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