Most Cree Nation Councils have adopted Public Health’s recommendation to reduce isolation.
The changes to MSIL will mean fully vaccinated people will no longer have to isolate when they return from any region outside Eeyou Istchee, including areas of risk.
Our Cree communities are adjusting to recent changes in the Mandatory Self-Isolation laws.
“Fully vaccinated” means a person has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. People who have only received one dose of the vaccine, and people who are not vaccinated will still be required to self-isolate under MSIL when they return from an area of risk.
Families who are travelling with members who may have different levels of vaccination should talk to their PSO about new isolation requirements.
Why isolation is reduced now
As we heard last week, these changes are based on many factors that suggest the Covid-19 pandemic is slowly stabilizing. We also have many tools to protect our communities from the virus as we move ahead with caution to reduce measures.
Vaccination is a thick layer of protection against the coronavirus, variants and COVID-19. The Covid vaccination campaign in Eeyou Istchee is doing very well. So far:
9 out of 10 adults have received a 1st dose.
About 7 out of 10 eligible adults have received a 2nd dose.
Last week, 221 more people received their 2nd dose.
And more than 6 out of 10 youth aged 12-17 have received the Covid vaccine.
Until children under 12 can get the Covid-19 vaccine, our efforts are needed to protect them from the virus and variants with all the tools available.
Being vaccinated, physical distancing, hand hygiene, wearing a mask when required, and regular screening tests are measures that work together. When used together, they are a protective barrier to keep Covid-19 out of our communities.
We have to remember that in Eeyou Istchee, we have enjoyed more freedom than any other Quebec region during the pandemic, even during confinement. We have been able to gather, visit, and do activities together. This can continue as long as we remain dedicated to protecting each other, and respecting precautionary measures.
All communities are still in Phase 4 deconfinement, which means outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people, and indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people.
If you haven’t been vaccinated, you can still make that choice. Adults 18 and older can get vaccinated at CMCs. Youth 12 to 17 can get vaccinated at the mobile clinic or at the CMC.
This week the mobile clinic is in Wemindji and Chisasibi.
The Cree Health Board encourages parents, guardians and youth to talk together about vaccination. People should make a choice after they have the right information.
A reminder that:
Youth aged 12 and 13 will require parental or guardian consent to get the Pfizer vaccine.
Youth aged 14 to 17 can decide on their own.
Travel to Areas of Risk
The map of areas of risk is still in effect. The map is reviewed regularly.
The current areas of risk include:
Region 5 - Estrie
Region 6 – Montreal
Region 7 – Outaouais
Region 11 – Gaspesie
Region 12 -Chaudiere/Appalaches
Region 13 - Laval
Region 16 – Monteregie
All of Ontario and other regions outside Quebec.
The MSIL applies to people returning to Eeyou Istchee from these areas of risk. Check with your PSO to know what isolation requirements are in your community.
Travel without mandatory isolation is allowed from the following regions:
Region 1 (Bas-St-Laurent)
Region 2 (Saguenay Lac St-Jean)
Region 8 (Abitibi)
Region 10 (Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Radisson)
Region 3 (Capitale Nationale/Quebec City)
Region 4 (Mauricie/Centre du Quebec)
Region 9 Cote-Nord
Region 14 (Lanaudiere)
Region 15 (Laurentians)
Region 17 - Nunavik
Travel between communities in Eeyou Istchee for family visits and other reasons is allowed.
Please note that community gates are still in place, and people are required to share their information when they enter another community.
Visit the Cree Nation Government website cngov.ca to see the updated Map that shows Areas of Risk.
Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information
Call 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Leave a voicemail on the weekend. Your call will be returned.
Or: Inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number.