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Four phases of the pandemic plan explained

January 9, 2021
Summary

Learn about the new phases of the pandemic. The measures described in each phase are general. Check with your community for specific measures.

 

Content

The goals of the CBHSSJB pandemic plan are as follows:

  • Limit COVID-19 virus transmission within Eeyou Istchee
  • Prevent illness and death from COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee
  • Ensure access to health care services in all communities
  • Prevent and limit social disruptions associated with the pandemic

Here are the different phases of the plan:

Phase 1: Red

Phase 1

In Phase 1, there is a high risk in our region or evidence of community transmission.

There may also be testing delays because of increased demand. Testing may not be available for all moderate or high-risk contacts. Medical services could be compromised if the caseload is very high.

What to expect:

  • No indoor or outdoor private gatherings with people who are not members of the immediate household.
  • Any essential interactions outside of the household take place with precautions like wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing your hands frequently, etc.
  • Travel within Eeyou Istchee prohibited except for essential reasons.
  • Travel outside of Eeyou Istchee prohibited except for essential reasons.
  • Essential local businesses remain open (e.g. grocery stores, gas stations, repair services).
  • Urgent medical care is provided but medical travel outside the region is limited, especially to areas of risk.
  • Vaccination is considered an essential medical activity. It is allowed in Phase 1.
  • Testing and screening are intensified.
  • Individual outdoor sports or recreation that can be practiced safety (e.g. respecting physical distancing) are permitted.
  • Outdoor activities with immediate household members are permitted.
  • Work and school are modified (e.g. telework, online classes), but essential services are maintained.
  • Childcare is only available for essential workers.
  • Crisis services are reinforced to ensure that basic needs like housing and food are met.
Phase 2: Orange

Phase 2

There are many cases in our region, there could be community transmission or very high risk from outbreaks in other regions.

What to expect:

  • Only 2 households can gather indoors (same 2) or outdoors.
  • Outside the household, take precautions such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.
  • Time-sensitive medical services are provided, but medical travel outside the region is limited, especially to areas of risk. Some reductions in elective appointments and follow-up visits.
  • Travel within Eeyou Istchee and other regions is not recommended. MSIL applies to areas of risk.
  • Work and school are adapted (e.g. online learning, teleworking).
  • Child care prioritized for those who cannot offer care at home
Phase 3: Yellow

Phase 3

A controllable risk of transmission. There may be a few cases in our region that were acquired outside the region, or there may be significant outbreaks in neighbouring regions, but the situation is under control and there are no signs of community transmission in Eeyou Istchee.

What to expect:

  • Indoors, 3 households up to 25 people, and outdoors,10 households up to 75 people, can gather.
  • In public, precautionary measures in place, like wearing a mask, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.
  • Health services modified to reduce contact and travel. Elective appointments may be reduced.
  • Businesses open with limited capacity.
  • No restriction on travel within Eeyou Istchee. Travel to other regions not recommended. MSIL applies to areas of risk.
  • Important social activities such as weddings, funerals, and ceremonies, can take place with precautions.
Phase 4: Green

Phase 4

The risk to our region is low. There are no active cases in our region and very few affecting Cree people outside our region.  

What to expect:

  • Indoors, 50 people and outdoors 150 people can gather, taking precautions like wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing their hands frequently, etc.
  • Full health services, but they may be delivered in a  modified way to reduce contact.
  • No restrictions on travel, but MSIL applies to areas of risk in other regions.
  • Businesses open with limited capacity.

The Mandatory Self-Isolation Law (MSIL) applies to non-essential travel to areas of risk. Consult the Cree Nation Government website for details.

 

Questions?

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