Kuujjuaraapik reports new COVID-19 case
Nunavik health board says vaccination campaign should start in February
Nunavik health officials confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in Kuujjuaraapik this week.
In a Jan. 5 release, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said the case is not related to another COVID-19 case detected in the community just last week.
The community member who most recently tested positive for the virus was likely infected while visiting the south, the health board said. Public Health has identified what it called “low-risk” contacts and asked those individuals to isolate and get tested.
On Jan. 2, Nunavik’s Raglan mine also reported a new case of COVID-19 among one of its workers. That employee was also infected in the south and is currently in isolation, according to the health board.
No one in Nunavik is considered to have had significant contact with the individual, including Nunavimmiut working at the mine site.
The regional health has confirmed that Nunavik will receive the Moderna vaccine, though officials are still working out the details of the rollout in the region.
The health board should be able to start vaccinating Nunavimmiut in February, or sooner if possible, it said Jan. 5
Nunavimmiut who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste and small, should contact the COVID health line 1-888-662-7482 or call their local health centre.