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Covid-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - January 4, 2022

January 4, 2022

There are now 593 confirmed cases in Eeyou Istchee, an increase of 74 active cases from Monday, January 3. ***

  • All communities have active cases.
  • There is community transmission of the virus – which means Public Health cannot track the links between cases.
  • Some cases reported early in the outbreak have recovered.





  • 537 of the 593 confirmed cases are still active.
  • 56 reported cases have recovered.
  • 226 active cases in coastal communities.
  • 311 active cases in inland communities.




On January 4, Quebec announced changes to medical isolation for positive cases. Cree Public Health is reviewing Quebec’s new recommendations. In Eeyou Istchee, medical isolation is still 10 days.



People who test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive MUST follow medical isolation precautions.


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

People who test positive or who are a close contact can help contact tracing by telling their family and friends.


  • As of January 4, a total of 1,610 contacts have been identified in this outbreak.
  • There are currently 664 active contacts.
  • 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)



  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Monitor your symptoms during that time.
  • If you develop symptoms, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.
  • If you don’t develop symptoms, wait at 3-5 days before calling for a test.\


When Do I Get My Test Results?

  • All test results will be shared with people.
  • Positive test results are confirmed more quickly.
  • If you haven’t yet received your test result, please continue to isolate.
  • After you do a test, please wait 72 hours (3 days) before calling the Info-Line.

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 you are isolating, and take a rapid test, and it is negative, you should continue isolating.

  • You will need a 2nd rapid test, or in some cases, a PCR test at the clinic or hospital.


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 measures reduce activity and social gatherings to help contain further spread of the virus while protecting local health care services.


  • 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 (such as grocery stores, gas stations, repair services).
  • Essential Services provided.
  • Childcare services are provided for Essential Service workers.



These are regional guidelines. Specific measures are in place in different communities.

Updated information on local measures are 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.




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


Do you have a non-urgent health issue?

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

Vaccination is Available


  • Vaccination starts again on Tuesday, January 3, 2022.
  • Public Health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children get vaccinated.
  • Double vaccination and a booster shot increases protection against the Omicron variant.
  • People who are 18 years and older, and who got their  2nd dose at least 3 months ago can get a booster shot.
  • People who are immunocompromised should get a third dose.




  • Follow all community measures in place, including household bubbles, travel limits and reduced 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.
  • Handwashing.
  • Consult reliable and credible sources of information.



  • Public Health’s daily data for confirmed cases is updated every morning.
  • Confirmed cases are based on results from PCR tests done at the clinic or hospital, and local rapid antigen tests.
  • It may vary from total case numbers reported in different communities on a given day.
  • This is because local rapid test results are reported to Public Health once a day, at the end of the day.


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