Nunavik health officials report new case of COVID-19, outside region
“The individual will not return to Nunavik until there is no risk of contagion”
Nunavik health authorities are reporting a new case of COVID-19 today, though they say the case poses no threat to the region.
That’s because the confirmed case is linked to a Nunavik resident who is currently outside the region, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
“The individual will not return to Nunavik until there is no risk of contagion,” the health board said in a Sept. 9 release. “Rest assured that the individual has not been in any contact with anyone in Nunavik.”
The health board did not indicate when the individual left the region or where they tested positive for the virus.
But due to the person’s residency status, the Government of Quebec’s website includes this new case in its statistics for the region of Nunavik.
Nunavik has seen a total of 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since last April, contained to three communities, though there have been no deaths.
Health authorities hope to maintain strict regulations around travel to and from Nunavik, especially now that Canadian North and Air Inuit have resumed flights between the North and south.
Nunavik health officials are reminding travellers to the region that they must continue to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.
The Quebec government announced in late August that it was reducing the period of isolation for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms from 14 days to 10. But the new measure does not apply to the required 14-day quarantine for people travelling to Nunavik.
Travellers must complete that quarantine either in the south, in Nunavik, or a combination of both, before they can circulate freely in Nunavik communities.
Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or comes into contact with a person with a confirmed case must also do preventive isolation for a 14-day period.