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COVID-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee – December 27, 2021

December 27, 2021

There are now 66 active cases in Eeyou Istchee related to the Omicron variant. We expect more cases will be confirmed in coming days.  We are concerned the situation is leading to community transmission. We ask everyone to follow additional measures in place to slow the spread of the virus.



  • The positive cases now involve most communities.
  • None of the cases have required hospitalization.
  • A small number of cases affect community-based health care workers
  • All people with confirmed infections are isolating.
  • More than 401 people have been reached through contact tracing as of December 27.

IMPORTANT: Contact tracing is ongoing, but Public Health asks that community members help the process.

Our contact tracing team can no longer call ALL contacts of positive cases because of the high number of contacts and staffing shortages.

If you think you are a contact of a positive case


You must assume you are positive and take necessary precautions.

  • Self-isolate right away for 10 days.
  • If you have symptoms, call your CMC to plan a test.
  •  If you don’t have symptoms, wait 3-5 days before calling to book a a test.
  • If you are isolating and received a negative result on your first test, you have to finish the 10-day isolation period.



Chisasibi Hospital reduced to emergency services


Active COVID-19 cases include a small number of health care workers who are isolating. This has caused a staffing shortage affecting the Health Board’s capacity to provide some services in the short-term.


Chisasibi Regional Hospital is offering emergency services only until further notice.

  • We ask that people call before coming to the hospital. They’ll be pre-triaged by phone.
  • Chisasibi Regional Hospital (819) 855-2844 ext. 22438 or 22337.


The Chisasibi hospital is safe for community members facing emergencies. 


  • Strict COVID-19 precautions are in place at the Chisasibi Hospital. 
  • Staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and N95 masks.
  • Patients are required to wear a procedure mask.

CMC services in other communities may be reduced through the holidays due to a nursing shortage.

Do you have a non-urgent health issue?

Call Info-Santé (dial 811) to consult with a nurse 24/7.

First Responders in Chisasibi supervised rapid tests on December 26, 2021

Rapid Testing in Chisasibi


  • A rapid testing clinic was held at Chisasibi's Fire Department December 26.
  • First Responders supervised 84 rapid tests for community members.
  • Rapid tests are a valuable tool in our response to this current situation.
  • They support clinic-based screening and contact tracing efforts.


Rapid tests were also done in Nemaska late last week. Public Health acknowledges the collaboration and work of First Responder teams who supervised this process in both communities.




  • Reduce social contacts and follow community measures. 
  • Wear a procedural (medical) mask (that covers your nose and mouth, in all indoor public places, and at work. 
  • Respect 2-metre physical distance. 
  • Handwashing.


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It is important to look after yourself. Self-care is part of staying balanced and healthy, emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically.

Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information

Call 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Leave a voicemail on the weekend. Your call will be returned.  

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