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COVID-19 Update for Eeyou Istchee

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Bertie Wapachee provides COVID-19 update for June 30, 2022

Weekly Regional Update for Friday, August 5, 2022:

  • 43 active cases confirmed by clinical testing (PCR / ID Now). Rapid test results are not included in regional report.
  • 3 people are currently in hospital.
  • 87 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic.
  • 17 people have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee. *** (see note below)
  • 7,224 cases (since the start of the pandemic)


Vaccination in Eeyou Istchee - Regional proportions (updated monthly)

  • 56% of children 5-11 have received 2 doses
  • 29% of 12-17 have received 3 doses
  • 63% of 18+ have received 3 doses
  • 38% of 55+ have received received 4 doses*

*2nd booster doses are available to all people aged 55 and older and people under 55 with certain health conditions. 


August 5, 2022 UPDATE

There are 43 active cases in Eeyou Istchee, based on clinical / laboratory-based testing. 

  • COVID-19 cases confirmed by rapid testing (done at home or at a community site) are NOT included in the regional case report. 
  • As a result, the regional case count is lower than the actual number of people infected with COVID-19.

People who do test positive for COVID-19 should continue to follow medical self-isolation recommendations to prevent infecting others.

About 4 out of 5 new cases in Eeyou Istchee are detected through rapid antigen testing. 



Did you take an at-home rapid antigen test? Is it a positive result?

Take a photo of your test result and save it on your phone or tablet for your records. 

Please inform your Public Safety Officer (PSO) about your test result. 


You can catch the COVID-19 virus, carry it, and spread it to others even if you don’t have symptoms.

Make it a habit to get tested when you travel, before and after large gathering or events, and if you have symptoms.

Help keep the circle of protection strong!

COVID-19 Precautions

COVID-19 tests help detect infections to take action and reduce transmission. Testing is an important layer of protection against the virus.



People who test positive, or are a close contact to a positive case should  

Take our COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to find out which self-isolation guidelines apply to you in Eeyou Istchee.

  • Click HERE to start the questionnaire


How to identify your contacts

If you test positive for COVID-19, it's important to let your close contacts know right away, so they can take necessary precautions to protect tho


Medical isolation recommended in Eeyou Istchee:

  • 7 days for people who test positive for COVID-19
  • 7-14 days for people who are close contacts of a positive case (depending on whether they live with someone who has tested positive).
  • 10 days if you are immunosuppressed and have COVID-19 

People who are positive or close contacts can isolate three different ways:

  • in a household “bubble".
  • at home in a separate, closed room.
  • in a separate unit. 

If you are a close contact

If you think you’re a close contact of a positive case: Assume you are positive. We recommend that you take needed precautions.

  • We recommend that you isolate for 7 full days, even if you don’t have symptoms. Monitor yourself for symptoms during that time.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, please wait 3-5 days before calling for a test.
  • If you start to feel sick while you’re isolating, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.
  • Call anyone you have had close contact with 48 hours prior to the onset of your symptoms.


After a COVID-19 Infection


  • People should continue all precautionary measures after recovery (including wearing a mask when needed, handwashing, distancing).
  • Public Health recommends vaccination 8 weeks or sooner after a confirmed Covid-19 infection. Talk to a nurse about your options.


How to Obtain a Letter of Proof of Recovery from COVID-19

If you want to request a letter of Proof of Recovery, or of a negative COVID-19 test result, there are two options:

1. Call the Info-Line during regular hours (Monday – Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM) at 1-866-855-2811.

2. Or, email your request to:

  • Please mention which letter of proof you need: Proof of Recovery or of a Negative Result.
  • Please provide your full namedate of birth, and the email address where you would like to receive the letter of proof.



Please check with local officials for the community phase and measures in effect.


Cree School Board Measures

Public Health is collaborating with the Cree School Board to maintain and adjust COVID-19 protocols and safety measures in all sectors.

  • Masks are recommended but not mandatory. 



Map of vaccination coverage in each community of Eeyou Istchee as of August 1 2022
Map of Areas of Risk - February 8, 2022

Cree Nation Government Areas of Risk map for travellers

View the interactive map on

Reminder: Check with your PSO or Cree Nation council before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee for entry requirements specific to your community.

The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.

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COVID-19 tests help detect infections to take action and reduce transmission. Testing is an important layer of protection against the virus.

Rapid tests are used in Eeyou Istchee to increase testing capacity to respond to the continued spread and community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Rapid tests are an important tool in the new Deconfinement Plan in effect in Eeyou Istchee.  

Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information

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Or: Inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number. 

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Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request 

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Sat, Jan 9 2021

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