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Regional Public Health has confirmed a positive COVID-19 sewage sample in  Chisasibi

December 17, 2021

Public Health is confident that this positive sewage signal indicates there is likely at least one undetected case of COVID-19 in Chisasibi. This sample could represent an active infection, or potentially someone who recently recovered from an infection.


Given the positive sewage sample, Public Health recommends getting a COVID-19 test if:

  • You have any COVID-19 symptoms (such as a cough, shortness of breath, fever, runny nose)
  • You entered Chisasibi between December 13-16 and haven’t already been tested since your arrival.
Chisasibi Swab Centre - COVID-19 Test Centre

As of 9 a.m., Saturday, December 18, you can call or text the Chisasibi COVID-19 Clinic to arrange a test.

Clinic is open Saturday and Sunday, December 18-19 from 10 am to 6 pm.

Chisasibi COVID-19 Testing Clinic

Text or phone to arrange an appointment.

Clinic hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Clients are responsible to book appointment to get swab tested.

Access to the site is behind the hospital.

Please monitor yourself for any symptoms, and limit contact with other people as much as possible while you wait for your test result.  

During this time, Public Health recommends:

  • Businesses and non-essential services remain open, with preventive measures in effect (physical distancing and masking).
  • Telework, if possible.
  • Postpone non-essential, large public and private gatherings.

Please consult Chisasibi’s Facebook pages for more details about specific measures in place during this time.

We ask that all community members respect restrictions that limit visits, travel, gatherings, and services as long as the investigation is ongoing.   

Please apply all standard precautions, and follow recommendations in day-to-day activities: 

  • Wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose where and when required or recommended
  • Wash hands frequently  
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Limit contacts with others to what is essential
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you experience any symptoms, even if they are mild

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.
  • We also recommend that people who are immunocompromised get a third dose.

Public Health is monitoring daily sewage testing and will share any updates.

Sewage is being tested regularly as part of a collaboration between CHBSSJB, the Cree Nation Government, and the Cree Nation of Chisasibi. This early-warning system allows Public Health to act quickly to detect and contain an infection in the community.

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Published on
Wed, Jul 28 2021

Sewage testing is a early-warning system to detect Covid-19 in communities. Chisasibi is running a pilot project this year to try out the technology in Eeyou Istchee. 


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