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Update on COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation

January 10, 2021

There are now 30 people who have COVID-19 infections, linked to three social events at the end of December and early January. Among those 30 cases, at least 23 are residents of Eeyou Istchee.  

  • There are now 30 people confirmed to have COVID-19 infections.
  • Among those 30 cases, at least 23 are residents of Eeyou Istchee.
  • These cases are linked to three social events at the start of the year.
  • Contact tracing continues to identify and reach to people connected to those events to assess their risk, have them self-isolate and tested as needed.
  • More than 250 people have been identified so far through contact tracing.
  • More than 140 have already been tested to date.
  • Everyone’s cooperation with Public Health measures to contain further, possible transmission of the virus helps to protect communities affected by this outbreak.
  • If you think you are connected to the events in this investigation, please call the COVID-19 Info-Line at 1-866-855-2811. Your situation will be assessed confidentially.

If you are waiting for a test result, we know this can be a stressful time. We ask for your patience and understanding. A nurse or physician will call you once they receive the results.

We know this situation is causing stress and anxiety for many community members. People can call the Wiichihiiwaauwin Help Line at 1-833-632-4357 to speak with someone, in Cree or English. Specialists with a traditional approach to healing are also available.

If you have general questions about COVID-19 and the vaccination campaign, learn more at the Cree Health Board’s FAQ site at

The outbreak situation has led to changes in Phase levels in several communities:

  • Ouje-Bougoumou is at Phase 1
  • Mistissini, Waswanipi, and Nemaska are at Phase 2
  • Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui are at Phase 3

Details about restrictions for gatherings and activities in the different phases are available here. Consult your local Cree Nation for additional measures in place in your community.

Cree Leadership and the Cree Health Board do not recommend non-essential travel within Eeyou Istchee, or outside the territory at this time. For more information about travel and Areas of Risk, consult the

  • The early vaccination campaign is underway in Ouje-Bougoumou, with Elders and vulnerable community members receiving initial doses in priority.
  • In Mistissini, all 1,000 doses available in the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine were given to community members in five days.
  • The Cree Nation is ready to begin its regional vaccination campaign once the full shipment of the Moderna vaccine arrives, as early as January 16.

Information about the vaccination campaign rollout in each community will be shared this week. Meegwetch.




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