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COVID-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - December 30, 2021

December 30, 2021

There are now 244 confirmed active cases in Eeyou Istchee, an increase of 94 cases from yesterday. This case count does not include all positive cases signaled by rapid tests done in several communities this week. Public Health expects cases will to go up over the next several days as contact tracing and testing continues.




People who test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive MUST FOLLOW medical isolation instructions to help slow the spread of the virus. 


Isolation instructions for people with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and people identified as close contacts who are waiting for test results. 

  • There are 878 reported contacts in Eeyou Istchee as of December 30, 2021.
  • Public Health asks people to help with contact tracing.
  • Our contact tracing team cannot call ALL contacts of positive cases in this current situation.
  • The team appreciates all collaboration and support to help the contact tracing process move forward.


If you think you are a contact of a positive case: Assume you are positive. Take needed precautions.



  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Isolate even if you don’t have any symptoms
  • If you start to feel sick while you’re isolating, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.
  • Call anyone you have had close contact with 48 hours prior to the onset of your symptoms.
  •  If you don’t have symptoms, you can wait 3-5 days before calling for a test.



If you don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic)

  • Isolate for 10 days
  • Wait at 3-5 days before calling to book a test
  • Monitor your symptoms during that time
  • If you develop symptoms, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.


When Do I Get My Test Results?


Test result, whether positive or negative are confirmed as soon as possible. If you are isolating and have been tested, we appreciate your patience. 

  • If you haven’t yet received your test result, please continue to isolate.
  • Positive test results are confirmed more quickly.
  • Wait 72 hours (3 days) after your test before you call the Info-Line.

Our team is handling a large volume of calls and are working as quickly as they can.  


Rapid Tests increase testing capacity in Eeyou Istchee


Rapid tests are used as a preliminary screening test for people who have symptoms, or a high chance of exposure from contact with an infected person.

  • People who take a rapid test may need a 2nd test, or a PCR test at the clinic, depending on their situation.
  • Rapid tests can help detect if symptoms are related to COVID-19 or not.
  • They are not a diagnostic tool (such as a PCR test done at the clinic) because they aren’t as sensitive or precise.

First Responder and PSOs supervise the administration of rapid tests in Eeyou Istchee.


CMC services during holiday period


  • Emergency services, vaccination and testing are still offered at CMCS, even though other services may be reduced because of staffing shortages.


People with non-urgent health issues can call Info-Santé (dial 811) to consult with a nurse 24/7.

Vaccination is available


Public health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children get vaccinated. Double vaccination and a booster shot increases protection against the Omicron variant.

  • Call your clinic for a booster if you are 18 years old or older and received your 2nd dose at least 3 months ago.
  • We also recommend that people who are immunocompromised get a third dose.


New Community Measures: Phase 1


Public Health has recommended Phase 1 measures be implemented under the Pandemic Plan.


In Phase 1:

  • No indoor or outdoor private gatherings with people who are not members of the immediate household.
  • Intercommunity travel Travel within Eeyou Istchee prohibited except for essential reasons.
  • Travel outside of Eeyou Istchee prohibited except for essential reasons.
  • Essential local businesses remain open (e.g. grocery stores, gas stations, repair services).
  • Essential Services Only
  • Childcare services to be provided for Essential Service workers



Published on
Sat, Jan 9 2021

Learn about the new phases of the pandemic. The measures described in each phase are general. Check with your community for specific measures.



Updated information on Phase 1 measures are available on Cree Nation Council Facebook pages or websites.

They are also available on the Cree Nation Government website


The Cree Health Board asks everyone to follow new community measures in place for gatherings and intercommunity travel.



  • Reduce social contacts. Follow all community measures, including household bubbles.
  • Wear a procedural (medical) mask properly to cover your nose and mouth snugly in all indoor public places, and at work. 
  • Respect the 2-metre physical distancing measure.
  • Handwashing 


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