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5 new COVID-19 cases confirmed at Espresso Hotel

September 5, 2021

On Saturday, September 4, Public Health confirmed five more people staying at Espresso Hotel in Montreal tested positive for COVID-19. All had been previously identified as close contacts of infected people, and were already isolating.


Four cases are patients and escorts who are residents of Eeyou Istchee.

One case involves a Wichiihiituwin employee, and this case is not counted in Eeyou Istchee (Region 18).

The employee was working at Espresso with strict protective measures in place required by COVID-19 protocol, that include wearing personal protective equipment and working behind plexiglass. There is no evidence of transmission from this person, as a result of their work, to any patient or escort.

The few contacts connected to these cases are isolating and being tested.

A mobile testing clinic at Espresso was held on Friday, September 3 as an added precaution, given the recent cases involving Cree patients and escorts. The clinic was a success. 117 people volunteered to take a screening test (109 patients and escorts, and 8 staff members).

No additional infections have been confirmed from these screening tests.

The Cree Health Board thanks everyone − Wichiihiituwin patients and escorts, and staff − for their cooperation with this mass testing effort. Testing helps trace any possible chains of transmission of the virus to reduce potential further spread. If any more positive results are confirmed, further contact tracing will be done.

Public Health considers the situation at Espresso to be contained. Wichiihiituwin continues to implement Covid-19 precautions to ensure that Espresso is a safe place. It is important to remember that there is still a risk of getting Covid-19 while doing activities in the city of Montreal.

Patients and escorts are strongly advised to follow all precautions during their stay in Montreal for medical care, no matter where they go in the city.

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Reminder: Check with your PSO before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee.

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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Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community.

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