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COVID-19 Test: When do I need one?

COVID-19 testing keeps the circle of protection strong


  • COVID-19 tests help detect infections so we can take action to reduce spreading it to people around us.
  • Taking a COVID-19 test is an important layer of protection to detect and control the virus in our communities. 
  • Make it a habit to get tested when recommended. Help keep the circle of protection strong around your family and community. 
The ihiibisch is a circle of protection in Cree culture

Testing helps detect infections


  • COVID-19 tests help us know when people are infected with the virus, whether they have symptoms or not. 
  • Some people don’t have any symptoms (asymptomatic) or have very mild symptoms. 
  • Anyone who catches COVID-19 can transmit the virus to people around them, whether they have symptoms or not. 
  • People who catch COVID-19 can transmit the virus to people around them, even if they are vaccinated.


Keep the circle of protection strong: Get tested


  • It's important to find out if you are infected so you can avoid making other people sick. 
  • Testing provides knowledge for people so they can take steps and actions to reduce transmission to their family and community members. 
The ihiibisch is a circle of protection in Cree culture
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When should I take a COVID-19 test?


  • If you have any symptoms or feel sick.
  • Symptoms could be: a cough, tiredness, fever, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, aches and pains.
  • If you've had recent contact with someone who has COVID-19 (for example, you visited a family member or shared a car ride with someone).

If any of these situations happens, you can get tested at the CMC or Hospital, or use a rapid test. 

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?


  • If you're fully vaccinated, you have a strong layer of protection against severe COVID-19 disease.
  • The vaccine protects people against severe disease and hospitalization.
  • People who are vaccinated have a lower chance of becoming infected, but they can still catch COVID-19.
  • When that happens, they can still pass on the virus to people around them.
  • Any person who catches COVID-19 can pass it on to people around them, whether they've had their vaccines or not. 


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.  

The Cree Board of Health recommends you wear a mask in certain situations to protect yourself and people around you.

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