Salluit, Nunavik put on red alert as COVID-19 cases rise

The community of Salluit, in Nunavik, Quebec. was put on red alert Tuesday amidst rising COVID-19 cases and suspicion of community transmission. (Marika Wheeler/CBC)

Salluit, a community in Nunavik, Quebec, was put on red alert Tuesday after posting 14 new cases on Monday. 

“Following the announcement of many positive COVID-19 cases in Salluit and community transmission now being highly suspected, on January 11th the community is now at the Red Alert level,” the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. 

Total active cases in the community as of January 10 were 22.

Red alert is the region’s highest COVID-19 level, meaning churches, daycares, schools, youth centres, community centres, arenas and all non-essential services are closed. Visits with anyone who doesn’t live in the same household are also prohibited.

A 10pm to 5am curfew is also in effect, and only essential travel to and from the community is allowed. 

The communities of Kuujjuaq and Tasiujaq were also put on red alert last week after increased case counts and high suspicion of community transmission.

COVID-19 cases in Nunavik

The most recent COVID-19 numbers in Nunavik as of January 10

  • Kuujjuaraapik 4
  • Kangiqsualujjuaq 84
  • Puvirnituq 77
  • Tasiujaq 37
  • Kuujjuaq 36
  • Ivujivik 23
  • Salluit 22
  • Kangiqsujuaq 4
  • Quaqtaq 4
  • Akulivik 2
  • Inukjuak 2
  • Aupaluk 1
  • Umiujaq 1
  • Kangirsuk 0

Source: Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

Circulation of the omicron variant in Nunavik was confirmed at the end of December.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS), Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) subsequently decided to limit travel to and from Nunavik except for criticial or essential services or travel.

The measure was put in place on December 29 and is in effect until January 26.

Over the weekend, 119 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Nunavik, for a total of 297 active cases as of Monday.

Since the current COVID-19 outbreak started at the beginning of October 2021, there have been 1,246 recoveries.

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn@cbc.ca

Related stories from around the North: 

CanadaNunatsiavut gov. in Atlantic Canada calls for end to non-essential travel between Labrador Inuit communities, Eye on the Arctic

Sweden: Swedish government announces new restrictions following sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, Radio Sweden

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