1 case of COVID-19 leads to closure in the community of Kangirsuk, in northern Quebec

A positive case of COVID-19 in Kangirsuk, Quebec has resulted in the closure of all non-essential public places in the community, according to regional public health officials.

The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services said the community of about 500 people reached a red alert level on Saturday evening. In a statement, the council said the positive case was not a traveler.

The red alert means all non-essential places, including the school, youth center, community center and church, will be closed until further notice, the council said.

Essential locations, such as the store and clinic, and essential municipal services will continue to function.

The red alert also means people are not allowed to have guests outside of their direct homes, and all flights to and from the community were canceled on Sunday.

Only essential travel is allowed, the board said.

Travelers leaving Kangirsuk should be screened for COVID-19 before boarding and, if not fully immunized, quarantined for 10 days and be screened upon arrival in another community.

Quarantine and screening are not, however, required for people returning to Kangirsuk from other communities in the Nunavik region, the board said.

“There is a significant increase in COVID-19 activity in the region. Measures are in place to protect communities and getting vaccinated will improve safety for everyone. ”

In a sunday update, the council said there was only one active case of COVID in Kangirsuk, two active cases in Inukjuak and 10 active cases in Ivujivik, which is also on red alert.

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