Nunavik’s COVID-19 death toll reaches 8
Regional health board says it can’t provide dates or locations of deaths
Eight people in Nunavik have died with COVID-19, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services confirmed on Thursday.
The board confirmed three additional deaths since Jan. 13, when it was announced that an Ivujivik resident had accounted for the region’s fifth COVID-19 death.
The health board would not say where and when each of the deaths occurred.
“We are gathering the information and looking at what is possible to give out or not,” said spokesperson Josee Levesque in an email.
All of Nunavik’s COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic have occurred in a period of less than three months. A Kuujjuaq resident accounted for the region’s first death on Nov. 19.
Nunavik remains under a strict lockdown as COVID-19 continues to spread across the region.
The health board reported 35 new cases and 251 active cases across the region on Wednesday. Kuujjuaq reported 15 new cases and maintains the highest active case count with 124. Puvirnituq reported 11 new cases, with active cases down to 31.
Akulivik, Aupaluk and Kangiqsualujjuaq were the only communities in the region reporting zero active cases.
On Wednesday, the health board released an overview of hospitalizations in the region on its Facebook page, covering the period between Dec. 17 and Jan. 19. It shows 14 people were hospitalized over that period. There were 13 medical evacuations as well — 10 within the region and three from the region to the south.
The health board’s COVID-19 “vaccination blitz” is set to continue through the end of the month and the first few weeks of February. In addition to COVID-19 vaccine doses for everyone five and older, the health board is using the blitz to offer residents immunizations for hepatitis A, which is also spreading in Nunavik.
Hep A vaccine doses are available to children ages 18 months to nine years, as well as adults born between 1970 and 1981.
This story has been updated to reflect the fact that eight people from Nunavik have died with COVID-19. An earlier version of the story said they died from COVID-19 complications.