There are now 519 confirmed cases in Eeyou Istchee, an increase of 200 cases since Friday, December 31. All communities now have active cases, and there is community transmission of the virus – which means Public Health cannot track the links between cases anymore.
ACTIVE AND RECOVERED CASES:
- Of the 519 confirmed cases in this outbreak, 474 are still active.
- 45 reported cases have recovered.
- 188 active cases in coastal communities
- 286 active cases in inland communities.
- The number of confirmed active cases includes some, but not all positive cases signaled by rapid tests done outside the health care network.
- We expect case numbers will continue to rise this week as testing and contact tracing continues.
People who test positive for COVID-19 OR have been in close contact with someone who tested positive MUST follow medical isolation precautions.
- Isolating at home/ or in a separate unit, and following all precautions is how we slow the spread of the virus together.
People who test positive or who are a close contact must help contact tracing by telling their family and friends.
- There are currently 664 active contacts.
- As of January 3, a total of 1,460 contacts have been identified since the start of this outbreak.
- This figure does not include close contacts who live in other regions.
- Close contacts who become positive cases are no longer considered active contacts.
- 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?
- All test results will be confirmed.
- Positive test results will be confirmed more quickly.
- If you haven’t yet received your test result, please continue to isolate. The Health Board appreciates your patience.
- Wait 72 hours (3 days) after you do a 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 in Eeyou Istchee
Rapid tests are used as an initial screening test for people who have symptoms, or a high chance of exposure from contact with an infected person.
If people are isolating, and take a rapid test, and it is negative, they should continue to isolate.
- They will need to take a 2nd rapid test, 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?
PHASE 1 COMMUNITY MEASURES
Public Health has recommended Phase 1 measures for all communities.
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 is prohibited except for essential reasons.
- Essential local businesses remain open (grocery stores, gas stations, repair services).
- Childcare services are provided for Essential Service workers.
Updated information on local measures are available on Cree Nation Council Facebook pages or websites.
CMC service reduction
- 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.
- Vaccination will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2022.
- If you are 18 years old or older and received your 2nd dose at least 3 months ago, you can get a booster shot.
- We also recommend that people who are immunocompromised get a third dose.
WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP
- Follow all community measures, including household bubbles, and reduce social contacts.
- Encourage your family and friends to follow isolation instructions, and support them however you can.
- 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.