Nunavik resident tests positive for COVID-19 outside region

The region is otherwise considered low risk

Despite a new COVID-19 case being confirmed in a Nunavik resident outside the region, all 14 of Nunavik’s communities are currently considered “low risk,” meaning there have been no cases of COVID-19 associated with those communities for a period of at least four weeks. (Image courtesy of the NRBHSS)

By Nunatsiaq News

A resident of Nunavik has tested positive for COVID-19 outside the region this week.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said on Nov. 11 that the individual has not had any significant contact with people who are currently in Nunavik, and no longer presents a risk of spreading the virus.

The health board did not indicate where and when the individual tested positive.

Nunavik has seen a handful of people test positive for the virus in and outside the region in recent weeks, though all of them have now recovered.

According to the region’s own alert-level map, all 14 of Nunavik’s communities are currently considered “low risk,” meaning there have been no cases of COVID-19 associated with those communities for at least four weeks.

Still, health officials are advising Nunavimmiut to avoid any non-essential travel, as southern travel hubs like Montreal and Quebec City remain on high alert.

Current regulations allow travel to and from the region but require all travellers to be screened before boarding a flight to Nunavik, or to present a negative COVID-19 test result from within 96 hours of their departure, followed by a second test seven days after arriving in the region.

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