Canada’s High Arctic may still be free of the novel coronavirus.
“Huge relief,” said David Stockley, the hamlet’s chief administrative officer.
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“It answered a lot of prayers for a lot of people.”
Last Thursday, the territory reported what it thought was its first case of infection — a person in the hamlet of about 1,600 on the northern tip of Baffin Island.
On Monday, the territory’s chief medical health officer said there had been a false positive by a lab in Ontario. Nunavut does its tests twice — once in Iqaluit and then a confirmatory test in the south.
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After the initial positive test, Nunavut scrambled an emergency response team to the community to trace the person’s contacts. When all those contacts tested negative in Iqaluit, a request was made to retest the samples of the person thought to be infected.
The retest reversed the original conclusion.