COVID-19 cases in Nunavik drop to 261

Nunavik reported 78 new cases and 146 recoveries across the region since Jan. 14

While Nunavik generally saw more recoveries than new COVID-19 cases across the region over this past weekend, Kuujjuaq reported 33 new cases, for a total of 65 cases. (File photo by Sarah Rogers)

By Nunatsiaq News

There were 261 active COVID-19 cases across Nunavik as of Monday.

Over the weekend, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services reported 78 new cases and 146 recoveries across the region.

Kangirsuk was moved to “red alert” on Monday after reporting nine new cases, for a total of 12 active cases. It is one of eight communities under a complete shutdown of non-essential businesses and services.

Akulivik and Umiujaq were the only communities to not report any new COVID-19 cases, and they remain under “orange-plus” restrictions with Inukjuak, Aupaluk, Kuujjuarapik and Quaqtaq. That means daycares in these communities are open, indoor gatherings are not allowed, and outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people.

Kuujjuaq reported the largest three-day increase with 33 new cases, for a total of 65 active cases. Puvirnituq still has the highest active case count with 83 after reporting 10 new cases over the course of three days.

Kangiqsualujjuaq reported a significant drop in active cases. The community reported 40 active cases on Monday after reporting 55 recoveries over the weekend. However, there were 11 new cases reported over the course of three days.

“Each Nunavimmiut has the responsibility to do their part during this health crisis,” the health board wrote in a French-language post on Facebook Monday. “By following public health’s measures, you make a big difference in keeping the region safe.”

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