What happened in Salluit showed us that we don’t want to take any risks”

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said it now requires workers travelling to the region to have test results showing they are free of COVID-19 before they board flights to Nunavik.

The new policy is in response to an incident in Salluit earlier this month where a construction worker arrived in the community to find he had tested positive for COVID-19.

The worker was one of a group of five who flew to the Hudson Strait community to do contract work for Kativik Ilisarnilirniq. All five were put in isolation and then flown out of the region a few days later.

Now, the health board said it’s stepping up its screening efforts at the Montreal airport to ensure all non-residents—and eventually, anyone travelling to Nunavik—are confirmed to be free of COVID-19 before they board their flights north.

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