The Department of Public Health is continuing to monitor COVID-19 cases in Mistissini. One person tested positive for COVID-19 on December 11. Since then, six close household contacts of the person have also tested positive. This brings the total number of active cases to seven.
These six contacts were all already isolating from the start of when they could have been contagious to others. Three of the cases are isolating in Mistissini. Four are outside the region.
Because the first person who tested positive was working at the Youth Healing Centre when they were contagious, Public Health has done an investigation of all contacts at the centre.
Staff and clients at the centre who had contact with the first case have now been tested at least twice. None of them is positive. Some have already completed isolation; some will be tested a final time before their isolation period ends.
Thanks to the quick and efficient response of everyone at the Youth Healing Centre, and of the individuals affected, Public Health is confident that the situation is under control.
This investigation comes as cases are rapidly rising in the regions around Eeyou Istchee. It is a reminder to be particularly cautious this holiday season.
We know the Omicron variant is more contagious than the Delta variant. It will soon take over as the dominant strain. Vaccination is still the best protection, but it is not as effective against Omicron. This is why it is so important to also use other layers of protection.
If you are feeling sick or having symptoms, get tested, stay home and protect your loved ones and your community.
If you are planning to travel, to visit or to go shopping, be selective. Consider which activities are essential or very important to you and postpone the ones that are less important.
Check the CNG.org Areas of Risk map before you travel. Most neighbouring regions in Quebec and Ontario are strongly recommending that we limit travel.
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.
Vaccination and booster reminder:
Public health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children be vaccinated.
Anyone over the age of 18 who has two doses and got their second one 6 months ago can go get a booster shot.
We also recommend that people who are immunocompromised get a third dose.
Call your CMC to book an appointment.