Nunavik residents quarantine after contact with COVID-19 case
17 people had ‘significant contact’ with someone who tested positive in Kuujjuaq earlier this week, health board says
Nunavik health officials have ordered 17 residents to self-isolate for two weeks after they had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in Kuujjuaq earlier this week.
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services announced a new case of the virus in Kuujjuaq on Wednesday.
The health board said the person was infected in the south before testing positive in the community, where they are now in isolation.
But a public health investigation has since identified 17 “significant contacts” from Kuujjuaq and other villages in the Ungava region, according to a news release issued by the health board Thursday.
“As a precautionary measure, they have all been placed in isolation and will be screened,” the health board said.
“Given the short response times, these people do not pose a risk to their community.”
The health board did not indicate if the infected person was a resident of Nunavik or a front-line worker on shift in the region, nor did the board say how or when the person would have had contact with others.
There are currently no other active cases of COVID-19 in the region.
Vaccination clinics are currently being held in communities across Nunavik; Nunavimmiut can see a schedule here.
Any Nunavimmiut who have symptoms of the virus — including fever, an unusual cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, a runny nose or sore throat — should contact the region’s COVID health line at 1-888-662-7482.