Second COVID-19 case identified in Nunavik, Quebec community over weekend

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social services building (right) in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

A second COVID-19 case was identified in the Nunavik community of Aupaluk over the weekend, following another case reported on Friday, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) said in a Facebook post.

The case reported on Sunday is related to a previous case detected on August 6.

“Contacts of both cases have been identified and those who may have been at risk were tested,” the NRBHSS said.

“All significant contacts have been contacted and there is no increased risk in the community of Aupaluk. No additional measures are required.”

Both individuals are currently in isolation, the NRBHSS said.

The August 6 case was travel-related. The infection was detected after the individual returned from the South and had their required screening test seven days after arrival.

A map showing the current COVID-19 risk level in each of Nunavik’s 14 communities. (Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services)

The test is obligatory for travelers to Nunavik from outside the region.

Aupaluk is a community of approximately 195 people on Ungava Bay in the eastern part of Nunavik.

There are currently no other reported COVID-19 cases in Nunavik’s other 13 c

Write to Eilís at eilis.quinn@cbc.ca 

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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