A community can consider moving to another Phase of Deconfinement when it has been at least 14 days since the last case.
Ouje-Bougoumou has now moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in the Cree Nation Deconfinement Plan.
Earlier this week we shared the news with you that the outbreak of COVID-19 in our inland communities is contained. Today we are pleased to say that all cases related to the outbreak have recovered.
There have been no new cases reported in Mistissini and Ouje-Bougoumou for several days. Ouje-Bougoumou has now moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2 in the Cree Nation Deconfinement Plan. The Phase 1 measures in place in Mistissini are being reviewed, as we see the end of the outbreak coming. We hope to share an update with you soon. A community can consider moving to another Phase of Deconfinement when it has been at least 14 days since the last case.
A reminder that in Phase 1, no gatherings or visits are allowed with people outside your household. This includes visits at home, car rides, and cookouts.
Other communities in Eeyou Istchee, including Waswanipi, Nemaska, Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi, and Whapmagoostui have moved to Phase 3. In Phase 3:
• Outdoor gatherings of 10 households are allowed.
• Indoor gatherings of 3 households are allowed. This includes private gatherings, and indoor public events likes sports and games.
• Offices can be open as long as precautionary measures are maintained.
We’ve learned how restricting visits between people of different households can limit the spread of the virus within a community.
And we’ve learned that limiting travel between communities can stop the spread of the virus across our region.
The Cree Nation must remain vigilant. Some restrictions will stay in place for a while longer. All non-essential travel between communities in Eeyou Istchee is not recommended, and is subject to the 14-day Mandatory Self-Isolation Law.
Exceptions are made for residents of a community returning home or the transportation of children (under 18) to their parent, who should not be subject to the 14-day mandatory self-isolation.
Quebec Travel Update
Region 17 (Nunavik) and Eeyou Istchee (Region 18) are not considered Areas of Risk. But given the different travel restrictions within Eeyou Istchee, people should check with their PSO before planning to travel.
The latest “Orange Zone” measures announced this week by the Quebec government do not apply within Eeyou Istchee on Category 1 lands. These measures are for Region 10 (Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quevillon, and Radisson), Abitibi-Temiscamingue, and Saguenay Lac St-Jean.
In the “Orange Zone” there are still curfews in place, and restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Some businesses have re-opened. If you are travelling in an “Orange Zone” make sure to check about the measures in place.
Regions in Southern Quebec remain Red Zones. These include Gatineau, the Laurentians, Montreal and Quebec City. Travelling to these regions is not recommended at this time. For more information about the Map of Areas of Risk, consult the Cree Nation Government website.
The Moderna Vaccination campaign continues in Eeyou Istchee. So far, 9,390 people in Eeyou Istchee have been vaccinated. There are still first doses available for people who are eligible. Call your CMC to make an appointment, if you would like to be vaccinated. The vaccine provides an extra layer of protection against the virus. Post-secondary students studying outside Eeyou Istchee will be able to get their vaccine when they come home. They need to make an appointment. Details are available on the Cree Health Board website, or by calling the COVID Info-Line at 1-866- 855-2811.
Our Wiichihiituwin long-term patients and escorts at Espresso will be able to get vaccinated. We will be able to share more information about this soon.
Cree School Board Update
A final note about our youth in school: In-class instruction at elementary and secondary schools in Whapmagoostui and Ouje-Bougoumou started again this week. Mistissini students continue to learn online.
High school students in Waskaganish, Chisasibi, Nemaska, Mistissini and Ouje-Bougoumou are receiving laptops to help distance learning.
Some local vocational programs have started again in Chisasisi, Wemindji, Nemaska and Whapmagoostui.