Test results from a patient in Pond Inlet believed to have Nunavut’s first case of COVID-19, have come back negative. A second test shows the first test was a false positive.
The positive case was announced last Thursday. Following the results of preliminary swabs conducted in Iqaluit and a second test showing the first test was a false positive.
A team of nurses have been in the community conducting contact tracing — which is a process of mapping who the individual could have interacted with — from the one confirmed case.
Preliminary test results of those swabs were done in Iqaluit by the GeneXpert, a machine commonly used for tuberculosis testing. Those came back negative, the government said on Friday. To confirm the results a second set of swabs were also sent to Ontario.