71 total active COVID-19 cases in Nunavik in northern Quebec

“Those not respecting the isolation instructions are putting the community and the region at high risk of transmission, in addition to slowing down the process of contact tracing and investigation,” the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said on Sunday. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

As of Sunday night, Nunavik, the Inuit region of northern Quebec, was reporting 71 active COVID-19 cases. 

Five communities remain on red alert meaning they’re on lockdown until further notice, non-essential services have been shut down, and visits between people living in different households is prohibited.

The five communities on red alert are: Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Salluit and Ivujivik.

Nunavik’s nine other communities remain on orange alert, the second highest COVID-19 alert level.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) reminded people on Sunday, that with COVID-19 spreading throughout the region, instructions to isolate should be strictly followed.

“When the Public Health authorities instruct an individual to isolate, it is important to respect the instructions and to stay in isolation, at home,” the NRBHSS said in a Facebook post. 

“Those not respecting the isolation instructions are putting the community and the region at high risk of transmission, in addition to slowing down the process of contact tracing and investigation.”

Reported Nunavik Case Counts as of Sunday, October 24
COVID-19 alerts in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec, as of October 24, 2021.(Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services)

The most recent community case counts in Nunavik are:

    • Ivujivik – 10 active cases
    • Inukjuak – 1 active cases (1 person recovered)
    • Kangirsuk – 38 active cases
    • Salluit – 15 active case
    • Kangiqsujuaq – 2 active case
    • Kuujjuaq – 5 active cases
    • Kangiqsualujjuaq, 0 active cases, but evidence of community transmission, village remains on red alert

There were also 13 active cases outside of Nunavik:

  • 4 are linked to airports within the region
  • 9 are at Ullivik, the Dorval residence used for Nunavik residents in Montreal for health services

-Source: Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

On Sunday, Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services reminded people in the region via Facebook that women’s shelters are considered essential services and remain open and fully functional region-wide.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca 

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Health officials in Canada’s Northwest Territories extends Behchokǫ COVID-19 containment order until Oct. 29, CBC News

Greenland: Greenland lifts COVID-19 restrictions on direct travel to small communities, Eye on the Arctic

Iceland: Iceland to soften COVID-19 rules on Oct. 20, plans full lifting of restrictions next month, Eye on the Arctic

United States: Rural Alaska at risk as COVID-19 surge swamps faraway hospitals, The Associated Press

Antarctica: U.K. delivers COVID-19 vaccine to British station in Antarctica, Eye on the Arctic

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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