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Covid-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

There are now 572 active cases in Eeyou Istchee.  There is community transmission, which means Public Health can’t trace the source of infections, and can’t track the links between cases. Please note: case numbers will not be reported Saturday January 8 - Sunday January 9. Daily reporting will resume on Monday.




  • 572 active cases in Eeyou Istchee.
  • 6 people have been hospitalized during the outbreak.
  • Five are in hospital, and one person has been discharged.
  • 160 cases have recovered.
  • 260 active cases in coastal communities
  • 312 active cases in inland communities.
  • Confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak: 732



On January 4, Quebec announced changes to medical isolation for positive cases.

In Eeyou Istchee, medical isolation remains at 10 days. 




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

Isolating at home, or in a separate unit (if available) and following precautions will slow the spread of the virus.



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

  • As of January 7, a total of 1,572 contacts have been identified in this outbreak. 
  • There are currently 254 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 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, please 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?


Starting January 6, people who take a COVID-19 screening test at the CMC or the Chisasibi Hospital will have access to automatic disclosure of their test results by text message.

When people go for a test at the CMC or Hospital, they will need to provide the healthcare worker with a valid cellphone number in order to get their test results by text.


Published on
Wed, Jan 5 2022

Starting January 6, individuals who take a COVID-19 screening test at the CMC or the Chisasibi Hospital will have access to automatic disclosure of test results by text message.

When people go for a test, they will need to provide the healthcare worker with a valid cellphone number where they agree to receive their test result.



If you have received your COVID-19 test result, whether positive or negative, please read the instructions to understand your next steps. 


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 isolating.




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 for children, youth and adults at CMCs.
  • 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.


Phase 1 Measures in Effect


Phase 1 measures reduce activity and social gatherings to help contain further spread of the virus and protect local health care services. 

  • No indoor or outdoor private gatherings with people who aren't 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.

Further measures are in effect 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.




  • Encourage your family and friends to follow isolation instructions, and support them however you can. 
  • Follow all community measures in place, including household bubbles, travel limits and reduced social contacts.
  • 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. Learn more about Covid-19 and how the virus spreads to protect your family and community.


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