The community of Kangiqsujuaq in Nunavik, the Inuit region of northern Quebec, was put on red alert on Friday amidst rising COVID-19 cases and strong suspicion of community transmission, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said in a Facebook post.
Case counts as of Friday, the most recent data available, put active cases at 12, in the community of approximately 750 people.
Nunavik’s COVID-19 alert system has five levels:
- Green – low risk
- Yellow – controlled risk
- Orange – moderate risk
- Orange (+) – moderate risk plus some additional public health measures including curfew
- Red – high risk
Each level triggers a different series of health measures in order to control the circulation of COVID-19.
Kangiqsujuaq’s move to red alert means a 10pm to 5am curfew is now in place, visiting between separate households is prohibited, and non-essential services including places like church and the gym have been shut down.
Essential services like the co-op store and health clinic remain open, but health authorities ask people to limit their trips as much as possible.
As of Friday, Nunavik was reporting 329 active COVID-19 cases.
Of the region’s 14 communities, seven are on red alert: Puvirnituq, Ivujivik, Salluit, Kangiqsujuaq, Tasiujaq, Kuujjuaq and Kangiqsualujjuaq.
Seven communities are currently at the orange plus level: Umiujaq, Inukjuak, Akulivik, Quaqtaq, Kangirsuk and Aupaluk.
There’s been 1,407 recoveries since the current outbreak in Nunavik started at the beginning of October 2021.
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