New COVID-19 case confirmed in Kuujjuaraapik
“We have no evidence of circulation of the virus in the community at the moment”
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.”