Update presented by Christine Petawabano, Vice-Chair of CBHSSJB
Update on COVID-19 cases in Region 10
Our Public Health team continues to support Public Health in Region 10 (Chibougamau/Chapais) in its work related to several COVID-19 cases reported last week.
They are working to reduce the spread of infection from people there who tested positive.
At this point in time there is no evidence of community transmission in Chibougamau.
But Public Health authorities are asking for cooperation from people in the area.
They are asking anyone who visited the bowling alley in Chibougamau between October 28 and November 8 to call for a screening test at your local CMC.
You can call the Info-Line at 1-866-855-2811. Please call even if you are feeling well. You do not need to self-isolate.
Update on McLean Memorial
Public Health would like to reassure parents and guardians with children at McLean Memorial School in Chibougamau.
There was a positive case of COVID-19 reported there last week. To date, there have been no more cases of Covid-19 linked with this school.
Our Public Health department has recommended that Cree students who were in the affected class at McLean Memorial self-isolate. This is an additional precaution. They are not at higher risk than their classmates. Many protective measures were respected in this classroom, and this is a reassuring sign.
Our Public Health made this recommendation because our people have particular vulnerabilities, and because we have the capacity to take extra precautions to protect our communities.
People who live with children in this situation are not required to self-isolate themselves as there is not a high risk in this situation.
But we know some families are choosing to self-isolate along with their child, and this is acceptable.
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 in other 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 the cases are not contained, and there is community transmission.
As a result, Sudbury has been added to the Cree Nation’s Government’s Map of Areas of Risk.
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.