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Recommended changes to reduce MSIL isolation requirements in Eeyou Istchee

October 8, 2021
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Public Health has recommended changes to isolation required under Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws (MSIL) in Eeyou Istchee. Cree Nation Councils are now reviewing the recommendations, and will decide whether to apply them and amend their local laws. 

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Public Health has recommended changes to isolation required under Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws (MSIL) in Eeyou Istchee. Cree Nation Councils are now reviewing the recommendations, and will decide whether to apply them and amend their local laws. People should check with their council and PSO for updates about when changes to the MSIL take effect in their community.

Recommended changes to isolation measures:

People who are fully vaccinated

Are required to follow these precautionary measures for 7 days: 

  •  Wear a medical mask in both indoor and outdoor settings (including at home, if physical distancing cannot be maintained) 

  • Limit social interaction to essential activities (eg work, essential errands including at local stores and businesses, and essential gatherings) 

  • Avoid large gatherings like church services or general assemblies 

  • Monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms, and get tested if any symptoms appear 

  • Get a COVID-19 screening test (PCR test) on Day 4 or 5 after returning to a community 

Please note: Fully vaccinated means having received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or; if you have had a COVID-19 infection and positive test at least 21 days before receiving a 1st dose of the vaccine, and you are not immunosuppressed, then you are considered fully vaccinated (as per Quebec’s Immunization Protocol, PIQ).  

People who are partially vaccinated (1 dose) or unvaccinated (including children under 12)

Are required to isolate for 10 days when they return from an area of risk. 

  • They can isolate in their homes with appropriate protective measures (including masking, physical distancing, and limited social contacts) 

  • Should monitor themselves for any COVID-19 symptoms during this isolation period, and get tested if any symptoms occur; 

  • Get a COVID-19 screening test (PCR test) between Day 5 – 7 after returning to the community.  

CBHSSJB staff members and employees will receive detailed instructions from HR about the implications for travel to and from Eeyou Istchee. 

Wiichihiituwiin patients and escorts will receive further guidelines from Wiichihiituwin. 

Local PSOs and Cree Nation Councils can provide the most accurate and updated information about how MSIL is applied in each community.

Why are these recommendations made now?

These recommendations are based on the success of the adult vaccination campaign, and progress in the youth vaccination campaign in Eeyou Istchee. The recommendations are also based on growing evidence about the vaccine’s efficacy to prevent severe illness, even in cases involving variants of concern (such as the Delta variant).   

As of October 8, 2021: More than 7 out of 10 people aged 12 and older in Eeyou Istchee are fully vaccinated (with 2 doses).  

Maintaining other COVID-19 protection measures 

Public Health also recommends continuing efforts to promote full vaccination (two doses) of unvaccinated people, or people who have only received one dose.  

Until we can adequately immunize our children against COVID-19, and see better control of the virus in Quebec, Public Health recommends keeping all other 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 

  • Handwashing 

  • Being cautious and selective about social contact 

  • Getting tested after travelling from an at-risk region or attending a large gathering 

  • Respecting the recommendation in place in the regional deconfinement plan 

  • Contact tracing and isolation for cases and contacts 

Public Health continues to monitor neighbouring regions and their epidemiological reports to provide recommendations to Cree leadership for assessing areas of risk.   

It is important for everyone to continue practicing all precautionary measures even if they’re vaccinated.

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CREE NATION GOVERNMENT AREAS OF RISK MAP FOR TRAVELLERS

View the interactive map on cngov.ca

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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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.

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