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March 17 update

March 17, 2021

The Cree Health Board will receive the 2nd doses of the Moderna vaccine later this month. The plan is to begin the 2nd dose campaign the week of March 29.


The number of cases of COVID-19 is slowly rising in our neighbouring regions, and this is related to cases of the variant viruses, which can spread more easily and quickly. The Cree Board of Health asks that everyone continue to follow precautionary measures, even as communities in Eeyou Istchee deconfine. All communities are now in Phase 4 of deconfinement. In Phase 4:  

  • Outdoor gatherings with up to 150 people are allowed 

  • Indoor gatherings with up to 50 people are allowed 

  • Offices and businesses are open with precautionary measures.  

Inter-community travel continues to be restricted this week for essential reasons only. The exception is for Mistissini, Ouje-Bougoumou and Waswanipi. This measure will be reviewed by Friday, March 19.  For information about Areas of Risk and travel advisories, please visit the Cree Nation Government’s website. 

Update on Eleonore Mine 

A recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the Newmont Eleonore mine site has meant that some Cree workers now have to isolate during their break at home, as a precaution. Public Health is testing workers affected by this situation. The Cree Health Board will likely complete testing by Friday, March 19. 

Update on Val d'Or Wiichihiituwin case 

On March 10, Public Health reported that a staff member of Valdor Wiichiihituwin had tested positive for COVID-19, and that initial test results indicate it is likely a variant case.  

  • 62 people were identified as contacts, including Wiichihiituwin patients and escorts. None are considered high risk.  

  • 27 had already returned home and were isolating.  

  • All contacts are now in preventive isolation, and are being tested. We thank these people for their cooperation with these measures of prevention.   

Medical appointments in Areas of Risk are still limited to emergency and essential reasons for the time being. Regular follow-up medical appointments will be done locally when possible. If people had appointments in Val-d’Or, and aren’t sure, they can call their CMC to find out about their specific situation. 

Vaccination Update 

  • 9,987 people in Eeyou Istchee have been vaccinated.  

  • CBHSSJB will receive the 2nd doses of the Moderna vaccine in March. 

  • The 2nd dose campaign is expected to start March 29.  

  • People who have not yet received their 1st dose can still be vaccinated.  

The vaccine protects you from developing severe symptoms if you are exposed to the virus. Getting vaccinated means you protect yourself and your community’s health care services.  

Out-of-Region vaccination program: 

Cree beneficiaries outside of Eeyou Ischee who want to get vaccinated before they return to their community can now do that before March 31. 

The re-entry vaccination program is for: 

  • Post-secondary students and their dependents 

  • Crees in Southern Quebec 

  • Wiichihiituwin long-term patients and escorts at Espresso.  

People can book an appointment directly through Clic-Sante OR write to for more information. 


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