Abitibi Temiscamingue - Region 8 is no longer considered an Area of Risk, as of May 4. This means people travelling from Abitibi to Eeyou Istchee will no longer be required to isolate for 14 days. This decision was made based on new criteria for assessing a region's risk. Abitibi is doing well with vaccination, and they have worked hard to contain and prevent new cases of Covid.
The Covid-19 situation in Quebec is improving. The number of new cases is stabilizing. There are signs that the 3rd wave will eventually pass in coming weeks.
In Eeyou Istchee, we have also worked hard to keep Covid out of our communities, and we have been successful.
We have done well with vaccination.
- About 86% of eligible people have received the first dose.
- About 60 % of eligible people have taken the 2nd dose.
Getting vaccinated provides protection from catching and transmitting Covid-19.
As a result, The Cree Health Board is looking at how to move forward to ease some restrictions.
Public Health has recommend changes to Cree leadership about the length of isolation under local Mandatory Self-Isolation laws. The recommended changes are as follows:
- For people who are not fully vaccinated, isolation would be 10 days long.
- For people who are fully vaccinated, isolation would be 7 days long.
The difference in isolation for these two groups is temporary, and will eventually change.
Wiichiihiituwin clients and escorts will still be allowed to split their isolation period between Valdor/Montreal and their community.
These recommendations are being reviewed by local Cree Nation councils. When they are ready to make the changes, we can expect the new rules to be in place. We look forward to easing these restrictions, which have been a burden on so many people.
As the Cree Nation moves towards greater vaccination rates and better testing, we will see other restrictions change. This will take time, and deconfinement will need to be cautious.
The Health Board continues to encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, and to get the second dose. These efforts help all our communities move ahead towards normal activities.
For now, travel without mandatory isolation is allowed to the following regions:
- Region 8 (Abitibi)
- Region 10 (Chibougamau, Chapais, Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Radisson)
- Region 17
Travel between communities in Eeyou Istchee for family visits and essential 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.
Travel to all other regions in Quebec, and Ontario still requires 14 days of isolation when returning to Eeyou Istchee. Visit the Cree Nation Government website to see the updated Map that shows Areas of Risk.
A reminder that vaccination is still available for Cree beneficiaries who live outside Eeyou Istchee. Visit the Cree Health Board website at www-dot-cree-health-org for details.
Please note that this process will take longer now that mass vaccination is underway in the south. The Cree Health Board encourages people to consider waiting until they return to Eeyou Istchee, where they can get the Moderna vaccine.
Wiichihiituwin clients and escorts in Montreal are being vaccinated. Clients and escorts will be called with the details.
Cree Health Board employees in the south should talk to their supervisor about how they can get vaccinated.