Public Health is recommending changes to isolation required under MSIL, in light of the Delta variant’s gradual spread in many regions of Quebec
We are at the beginning of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec, driven by the Delta variant. This variant is highly contagious compared to other strains, and can infect people who are fully vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. People who are vaccinated and who are infected with the Delta variant can transmit the virus to others.
Vaccination still protects people against severe illness caused by the Delta variant, and reduces the risk of hospitalization. Vaccination is and remains a very important in the fight against COVID-19. To further protect residents of Eeyou Istchee in the fourth wave, Public Health recommends that mandatory isolation be required for all people returning from an area of risk, regardless of their vaccination status.
Public Health recommends the following isolation measures be applied to travellers returning from an area of risk, as per local Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws (MSIL):
- Fully vaccinated (2 doses): 7 days isolation, plus a COVID-19 test on day 5
- Partially vaccinated (1 dose) or unvaccinated: 10 days isolation, plus a COVID-19 test between day 5 and 7
These recommendations were presented to Cree leadership this week. Cree Nation Councils are reviewing the recommendations and will decide whether to amend their local Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws.
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.
Recommendations for protective measures
Public health recommends keeping all current protective measures in place for every person, whether they are vaccinated or not. Current protective measures include:
- Wearing a mask indoors in public settings
- Keeping physical distance of at least 2 metres from people who don’t live with you
- Being cautious and selective about social contact
- Getting tested after travelling from an at-risk region or attending a large gathering
COVID-19 vaccination is available by appointment at local CMCs for youth 12-17 and adults. People should get their 2nd dose now. Call the clinic to make an appointment.
Public Health will also offer vaccination clinics in schools at the end of August to offer 2nd doses to youth 12-17.