Kangirsuk put on ‘red alert’ due to rising COVID-19 cases

Community had 3 active cases heading into last weekend, Nunavik health board says

Kangirsuk is the eighth Nunavik community to be put on read alert after the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said there was “highly suspected” community spread of COVID-19 on Monday. (File Photo by Jessie Takulik)

By Nunatsiaq News

Kangirsuk has been put on “red alert” after the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services says the community reported an increase in COVID-19 cases and “highly suspected” community transition.

On Friday, Kangirsuk reported only three active cases, according to the health board’s most recent case count. By Monday afternoon, it had not posted the number of cases that prompted it to move Kangirsuk to red alert.

The new restrictions include a “complete shutdown” of non-essential gathering and services. Kangirsuk is the eighth community to be put on “red alert.” The other communities include Kangiqsujuaq, Ivujivik, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Puvirnituq, Salluit and Tasiujaq.

The rest of the region is under “orange-plus” restrictions, with most non-essential services closed, and only essential gatherings and visits permitted.

On Friday, Nunavik reported 329 active cases, 39 of which were new since Thursday. Puvirnituq had the highest number of active cases with 111. Kangiqsualujjuaq had the second highest with 84.

The region had 59 new recoveries on Friday.

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