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February 16 update

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ᐄᔨᔨᐅᔨᒧᐎᓐ | IIYIYIUYIMUWIN
FEB 16
Update presented by CHB Vice-Chairperson Christine Petawabano
February 16, 2021
Summary

Since last week, we have two new cases of COVID-19 reported for our region. Both these cases involve people who have not been living in Eeyou Istchee for several months. Public Health is receiving regular updates on their conditions.

Cree Leadership and Public Health have decided to keep the current restriction on non-essential travel between communities for at least two more weeks. Inter-community travel is not recommended, and is subject to the 14-day Mandatory Self-Isolation Law.

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Every Tuesday morning, the Cree Health Board, including Chairperson Bertie Wapachee, meets with Cree leadership and Entities to share information about COVID-19 and answer questions. 

Since last week, we have two new cases of COVID-19 reported for our region. Both these cases involve people who have not been living in Eeyou Istchee for several months. Public Health is receiving regular updates on their conditions.

In Eeyou Istchee, all cases related to the inland outbreak have recovered, and the outbreak is contained. Mistissini and Ouje-Bougoumou have now moved to Phase 2 of deconfinement, with some limited activities allowed.

It’s important that we continue to be very careful at this point about how we visit each other, and gather together. We know that the outbreaks in Mistissini and Ouje-Bougoumou were first spread through gatherings and visits. We must respect the restrictions, and practice precautionary measures at all times.

In Phase 2:

  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 2 households.

  • Indoor gatherings should be with the same two households every time (your bubble).

  • Some services start again, with precautionary measures.

Other communities in Eeyou Istchee, including Waswanipi, Nemaska, Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi, and Whapmagoostui are in 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.

Cree Leadership and Public Health have decided to keep the current restriction on non-essential travel between communities for at least two more weeks. Inter-community travel 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.

Virus Variants

One of the reasons we are continuing to restrict inter-community travel is because of concerns about the new variants of the COVID-19 virus. We have all heard a lot of talk about these variants, including the “South African” variant that was reported recently in Abitibi.

We know these virus variants spread more quickly between people. But the symptoms are the same, whether a person catches a variant virus or not. And the variants don’t cause a more severe illness. We also know that the COVID-19 vaccines work against the virus variants. Public Health is monitoring the COVID-19 variants, and is gathering more knowledge about them as it becomes available.

Vaccination Update

The vaccine, along with physical distancing, keeping your hands clean, and preventive isolation are all measures that work together to protect our communities from the virus and its variants.

So far, 9,506 people in Eeyou Istchee have been vaccinated. The Cree Health Board would like to remind you that first doses of the Moderna vaccine are still available in your community. Call your CMC for more information.

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.

Wiichihiituwin long-term patients and escorts at Espresso will also be able to get vaccinated. We will be able to share more information about this soon.

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.

A reminder that “Orange Zone” measures announced by Quebec last week don’t apply on Category 1 lands. These measures are for:

  • Region 10 (Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quevillon, and Radisson)

  • Abitibi-Temiscamingue (Region 8)

  • Saguenay Lac St-Jean (Region 2)

    If you do have to travel in the Orange Zone, keep in mind that there are curfews in place, and restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Inform yourself about the measures at your destination.

Regions in Southern Quebec are still Red Zones. This includes Gatineau, the Laurentians, Montreal and Quebec City. Travel there is not recommended. For more information about the Map of Areas of Risk, consult the Cree Nation Government website.

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