Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq put on ‘red alert,’ Nunavik reaches 283 COVID-19 cases
Health board says it’s having trouble reaching residents to return test results
Kuujjuaq and Tasiujaq has been added to Nunavik’s list of communities under a “red alert” level as COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the region.
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services reported eight new positive cases in the community on Thursday evening, contributing to an active total of 12 cases. Tasiujaq has a population of under 400.
Under these restrictions, only essential services such as the store, co-op, health clinic and daycare remain open. All other non-essential businesses have been closed and activities have been cancelled.
Tasiujaq was the fourth community placed under these restrictions, joining Ivujivik, Puvirnituq and Kangiqsualujjuaq. Kuujjuaq became the fifth municipality added to red alert after the health board announced there was community spread, Friday afternoon. There were 34 cases in Kuujjuaq, the region’s biggest village, as of Thursday.
The rest of Nunavik is under “orange-plus” restrictions, which allow essential businesses to remain open, and only people who live alone to gather within a single household. Visitors are allowed for essential support services in nursing homes. These restrictions are the same as in the rest of Quebec.
The health board reported 85 new cases across the region on Thursday. The number of active cases reached 283, up from 214 the day before. The board also reported 16 new recoveries.
Kangiqsualujjuaq maintains the highest active case count. The village, which has a population of around 900, reported 27 new cases on Thursday, and a total of 110 active cases.
The health board says it has been delayed in delivering test results to residents due rising demands for tests, as well as issues contacting patients. People who are waiting for test results are advised to stay home until they have their results.
“We ask to people that are getting screened to give a valid phone number and/or email address as well as a phone number from a close and reliable person in the community,” the board posted on Facebook.
“If the person that tested positive cannot be contacted directly, the contact person will be able to follow public health instructions in order to safely communicate the result to the concerned person.”