Active COVID-19 cases in Nunavik reach 163
Region seeing spike of infections of Omicron variant over past 2 weeks
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services reported 18 new COVID-19 cases across the region on Tuesday, bringing the active total up to 163.
Kangiqsualujjuaq has the highest active case count with 49, followed by Ivujivik with 34 cases and Puvirnituq with 26 cases. Those three communities remain under a “red” alert level, where only essential services such as grocery stores, health services, garages, municipal services, hotels and daycare services remain open. Schools are closed and private gatherings are prohibited.
All other Nunavik communities are under “orange+” restrictions, which the health board says “is the equivalent of the measures in the south” of Quebec. Only essential businesses remain open, and gatherings are limited to one household, but people who live alone may gather within a single household. Visitors are allowed essential support services in nursing homes.
Tuesday’s numbers topped 160 active cases in Nunavik for the first time since Nov. 22. Two weeks ago, active cases reached a low of nine, but that was before the Omicron variant began spreading in the region.
One in every 11 Nunavik residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in the outbreak that began in the fall. In Salluit, which has had the most cases, one in every three of the community’s 1,483 residents tested positive COVID-19.