Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed among Nunavik residents staying outside the region

Health board asks people to continue to avoid non-essential travel

A scene from the Canadian North passenger waiting area at the Montreal airport. Nunavik health officials say two Nunavimmiut have tested positive for COVID-19 out of the region. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavik health officials say two Nunavimmiut have tested positive for COVID-19 outside of the region.

According to a news release from the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, both individuals tested positive for the virus during a stay in the south. They remain in the south, isolating.

The health board did not indicate where the individuals were staying nor if the cases were related to a small outbreak at the Ullivik patient residence in Montreal.

The cases come two days after an airline passenger who took a flight between Montreal and Puvirnituq tested positive.

“For two weeks, there has been an increase of infections among travellers and among Nunavimmiut who spend time in the south,” the board said in post on its Facebook page.

“We reiterate to all to be vigilant and to avoid non-essential travel.”

Anyone who has travelled from Nunavik to the south must be screened before departure, health officials said, then comply with quarantine measures once in Nunavik and be retested seven days after arriving in the region.

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