Nunavik in Northern Quebec reports first case of Covid-19

Nunavik

The community of Salluit, located in the Inuit territory of Nunavik in sub-arctic Quebec, has its first confirmed case of Covid-19, according to the Kativik Regional Government (KRG).

The release, sent out Saturday evening, said poice in the community are enforcing a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

All flights to and from the fly in community of 1,500 are cancelled except for “extreme exceptions”.

A separate press release from the Nunavik Regional Board of Heath and Social Services (NRBHSS), states that, “the patient is still currently sharing a house with others but is isolated in a specific room and hygiene measures are being strictly applied.”

Quebec has been one of the hardest hit provinces as jurisdictions across the country are fighting to contain the spread.

At the time of this posting, 2,298 people have tested positive for the virus. Twenty-two people have died.

Across the country, 5,380 people are infected. Fifty-six people have died.

“Ever since the patient was tested, she was put under home isolation and a list of close contacts was gathered. The health authorities are ensuring all proper follow-ups with everyone concerned. The patient is aware of the situation and is doing well,” said Dr. Marie Rochette, regional director of Public Health at the NRBHSS in a statement.

Salluit, located 1,861 km north of Montreal, near the Hudson Strait is one of fourteen villages in the Nunavik region.

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