Ivujivik resident dies from COVID-19 complications

5 Nunavik residents have died from COVID-19, according to government data

An Ivujivik resident has been confirmed as Nunavik’s fifth death from COVID-19 complications. (File photo by Sarah Rogers)

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An Ivujivik resident has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.

The health board announced the death in a Facebook post, expressing condolences to the family, and encouraging residents to seek counselling, if needed.

“The NRBHSS shares the sadness in the recent loss of one of our fellow Nunavimmiut,” states the post. “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and the communities during this difficult time.”

Nunavik has seen five COVID-19 deaths, according to data from the board and Quebec government. This most recent death occurred less than two months after a Kuujjuaq resident was the first person to die from COVID-19 complications in the region on Nov. 19.

Josee Levesque, a spokesperson for the board, confirmed the person who died was an Ivujivik resident, but did not provide specifics about them, such as age or vaccination status.

Ivujivik had a 61 per cent vaccination rate as of Dec. 17, according to the health board’s most recent data for immunization rate by community. Ivujivik is also located over 260 kilometres from the nearest hospital, in Puvirnituq.

Active COVID-19 cases across Nunavik saw a major spike on Wednesday. The board reported 68 new cases for an active total of 361.

Puvirnituq surpassed Kangiqsualujjuaq as the community with the most active cases after reporting 33 new cases and an active total of 104. Kangiqsualujjuaq’s numbers remain high with 92 active cases, but no new cases were reported on Wednesday. Kuujjuaq also saw a jump with 12 new cases on Wednesday and an active total of 50.

While COVID-19 remains active in every community in Nunavik, the board also reported 19 new COVID-19 recoveries across the region.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Weber Jeannine Marguerite on

    So sad. My condolence to the family.

  2. Posted by Condolences on

    Condolences to the family , and people of ivujivik. It’s sad. It would serve the population well if more could be known about the death of anyone that passes away from coved or covid related, in this time of putting all our efforts into living with this pandemic. It would also do an honour to the deceased person. We need not make a death in vain, but to show that it’s not just a number, but a real person that passed away. That person that passed was just like us all in this struggle, and surely he or she would have wanted Nunavik to know just how the battle was lose. Was it a vulnerability or something we all could do better in the name of that person?

  3. Posted by Condolences on

    Condolences to the family. That’s one of our own that struggled like us all. What we can learn , and not make this death just another number in the daily counts. Was this person a vulnerable individual that got expose somehow from the general behaviours ? Did he or she have some other battle and covid exasperated the condition? Or did this person have something to teach us all as we live out our struggles in this pandemic. It would be a great honour to this death if we not let it be in vain. If you can , just take notice of the denial and silence we have in Nunavik. It’s an illness that even our health authority takes part in. This person that lost the battle would want us all to know if there’s something we can do better. Sometimes we are just victims of doing our best anyway, and even that should not be a secret that furthers our illnesses.

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