PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: QIA implements COVID-19 prevention and mitigation measures
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) prioritizes the health of our employees and communities, and is determined to support public health authorities as we work together to prevent and limit the spread of the COVID-19. QIA is making operational decisions considering COVID-19 prevention, mitigation, and response using the best available evidence.
As conditions continue to change rapidly, we will be revisiting and reassessing these decisions on a regular basis.
Anyone requiring services provided by QIA such as support to access the Grief and Bereavement program, is encouraged to call, e-mail, or, fax their inquiries to QIA as opposed to physically coming into the office.
In-person meetings with colleagues in other organizations will be held by teleconference where possible until further notice.
QIA has adapted its plans for our scheduled winter board meeting in March and will hold an abbreviated teleconference with our Community Directors to address essential operational needs.
On the recommendation of Nunavut’s Chief Public Health Officer, QIA has suspended non-essential or optional work-related travel until further notice.
The Public Health Agency of Canada notes that COVID-19 symptoms may not show for 14 days. Therefore, any QIA employee who travel south between now and April 30, 2020 are expected to self-isolate in their home for 14 days following their return whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. This requirement will be re-evaluated after April 30.
QIA will remain in contact with all QIA staff to discuss work planning and necessary work place accommodations.
QIA will continue to reassess and take additional measures as needed to support staff and community health.
For more information, please contact:
Sima Sahar Zerehi,
Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association