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COVID-19 Update for Eeyou Istchee

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April 26
Vice-chairperson Christine Petawabano gives COVID-19 update on JBCCS

AS OF Monday, May 9, 2022

(Case numbers are updated every Monday)

Current outbreak in Eeyou Istchee (December 22 - present):

73 active cases || 6,448 recovered 

6 deaths || 52 hospitalizations 

6,529 = total cases


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (in March 2020):

  • 12 people have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee. *** (see note below)

Vaccination in Eeyou Istchee (Youth and Adult)

Regional proportions of vaccinated people

  • 58% of children (5-11) have received 2 doses
  • 28% of 12-17 have received 3 doses
  • 64% of 18-54 have received 3 doses
  • 21% of 55+ have received received 4 doses*

*2nd booster doses are offered to people aged 55+ since April 8, 2022

May 9, 2022 UPDATE

There are 73 active cases in Eeyou Istchee. 

Please note: New COVID-19 cases confirmed by rapid testing are no longer included in the regional case report. This includes cases confirmed by rapid tests done at home, or at a community site (firehall, commercial centre, etc).

  • Only cases diagnosed by clinical or lab-based tests will be reported at the regional level.
  • This will affect the regional case count, which will appear lower than the actual number of people infected with COVID-19.

Currently, about 4 out of 5 new cases in Eeyou Istchee are detected through rapid antigen testing. This proportion of cases confirmed by rapid testing has been consistent over several weeks.

People who do test positive for COVID-19 should continue to follow Medical Self-Isolation recommendations to prevent infecting others.



  • 73 active cases in Eeyou Istchee.
  • 6 people have died from COVID-19 related complications during the outbreak.
  • 52 people have been hospitalized during the outbreak. 
  • 6,448 cases have recovered.
  • Confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak: 6,682



Quebec records COVID-19 related deaths regionally based on peoples’ primary residence when they passed.

This means that COVID-19 related deaths added to Region 18 only include people who lived in Eeyou Istchee (as their primary residence) at the time of their passing.

Quebec’s reporting of COVID-19 related hospitalizations is also by region, and is based on peoples’ primary residence.

The Cree Health Board is aware of Eeyouch/Eenouch who lived outside of Eeyou Istchee when they passed away.

These people are not reflected in Quebec’s reported COVID-19 for Region 18.  They are included in the region of their primary residence when they died.

The Cree Health Board is also aware of Cree patients living long-term outside of Eeyou Istchee who have tested positive for COVID-19, and are, or have been hospitalized.




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. 


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. 



Please note: Public Health’s regional contact tracing team can’t call everyone who tests positive. 

People who test positive, or are a close contact to a positive case should tell their family and friends that they may have been exposed, so they can take needed measures and precautions. 


How to identify your contacts


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 infected with COVID-19 during the outbreak are presumed to have caught Omicron, and likely have short-term protective immunity against the variant that lasts about 3 months.
  • This immunity does not extend to other virus variants that may be in circulation.
  • 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.



***As conditions improve the Cree Nation will move to deconfine with caution depending on the status of COVID-19 cases. 

Phase 4: 

  • Indoor gatherings: No restrictions on number of households 
  • Outdoor gatherings: No restrictions on number of households
  • Gatherings: Maximum 50 people indoor; Maximum 150 people outdoor
  • Education: Adapted protocols until February 25; In-person as of February 28
  • Travel: No restrictions on travel except to areas of risk as per protocols
  • Work: Childcare services to be provided for all workers requiring service 

Phase 3:

  • Indoor gatherings: Maximum 3 households
  • Outdoor gatherings: Maximum 3 households
  • Gatherings: Maximum 25 people indoor; Maximum 75 people outdoor
  • Education: Adapted protocols (mix of online and in person)
  • Travel: No restrictions on inter-community travel, except to Areas of Risk
  • Work: Childcare services to be provided for all workers requiring service


Other measures such as curfews or entry requirements may be in effect in different communities. Updated information on local measures are available on Cree Nation Council Facebook pages or websites.


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.

  • Parents/guardians should complete the daily health check for their children.



COVID vaccination rates by community in Eeeyou Istchee as of April 25 2022
Map of Areas of Risk - February 8, 2022

Cree Nation Government Areas of Risk map for travellers

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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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People who travel to Eeyou Istchee from an Area of Risk must do testing and follow Reduced Activity Protocol required in each step of the Deconfinement Plan. This protocol is mandatory under new local laws in each community of Eeyou Istchee (Law Respecting Measures to Manage the Spread of COVID-19 through Mandatory Testing.) 

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

Call 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.  

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

Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline

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

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