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Testing complete in Wemindji contact tracing investigation

September 5, 2021

All potential contacts in Wemindji and other Cree communities affected by this investigation have been tested. The test results received so far are negative, although some results are not expected until Monday because of delays in transportation.


Contacts in Whapmagoostui have been asked to continue isolating until test results are available. 

Public Health recommended that people considered to be contacts isolate for: 

  • 7 days after exposure, if they are fully vaccinated. 
  • 10 days after exposure if they are partially or unvaccinated.  

Public Health considers the overall risk for affected communities to be low. 

The Cree Health Board would like to acknowledge the essential role Public Safety Officers served in this contact tracing investigation. Their collaboration and work with Public Health was invaluable to contact people quickly.  

Public Health thanks all people who got tested and are isolating at this time. Their cooperation has helped protect all community members in this situation. 


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