What to do when active cases rise in a community

Fluctuations in number of active cases are expected and normal. Therefore, transient increases of positive cases may occur in the next days and weeks. There is no reason to worry, but it is recommended to remain vigilant and continue to apply the preventives measures to protect yourself and your community. Schools, store and workplaces remain open for the moment and no need for closures is anticipated right now.

How can you contribute to your protection, the one of your loved ones, and the community?

1. Continue to apply sanitary measures
  • Wearing mask in public indoor places is very important to reduce the spreading of COVID-19, particularly in places where many people gather such as the store.
  • Respect the other preventive measures, such as distancing and frequent hand washing.
2. Get protected from COVID-19 and its severe forms with vaccination

Vaccination protects against severe forms of COVID-19 and thereby, reduce risk of medevacs.

  • Check if you are up to date in the number of doses you should have received by now to be well protected.
  • Encourage loved ones to get their first dose of vaccine or to get their additional dose to be well protected.
3. Use rapid tests to know if you have COVID-19

Make sure you always have tests at home. You don’t need to be sick to have tests at your disposal. Tests are for every household, sick or not.

Where can you get them?

At the NV, except for Puvirnituq (found at the health center) and Kuujjuaq (found at the tent 1)

If you have symptoms or have been in contact with a positive case:

If your test is negative, do a second test the next day. If it it still negative, you can resume your activities.

If your test is positive, call the COVID-info line at 1-888-662-7482 and select option 3.

If you are a vulnerable person, meaning you are an elder and/or have a weak immune system and/or have a chronic disease and/or are not vaccinated and/or are pregnant, please contact the CLSC/Nursing Station if you have a positive test, if you are a contact, or if you have symptoms. The CLSC/Nursing station may want to run a lab test.

Know that medication against COVID-19 now exists to prevent severe illness for vulnerable people.

4. Monitor symptoms related to COVID-19
  • Fever (≥ 38eC or 100.4eF) or chills
  • Unusual cough
  • Shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or chest pain
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Sore muscles


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