All of Nunavik put on ‘red alert’ due to Omicron spread
Schools and daycares can open, but all non-essential services are shut down
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services has put the entire region on “red alert” due to concerns about the fast spread of COVID-19’s Omicron variant.
The health board announced the restrictions Tuesday on Facebook, stating that it’s “just a matter of time until Omicron will spread in all communities” in Nunavik.
The new restrictions allow only essential services to remain open. Non-essential activities are cancelled and visits between people living in different households are prohibited.
Schools and daycares can open, and outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 20 people are allowed. Churches are only allowed to open for funerals with a capacity of 25 people.
Only essential travel is allowed between communities, and a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. remains in effect.
“Everyone is asked to do their part to keep Omicron under control as much as possible,” states a Facebook post by the board.
“Everyone can make a difference by following the measures, respecting isolation and getting vaccinated.”
Nunavik reported 260 active COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, down by one from the day before. There were 28 reported new cases, as well as 29 new recoveries.
COVID-19 remains active in every Nunavik community except Akulivik, Inukjuak and Umiujaq. New cases were reported in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Kuujjuaq, Kuujjuarapik and Quaqtaq.
The health board released a COVID-19 overview for reported cases between Dec. 17 and Jan. 12. Of the 741 positive cases over that period, nearly two-thirds were adults 18 and older. Nine people were hospitalized in the region, but nobody has been sent south for treatment.