2 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Nunavik

Health officials believe there is no increased risk in Aupaluk, where cases were discovered

This map shows all but one of Nunavik’s 14 communities are considered low risk for contact with COVID-19. Aupaluk, where two cases of the viruses were recently confirmed, is considered at a controlled risk. (Image courtesy of NRBHSS)

By Sarah Rogers

Nunavik health officials announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the region over the weekend.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services flagged the first case of the virus Aug. 6 in Aupaluk, which has a population of about 200 people.

The individual was a recent traveller from the south, who tested positive for the virus through the region’s mandatory screening, the health board said in an Aug. 6 release.

On Sunday, the health board announced a second case.

“The person identified as a case of COVID is related to the case we announced on Aug. 6,” said health board spokesperson Josee Levesque in an email. “The person is in isolation.”

Levesque said health staff believe they have identified contacts and there is no increased risk to the public.

These latest cases are the first to be uncovered in Nunavik since June.

As of mid-July, just 36 per cent of Nunavik’s population has received two doses of a vaccine against COVID-19.

There have been 44 COVID-19 cases recorded in the region since the beginning of the pandemic and two deaths.

Health officials continue to encourage Nunavimmiut to follow health measures including wearing a mask in public venues, keeping a two-metre distance from others, washing hands and staying home if flu-like symptoms present.

Anyone in Nunavik who has symptoms of the virus, including fever, an unusual cough, difficulty breathing, a loss of their sense of smell, a runny nose or sore throat, should contact the region’s COVID health line at 1-888-662-7482 or call their local health centre.

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