Public Health has confirmed 23 active cases of COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee in the past week.
- The cases affect people in 5 different communities.
- All people who are infected are isolating and have been tested, or are waiting for a test.
- More than 111 people have been reached through contact tracing.
- Depending on their risk assessment, they are isolating and will be, or have been tested.
More positive cases may be confirmed in coming days.
We thank all community members affected by these investigations, for isolating and getting tested. Their collaboration with the contact tracing team is critical to limit any possible chains of transmission in our communities.
The Cree Health Board also acknowledges the work community COVID-19 response teams for supporting contact tracing and isolation.
Because of how cases are reported in Quebec, which is based on residential address, not all 23 cases will be added to Eeyou Istchee (Region 18) numbers.
New community measures for Omicron variant
This wave of new cases is connected to the travel from the south, and the Omicron variant, which is highly contagious and spreads very quickly between people, even if they are vaccinated.
In an effort to slow down the spread of Omicron, The Cree Nation Government announced additional measures on December 23 to protect families, communities, and local health services in Eeyou Istchee.
These measures include:
- All in-person local year-end festivities are cancelled and will be held virtually.
- Private indoor gatherings limited to 20 people.
- Abitibi-Temiscamingue (Region 8) will be added to the map of areas of risk, effective December 24 at 11:59 PM.
We ask that all community members respect restrictions that limit visits, travel, gatherings, and services.
CREE NATION GOVERNMENT AREAS OF RISK MAP FOR TRAVELLERS
Reminder: Check with your PSO before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee.
The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.
These precautionary measures, combined with vaccination, offer the best protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant.
Public health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children be vaccinated.
Call the clinic for your booster if you are 18 years old or older and have received your second dose at least 3 months ago.
We also recommend that people who are immunocompromised get a third dose.