Initial test results indicate that it is likely a variant case. All contacts are now in preventive isolation for 14 days and are being tested.
Earlier this week we shared news that a staff member of Valdor Wiichiihituwin had tested positive for COVID-19. Initial test results indicate that it is likely a variant case.
62 people were identified as contacts, although none of the them are considered high-risk. They include Wiichihiituwin patients and escorts. Among the contacts, 27 had already returned home and were isolating. All contacts are now in preventive isolation for 14 days and are being tested.
This situation is a reminder that the virus and its variants are active in northern Quebec, and we must continue to respect all necessary measures and be careful about travelling.
Medical appointments in Areas of Risk are limited to emergency and essential reasons. Regular follow-up medical appointments will be done locally when possible.
If people had appointments in Val-d’Or, and aren’t sure, they can call their CMC to find out about their specific situation.
The Cree Health Board and leadership continue to monitor reports of new variants of the coronavirus. We are learning more about variants with time. What we do know is that they spread more easily, and faster. This is why the Health Board is recommending caution for gathering and travelling in coming weeks.
Restrictions on non-essential travel between communities remain in effect for coastal communities and Nemaska. This will be reviewed next week.
Intercommunity travel is now allowed for Waswanipi, Ouje-Bougoumou and Mistissini, with extreme caution. We recommend that visits be kept at a minimum, with limited contacts. People who choose to travel and visit should observe the precautionary measures including wearing a mask when needed, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing.
Cree leadership and the Cree Health Board are working to develop procedures to allow our people to traveling further between communities in coming weeks and during Goose Break.
Ouje-Bougoumou and Mistissini are now in Phase 3:
Outdoor gatherings with 75 people or 10 households are allowed
Indoor gatherings of 25 people or 3 households are allowed (including indoor private gatherings, and indoor public events such as sporting events).
Offices are open as long as precautionary measures are maintained.
Waswanipi, Nemaska, Waskaganish, Eastmain, Wemindji, Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui are in Phase 4:
Outdoor gatherings with up to 150 people are allowed
Indoor gatherings with up to 50 people are allowed
Offices and businesses are open with precautionary measures.
There may be other measures in place in your community. Check with your local leadership for details.
Vaccines still available
9,959 people in Eeyou Istchee have been vaccinated.
1st doses of the Moderna vaccine are still available in all communities.
People can call their CMC to make an appointment to get the vaccine.
The Cree Health Board expects to the 2nd doses in April.
Cree beneficiaries outside of Eeyou Ischee who want to get vaccinated before they return to their community can now do that before March 31.
The re-entry vaccination program is for post-secondary students, Crees in Southern Quebec, and Wiichihiituwin long-term patients and escorts at Espresso.