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Contact tracing after new case confirmed in Wemindji 

September 3, 2021
Summary

Public Health confirmed a resident of Wemindji tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday evening. Wemindji has asked residents to stay in their households for 48 hours during the contact tracing investigation. This will help the work of assessing any contact's risk of exposure.

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Public Health confirmed a resident of Wemindji tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday evening. This person is a Wiichihiituwin patient who returned to Wemindji from Montreal on a charter flight on Sunday, August 29, after staying at Espresso Hotel. He developed symptoms after his arrival in Wemindji. He was already isolating before the positive test was confirmed, as required under the local Mandatory Self-Isolation Law. He is now under close medical supervision. 

Contact tracing started as soon as the test results were received. Public Safety Officers are working with the Public Health contact tracing to get calls out, and are instructing people to isolate and get tested depending on their exposure risk.  

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    Workers went door-to-door to test Wemindji residents
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    Workers went door-to-door to test Wemindji residents
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    Photo: Jason Coonishish
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    Medical staff and PSOs rest after a long day's work
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    Medical staff and PSOs rest after a long day's work
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    Photo: Jason Coonishish
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    Jason Coonishish drives samples to Chisasibi for testing
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    Jason Coonishish drives samples to Chisasibi for testing
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    Photo: Jason Coonishish

Other patients and escorts who were on the charter flights Sunday, August 29 are also being called. They are already isolating under MSIL, and will be scheduled for a screening test on during their isolation.  

The Cree Health Board would like to reassure everyone that the charter service is safe and secure for patients and escorts. Precautionary measures are still in place, including mandatory masks at all times, and pre-boarding screening that includes having your temperature taken.  

A mobile screening test unit offered voluntary tests on Friday to people currently staying at Espresso Hotel. Public Health encourages everyone at Espresso to ask for a COVID-19 test if they didn't get one.  

Since mid-August : 

  • 20 people in the region have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since August 16, 2021.  
  • 7 have recovered. 

13 residents of Eeyou Istchee have active infections as of Friday, September 3. This includes cases at Espresso.  

Most of the cases declared since mid-August have affected people under 40. Most of them were unvaccinated, or only had one dose of a vaccine. 

Some people who are fully vaccinated (2 doses) have also been infected, with mild symptoms in general.  

Tests for most of these cases show signs of the Delta variant, which is more contagious and can make people more sick. 

 

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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.

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

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