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People who travelled outside Eeyou Istchee: Instructions on 2 options for self-isolation

Upon returning to your community, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

  • 14 days after your arrival if you were driving or flying by regular Air Creebec flight
  • 7 days after your arrival, if you were flying on CHB Air Charter (+ 7 days self-isolation before your flight)

You have 2 options for self-isolation:

  1. Be confined in your room alone with your own bathroom
  2. Self-isolate within your immediate household as a “bubble”

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.

 

Option 1: BE CONFINED IN YOUR ROOM ALONE WITH YOUR OWN BATHROOM

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STAY HOME & SELF-ISOLATE

  • If you live with others who did not travel, remain alone in your bedroom with the door closed especially if you start feeling sick. Eat and sleep alone, always in the same room.
  • If possible, use a bathroom not used by anyone else. Close the toilet lid before flushing. Wash your hands afterwards. Disinfect the bathroom after each use.
  • Do NOT invite visitors into your home. Put the sign “No Visitors Please” on your door. Avoid contact with other people and pets in the home. | Download the sign (PDF)
  • Air out the house often by opening a window, temperature and weather permitting. If you need fresh air, stay in a private area (i.e. backyard or balcony).
  • If you have regular follow-ups at your local CMC or if you have a medical concern, please call instead of going in person.
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WHEN CONTACT IS UNAVOIDABLE

  • Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth whenever anyone else is in the same room as you (such as a caregiver).
  • If you need to leave home for medical reasons, please call the CMC or hospital for instructions and wear a mask.
  • Throw the disposable mask into a closed garbage can once used, then wash your hands. Wash your reusable mask 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.

Upon your return, you can also choose to self-isolate with your family, all together as a “bubble”.

Option 2: SELF-ISOLATE WITHIN YOUR IMMEDIATE HOUSEHOLD AS A “BUBBLE”

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

 

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What is a bubble?

A bubble is everyone from the same household who agrees to self-isolate from the moment the travelling person arrives, for the whole required period, even if they have stayed in Eeyou Istchee the whole time.

ADVANTAGES OF BEING IN A BUBBLE

No need to:

Self-isolate from one another inside of the household

  • Wear a mask while in the home together
  • Maintain 2-metre (6-foot) distancing in the home Have their own room or bathroom
  • You might need to inform your PSO about who is in your family bubble.
  • A notification of isolation can be filled for every member of your household living with you during your isolation period.

 

IT IS RECOMMENDED NOT TO CHOOSE THIS OPTION IF YOU LIVE WITH:

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

 

NO ONE IN A HOUSEHOLD “BUBBLE”:

Don't leave the house

LEAVES THE HOUSE

Except for essential medical needs

No shopping

GOES SHOPPING

Groceries will need to be delivered or purchased before the isolation period begins

No school

GOES TO PUBLIC PLACES

like school or the park

No visitors

HAS VISITORS AT THE HOUSE

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.

 

Did you know?

If no symptoms develop, you can come out of isolation 

  • 14 days after your arrival if you were driving or flying by regular Air Creebec flight
  • 7 days after your arrival, if you were flying on CHB Air Charter

Watch for symptoms & take your temperature every day

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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