Ivujivik resident dies from COVID-19 complications
5 Nunavik residents have died from COVID-19, according to government data
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.