The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services says that a new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Kuujjuaraapik. (File photo)

New COVID-19 case confirmed in Kuujjuaraapik

“We have no evidence of circulation of the virus in the community at the moment”

By Nunatsiaq News

A new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Kuujjuaraapik, according to the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.

“The person likely got infected down south,” the health board said in a social media post on Tuesday, Sept. 22. “The person has not been in any public place while contagious and is currently isolated. A few persons were in significant contact. They are being reached, tested and isolated. We have no evidence of circulation of the virus in the community at the moment.”

There have been 17 other confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region since last April, but they were all contained to three communities: Puvirnituq, Inukjuak and Salluit. There have been no deaths from the virus in Nunavik.

In recent weeks, there was an possible exposure to COVID-19 reported in Kangirsuk, though no one was infected, while another Nunavik resident tested positive for the virus in the south.

The health board asks that Nunavik residents follow guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Everyone should keep up with basic measures such as wearing a mask in public places, washing hands, keeping a two-metre distance, coughing and sneezing in the elbow, and staying home when flu-like symptoms are present,” it said.

Residents with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should visit their health centre to be tested, the health board said. These symptoms include fever, unusual cough, difficulty breathing and the loss of sense of smell.

The health board also asks residents to follow the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days after spending time outside the region.

“Having COVID-19 is a stressful event,” it said. “We encourage anyone who has information about the person and the contacts to show support and respect their privacy.”

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(7) Comments:

  1. Posted by Margaret on

    I want to have a paid subscription to your paper. Is there a way this is possible? I so appreciate the service you provide and as a small newspaper business person know how difficult it is at times.

    • Posted by UNGAVA on

      Is this the second wave ?

  2. Posted by Report on

    When giving out information on local fm the Nunavik regional board should do so in three languages. After all it’s a regional board for all Nunavik residents. In kuujjuaq via fm , a person comes on radio from the board reading only in one language. That’s unprofessional , unethical and totally unacceptable, given all the language resources available.

  3. Posted by Kukkukulluk on

    If it is in French only, it is perfectly legal. Quebec is French only.

    • Posted by Nunavimmiuk on

      I can say this is kinda true. At my workplace we have safety meetings in french and I just sit there respectfully. My colleagues fill me up after especially if its important.

    • Posted by Bonjour on

      Well if you’re French and you live in Nunavik, you can only do so by speaking English and or Inuktitut, French is not that useful in the field here. I bet if you’re a French speaking person , you speak English everyday at work , like it or not

  4. Posted by Locally on

    I heard the fm having a Nunavik health worker , speaking the message only in Inuktitut, which is the main language in Nunavik, . But all three languages should be used for all the population whereby the message pertains to the health and well being of all citizens.

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