Today, the Leadership of the Cree Nation took the difficult decision to declare Montreal and its surrounding regions areas of risk. This means that all travellers returning from these regions will be required to self-isolate when they return to their community. The changes to areas of risk take effect Friday, August 20, at 11:59 pm.
Public Health has confirmed that 6 residents of Eeyou Istchee have COVID-19. They are all outside Eeyou Istchee and they are all in isolation.
There are no cases at Espresso Hotel or any Cree Health Board point of service, and there are no cases in any of the communities at this time.
This cluster of cases points to the risks that come with travel outside our region, especially for people who are not fully vaccinated.
Today, the Leadership of the Cree Nation took the difficult decision to declare Montreal and its surrounding regions areas of risk. This means that all travellers returning from these regions will be required to self-isolate when they return to their community.
The changes to areas of risk take effect Friday, August 20, at 11:59 pm.
Here is the list of regions that are now considered areas of risk:
04 - Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec
06 – Montréal
13 – Laval
14 – Lanaudière
15 – Laurentides
16 – Montérégie
CREE NATION GOVERNMENT AREAS OF RISK MAP FOR TRAVELLERS
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.
Here are the isolation requirements for people returning from areas of risk:
· Fully vaccinated (2 doses) – 7 days with a test on Day 5
· Partially vaccinated (1 dose) or unvaccinated – 10 days with a test between day 5-7
You will be required to show your proof of vaccination when you travel.
The reason for these changes is due to the 4th wave of the COVID pandemic, which is driven by the Delta Variant now spreading in Quebec. Delta variant is much more contagious than other forms of COVID.
We will be closely monitoring regions and would like to inform members to be prepared for potential additional areas of risk if the numbers continue to increase over the next couple of weeks.
As our Grand Chief said, by reducing non-essential travel outside our Territory, we can benefit from increased freedoms in our communities and in Eeyou Istchee. This is especially important for our children and youth as they start school.
Vaccination for youth aged 12-17 will take place in schools at the beginning of the school year. Public Health has learned that vaccination for children under 12 will probably not be available in Canada until late 2021 or 2022. This means it is even more important that we do everything we can to protect children from COVID, and help them have a normal school year.
The Cree Health Board reminds all communities about the precautionary measures in place under Eeyou Istchee’s deconfinement plan.
· Private indoor gatherings are allowed with up to 50 people.
· Private outdoor gatherings are allowed with up to 150 people.
Larger events (such as sports, assemblies, weddings, funerals) are allowed with up to 250 participants, as long as the venue (place) allows for physical distancing.
When gathering indoors:
· People should keep a minimum of 2 metres from people they don’t live with, and continue to wear a mask when required.
When gathering outdoors:
· People should keep a minimum of 2 metres from people they don’t live with. Masks are no longer required outdoors, as long as you can stay 2 meters apart.
The Cree Health Board is struggling with a serious shortage of staff, especially nurses.
If you need medical advice and the situation is not an emergency, you can call 811 anytime, night or day, to get advice from a trained nurse.
811 is now available everywhere in Eeyou Istchee.
By calling 811 instead of the nurse on call for a non-urgent situation, you are helping our nurses get the rest they need.
The Cree Health Board asks that anyone who has a medical appointment outside the community to PLEASE attend your appointment. Do not cancel or delay your appointment, as this can have serious impacts on your health. Travel only with your escort to reduce the risk to your family and your community.
The Delta variant is more contagious and can cause more severe disease. A person with the Delta variant will infect more people than if they had other variants. The Delta variant may lead to more hospitalizations and complications.
Everyone who is vaccinated can now request electronic proof of vaccination (with a QR code) through a Quebec website by following the instructions on this page. People 18 and older who haven’t been vaccinated yet or still need a 2nd dose can sign up for an appointment on Clic-Santé.