City of Iqaluit opens Virtual Emergency Operations Centre

May 10, 2021

City of Iqaluit opens Virtual Emergency Operations Centre

On May 5 at 10 a.m., the City opened a Virtual Emergency Operations Centre to respond to the local community transmission of COVID-19 in Iqaluit.

The Iqaluit City Council declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 effective as of 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The order is in effect until May 11, 2021.

This is the series of action items identified through the work of the VEOC:

a. Amplify Government of Nunavut COVID-19 messaging and develop a communications campaign to addresses the changing circumstances;

b. support community groups beyond existing supports that provide services to our vulnerable populations;

c. engage the Canadian Red Cross to provide assistance with workplace assessments, shelter relief workers, and mental health supports;

d. work with COVID-19 enforcement task force and provide immediate complimentary support for enforcing the public health act;

e. reassign staff to deliver and support community programs where possible and necessary;
f. participate in essential workplace surveillance testing;

g. work closely with QIA to coordinate response efforts;

h. identify and designate public and private assets (facilities); and

i. order masks specifically for children and youth for community distribution.

The City of Iqaluit continues to work closely with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of
Health to monitor and respond as needed to the COVID-19 situation. It is critical that residents
take the CPHO measures seriously and adhere to all public health orders.

For the City of Iqaluit News Release on the State of Emergency:
https://www.iqaluit.ca/news/iqaluit-declares-state-emergency

Nunavut COVID-19 Case Update:
https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Public Health Measures for Iqaluit as of April 15, 2021:
https://www.gov.nu.ca/sites/default/files/public_health_measures_for_iqa...
pdated.pdf

For additional information, please contact:
Lisa Milosavljevic
Communications and Customer Service Manager
City of Iqaluit
L.Milosavljevic@iqaluit.ca
867-979-5607

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