There are now 544 active cases in Eeyou Istchee and evidence of community transmission, which means Public Health can’t track links between cases.
- 544 active cases in Eeyou Istchee.
- 252 active cases in coastal communities.
- 292 active cases in inland communities.
- 6 people have been hospitalized during the outbreak.
- Four remain in hospital.
- Two people have been discharged.
285 cases have recovered.
Confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak: 829
HOW LONG IS MEDICAL ISOLATION?
People who test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive must follow medical isolation precautions.
If you think you are a contact of a positive case: Assume you are positive. Take needed precautions.
- Self-isolate for 10 days.
- Isolate even if you don’t have symptoms.
- 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.
- If you don’t have symptoms, please wait 3-5 days before calling for a test.
If you don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic)
- Self-isolate for 10 days.
- Monitor your symptoms during that time.
- If you develop symptoms, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.
- If you don’t develop symptoms, wait at 3-5 days before calling for a test.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR COVID-19 TEST RESULT
Once you get your COVID-19 test result, whether positive or negative, please see instructions below (click on the box) to understand what you have to do next.
Rapid Tests in Eeyou Istchee
If people are isolating, and take a rapid test, and it is negative, they should continue isolating and do a 2nd test.
Rapid antigen tests are now available in Eeyou Istchee to increase our overall testing capacity. These DIY nasal swabs can tell you within minutes if you have COVID-19 or not, but when should you use one and what should you do with the result?
When Do I Get My Test Results?
Starting January 6, people who take a COVID-19 screening test at the CMC or the Chisasibi Hospital will have access to automatic disclosure of their test results by text message.
When people go for a test at the CMC or Hospital, they will need to provide the healthcare worker with a valid cellphone number in order to get their test results by text.
Starting January 6, individuals who take a COVID-19 screening test at the CMC or the Chisasibi Hospital will have access to automatic disclosure of test results by text message.
When people go for a test, they will need to provide the healthcare worker with a valid cellphone number where they agree to receive their test result.
Some CMC services may be reduced because of staffing shortages. Emergency services, vaccination and testing are still offered.
Do you have a non-urgent health issue? Call Info-Santé (dial 811) to consult with a nurse 24/7.
- Vaccination is available for children, youth and adults at the CMCs.
- Public Health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children get vaccinated.
Double vaccination and a booster shot increases protection against the Omicron variant, severe illness and hospitalization.
- People who are 18 years and older, and who got their 2nd dose at least 3 months ago can get a booster shot.
- People who are immunocompromised should get a third dose.
PHASE 1 MEASURES
- No indoor or outdoor private gatherings with people who are not members of the immediate household.
- Intercommunity travel within Eeyou Istchee is prohibited except for essential reasons.
- Travel outside of Eeyou Istchee is prohibited except for essential reasons.
- Essential local businesses remain open (such as grocery stores, gas stations, repair services).
- Essential Services provided.
- Childcare services are provided for Essential Service workers.
Other measures are in effect in different communities. Updated information on local measures are available on Cree Nation Council Facebook pages or websites.
HOW TO HELP
- Encourage your family and friends to follow isolation instructions, and support them however you can.
- Follow all community measures in place, including household bubbles, travel limits and reduced social contacts.
- Wear a procedural (medical) mask properly to cover your nose and mouth snugly in all indoor public places, and at work.
- Respect the 2-metre physical distancing measure.
- Consult reliable and credible sources of information.
- Learn more about Covid-19 and how the virus spreads.
Video highlights from the COVID-19 Livestream (December 31, 2021) on the outbreak in Eeyou Istchee. Highlights include messages from CBHSSJB leaders, and answers to frequently asked questions.