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People who travelled outside Eeyou Istchee: Mandatory Self-Isolation Guidelines

Upon returning to your community, you must self-isolate according to the Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws in effect.

  • 10 days of isolation for people who are not fully vaccinated (1 dose), or who are not vaccinated at all. This includes children and youth 17 and younger.
  • 7 days of isolation for people who are fully vaccinated (2 doses).
  • Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws apply whether you drove or flew from an area of risk. 

Wiichihiituwin patients and escorts traveling to an area of risk by charter plane will split their isolation days. 

  • Patients and escorts required to isolate for 10 days will do 5/5 isolation (5 days in the south, 5 days in the community).  
  • Patients and escorts eligible to isolate for 7 days will do 2/5 isolation (2 days in the south, 5 days in the community).

You have 2 options for self-isolation:

  1. Isolate with members of your household as a “bubble”
  2. Isolate alone (in a separate with a door or another dwelling)

Please discuss these two options with all household members before you travel. Make sure that everyone involved clearly understands what the limitations will mean for them and that they agree to them.

A downloadable, printable guideline handout is available at the bottom of the page. Click on Cree Nation Government and Cree Health Board MSIL Guidelines (PDF).

ISOLATING WITH MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD AS A “BUBBLE”

STAY HOME & SELF-ISOLATE

  • You can isolate with members of your household if that's an option.
  • As much as possible, stay home with the members of your household with whom you traveled.
  • Try to limit time spent with household members who did not travel with you. Wear a mask, and try to keep your distance from one another.
  • Take precautions to keep your distance and wear a mask or face covering if you live with someone who has a severe medical condition, or is older than 70.
  • You can be around your children, but try to avoid prolonged, close contact if they are going to school (to prevent them from spreading the virus to school).
  • Avoid going to public places, or anywhere else you may be in contact with people who are not regular household members.
  • Groceries will need to be delivered or purchased before the isolation period begins.
  • You may talk to visitors outside your home in your yard, provided you wear a mask and maintain a 2-metre/6-foot distance.
  • Do not invite visitors into your home.  Put the sign “No Visitors Please” on your door. Avoid contact with people outside your household. | Download the No Visitors sign here (PDF)
  • You may spend time around your pets, but try to avoid direct contact with them.
  • Air out the house often by opening a window, temperature and weather permitting. When you need fresh air you can go outside, and must wear a mask (see 2 below).
  • You must remain 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people at all times, and you cannot go to work, school, stores, share rides or enter other public places.
  • If you start feeling sick, call your CMC or hospital to get tested.
  • If you have regular follow-ups at your local CMC or if you have another medical concern, please call instead of going in person.
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CARE FOR OTHERS

  • Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth (disposable or homemade) or a face covering whenever you go outside, or when you are in the same room as members of your household who are Elders (40+), people with serious medical conditions, or a caregiver. 
  • Throw the disposable mask into a closed garbage can after using it, then wash your hands. Wash your reusable mask or face covering with warm water and soap at least once a day.
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WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This destroys the virus.
  • Dry with a paper towel or with a cloth hand towel used only by you.
  • If soap and warm water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing 70% alcohol. Take special care to wash your hands before touching any common areas (for example in a shared bathroom).
  • If you cannot avoid your pet, wash your hands before and after touching it.
  • Pets are not at risk for COVID-19 but their fur and skin can carry the virus.
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COUGH AND SNEEZE INTO YOUR SLEEVE OR INTO A PAPER TISSUE

  • Use a paper tissue to cough, sneeze and wipe your nose.

  • Throw away the tissue into a closed garbage can then wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or sanitize them.

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DO NOT SHARE PERSONAL ITEMS DISINFECT SURFACES AND ITEMS FREQUENTLY

  • Do not share plates, utensils, cups, towels, sheets, clothing or any other items. Wash dishes and utensils with soap and water after each use, or use the dishwasher.
  • Disinfect surfaces and items frequently (especially doorknobs, light switches, handrails, etc.).
  • Prepare a disinfectant solution of 1 part household bleach (5%) to 9 parts water (e.g. 1 cup bleach and 9 cups water). Make the mix fresh everyday so it will remain effective.
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What is a household bubble?

A bubble is everyone from the same household who agrees to self-isolate from the moment the traveling person or group arrive home, for the number of required days.

Everyone in the household must agree in advance to complete the self-isolation period as a “bubble” from the rest of the community.

ISOLATING AS A BUBBLE IS NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIVE WITH:

  • Family members with high-risk factors, such as having a suppressed immune system, undergoing active treatment for cancer, receiving hemodialysis, or being older than 70. 
  • Essential workers (first responders, nurses, etc.) who aren't able to self-isolate at home because of their work.

 

CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL PSO IF OUTDOOR WALKS ALONE, OR ONLY WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR BUBBLE ARE ALLOWED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

If you can walk outside, please select a time and a place where you are less likely to come across other community members.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever (> 38°C)
  • Cough or worsening cough sudden
  • Loss of sense of smell without a stuffy nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Greater than usual fatigue

IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, CALL YOUR LOCAL CMC OR HOSPITAL

  • Please call your local CMC or the hospital in advance and let them know you travelled outside of Eeyou Istchee so they can provide you with specific instructions. Do not go to the CMC or hospital unless asked to do so by a healthcare professional.
  • If you have difficulty breathing, call your local CMC or hospital to let them know you are on your way.
  • Use a personal thermometer. If anyone else uses the same thermometer, disinfect it before and after using.
  • Take your temperature at the same time every day and make note of the readings.
  • If you are taking medication to lower your fever, wait at least 4 hours after taking it before taking your temperature.

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