Positive presumptive case of COVID-19 in Makkovik

The Nunatsiavut Government is calling on Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement to  remain calm and to continue adhering to all public health protocols following confirmation of a presumptive  positive case of COVID-19 in Makkovik today. The case is connected to recent travel from the St. John’s  metropolitan area.  

All cases of COVID-19 are considered presumptive until confirmed by Public Health officials. The test  results are scheduled to be sent to St. John’s Thursday for confirmation. 

Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority and the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social  Development are working closely together to track all contacts, and arrangements are being made to have all  residents of Makkovik tested for COVID-19. Details are expected to be announced Thursday morning.  

Meanwhile, all flights to and from the community have been suspended until further notice, with the  exception being for medical emergencies only. Residents are also asked to not travel by snowmobile to any  other communities under any circumstance, to stay in their homes and to avoid contact with those from  outside their households. 

“We still have a long way to go before the threat of COVID-19 passes,” says Nunatsiavut President  Johannes Lampe. “Even though the vaccine has been administered to residents in Makkovik, people should continue to follow all public health protocols, including practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a mask and  maintaining social distancing of at least two metres from those outside your immediate households.” 

The Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development will begin the process of implementing an  emergency COVID-19 response plan for Makkovik. Similar plans have also been developed for the other  Inuit communities, and will be implemented if necessary. 

Residents of Makkovik should immediately contact 811 if they exhibit any of the following COVID-19  related symptoms: shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; worsening cough; high fever; chills; fatigue or  weakness; headache; stomach pain; diarrhea; or vomiting.