More COVID-19 cases uncovered in Ivujivik

There are now 7 active cases in the Nunavik community

Many services in Ivujivik are closed as public health officials have discovered several COVID-19 cases in the community over the past several days. (Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

By Nunatsiaq News

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ivujivik has grown to seven after an original case was uncovered on Oct. 8.

Public health officials are working to identify people the affected individuals have had contact with so they can be screened and isolated, according to an update from the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.

“We ask the population to demonstrate compassion during these times,” board spokesperson Josee Levesque wrote in an announcement emailed Monday night.

“Many people are in isolation or under observation and it’s not easy.” 

Services such as the church, daycare, school and community centre are closed as Ivujivik remains under a code red alert for COVID-19 spread. The store, nursing station, police station and other essential workers remain on the job.

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving weekend for public health officials in Nunavik.

Monday’s announcement came after the health board announced two positive cases in Ivujivik Sunday evening.

The board is also working to identify the source of a COVID-19 case that may have originated in Kuujjuaq or Puvirnituq, according to a Saturday statement from the board.

The statement on Saturday said the Oct. 8 case in Ivujivik is not related to the case of unknown origin, but officials have not said whether a connection is still ruled out after the discovery of new cases in the community.

The person who contracted COVID-19 in either Kuujjuaq or Puvirnituq is no longer in the Nunavik region, and all services in these communities remain open.

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