Nunavik health officials declare two more COVID-19 infections in Puvirnituq
Regional tally now stands at 16
There are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Puvirnituq, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said on Sunday afternoon.
These two new cases bring the number of people with confirmed COVID-19 infections to 16 in Nunavik.
Of these, 14 live in Puvirnituq, home to about 1,900 people.
“These cases were confirmed through laboratory testing. The tests were done as a precautionary measure for people who had been in contact with known cases and who were already in isolation,” the health board said in its online statement.
The tests were done to see if the residents’ self-isolation periods could be lifted or not.
“In light of these positive tests, their isolation period will need to be extended,” the health board said.
There are two other COVID-19 cases in Nunavik: one in Inukjuak, and another in Salluit.
Meanwhile, the health board said three people infected with COVID-19 have recovered in Puvirnituq, bringing the total number of recovered people to 10 (nine in Puvirnituq and one in Salluit).
Last week, in an interview with Nunatsiaq News, Dr. Marie Rochette, Nunavik’s director of the public health, said Nunavik is likely to see more cases of COVID-19.
“The infection is so contagious, and so many people have it outside the region, that we expect to have other cases,” Rochette said.
As of April 26, Santé Québec said there were 24,107 cases of COVID-19 in Quebec.
If you are in Nunavik and are concerned that you may have COVID-19, you can call the number below to speak to a nurse in Inuktitut, English or French.
COVID-19 HEALTH LINE: 1-888-662-7482
Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you are in Nunavik and have general questions about COVID-19, you can call the number below to speak to a health board worker.
COVID-19 INFO LINE: 1-833-301-0296
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.