Update on COVID-19 cases in Region 10 - Chibougamau/Chapais. Updated Areas of Risk map.
Region 10 cases
Update on COVID-19 cases in Region 10 - Chibougamau/Chapais. There were three small outbreaks of cases reported last week. They involved one worksite and two families. Their close contacts have been identified, isolated and tested.
Regarding the positive case at McLean Memorial school in Chibougamau: any student who was a contact has been identified, is self-isolating, and has been tested.
At this point in time, there is no evidence of community transmission in Chibougamau. Our public health team continues to support Region 10’s Public Health team in its work related to these cases.
We learned important lessons from the cases reported in Chibougamau and Chapais.
- Early detection and contact tracing are key to containing the spread of the virus. This depends on peoples’ collaboration with public health experts.
- Physical distancing and precautionary measures in schools work. There is no evidence that any cases of COVID were transmitted in a school setting.
- We must all be very careful when visiting with friends or family who come from high area risks. All cases in Chibougamau and Chapais were traced back to Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.
The most effective gesture we can all make right now is to reduce the size of our social circles, and the number of social interactions we have.
Update on cases
Public Health has confirmed a 16th case of COVID-19 for our region. This person contracted the virus in a hospital in Montreal. They are in isolation and recovering.
Another patient in our region - the 15th case of COVID has fully recovered.
The Cree Health Board continues to test regularly for the virus.
Up to now, regular testing in Eeyou Istchee is currently at:
• 1,374 regular tests have been administered
• 1,353 returned negative
• 5 waiting for results
Screening tests in Eeyou Istchee:
• 1,724 screening tests
• 1,712 returned negative
• 12 awaiting results
Region 10 - Chibougamau/Chapais has moved into a “orange zone”, under Quebec’s map of risks. This does not mean there are any travel restrictions between these towns and Eeyou Istchee. It means there are limits on social gatherings and activities.
If you must go to Chapais or Chibougamau, we recommend you limit social interactions, visits with family, visits inother peoples’ homes, and avoid gatherings. Cree Leadership and the health board encourage everyone to be very cautious when travelling to these areas, and limit trips to essential services.
If you have medical appointments in Chibougamau, the health board encourages you to go to them, unless you’ve been contacted by your CMC or Wiichihiituwin.
The Health Board and Cree leadership are concerned about the growing number of cases in Sudbury, Ontario.
There is concern that the cases are not contained, and there is community transmission.
As a result, Sudbury will be added to the Cree Nation’s Government’s Map of Areas of Risk. This is effective today, Tuesday November 10, at 1 pm.
This means that if you are travelling from Sudbury to Eeyou Istchee, you will be subject to the 14-day Mandatory Self-Isolation Law.
Here’s a review of other areas of risk. Areas of risk include:
Any area outside Quebec, except some regions in Northern Ontario.
In Quebec, areas of risk include:
Region 1 – Lower St-Lawrence
Region 2 - Saguenay Lac St-Jean
Region 3 – Quebec Capital
Region 4 – Mauricie and Centre du Québec
Region 5- Estrie
Region 6 – Montreal
Region 7 – Outaouais (Gatineau)
Region 9 – North Shore
Region 11 – Gaspé and Magdalen Islands
Region 12 – Chaudière-Appalaches
Region 13 – Laval
Region 14 – Lanaudière
Region 15 – Laurentians
Region 16 – Montérégie
And any Hydro-Quebec site.
If you travel to and from a mining site, please consult the Cree Nation Government website or your local PSO and leadership for the latest information.
The following regions are considered safe for travel (don’t require self-isolation):
Region 8 - Abitibi Temiscamingue
Region 10 - Nord-du-Quebec **except for Radisson, which is an area of risk**
Region 17 - Nunavik
Region 18 - Eeyou Istchee
In Northern Ontario: Porcupine and Timiskaming (including Timmins, Moosonee and North Bay) are seen as safe for travel.
You can find the latest version of the Map of Areas of Risk on the Cree Nation Government website at cngov.org.