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COVID-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

There are now 319 confirmed active cases in Eeyou Istchee, an increase of 75 cases from yesterday. This case count does not include all positive cases signaled by rapid tests. We expect case numbers will continue to rise over the next few days through contact tracing and testing.


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. 


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.



  • There are 1,006 confirmed contacts in Eeyou Istchee as of December 31.
  • The contact tracing team can’t call all of them. 
  • People who test positive or are a close contact should notify their family and friends to help with contact tracing.


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?

  • 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.  


  • All test results will be confirmed.
  • Positive test results are confirmed more quickly.
  • If you haven’t yet received your test result, the Health Board appreciates your patience.
  • Please continue to isolate.


Rapid Tests 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.
  • If you take a rapid test and it's negative, please continue to isolate.
  • A 2nd rapid test is required, or, in some cases, a PCR test at the CMC.


Rapid antigen tests are now available in Eeyou Istchee to increase our overall testing capacity. These DIY nasal swabs can tell you within minutes if you have COVID-19 or not, but when should you use one and what should you do with the result?

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.


Info Santé 811

Non-urgent health information available 24/7.

New Community Measures


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 within Eeyou Istchee is 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).
  • Childcare services to be provided for Essential Service workers.

Updated information on local measures is available on Cree Nation Council Facebook pages or websites.



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.




  • Reduce social contacts. Keep to your household bubble. Follow all community measures. 
  • 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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