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Sewage COVID-19 detected in Chisasibi

November 5, 2021

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

This sample was drawn from sewage, not drinking water. You cannot contract COVID-19 from drinking water. 

Given the positive sewage sample, Public Health has recommended a temporary Community Investigation Protocol to support efforts and measures needed to contain the situation, and ensure anyone who needs to get tested does so if required. Scroll down for details about the Community Investigation Protocol. 

Who needs to be tested

Public Health asks that the following community members get tested:  

  • People who have any COVID-19 symptoms (such as a cough, shortness of breath, fever, runny nose) 
  • People who entered Chisasibi between October 29 and November 3, 2021 and haven’t already been tested since their arrival.  


We ask that people monitor themselves for any symptoms, and limit any contact with other people as much as possible while they wait for your test result.   

Due to the high volume of requests, the Clinic team will assess priorities. The Clinic is increasing their usual hours of operation in the short-term, in order to meet the requests. Everyone who should get tested will get tested.  

Community Investigation Protocol Measures include: 

  • Essential services (including schools and clinics) remain open, with preventive measures in effect (physical distancing and masking). 
  • Daycares, also an essential service, remain open to support front-line workers and their children. 
  • Teleworking is encouraged as much as possible. 
  • Non-essential, large public and private gatherings are postponed. 

Please consult Chisasibi’s Facebook pages for more details about specific measures in place during the Community Investigation Protocol. 

We ask that all community members: 

  • Respect the Community Investigation Protocol restrictions that limit visits, gatherings, and services as long as the investigation is ongoing.    
  • Learn more about the Community Investigation Protocol by getting specific information about local measures in place.   
  • Ensure they are applying all standard precautions, and are following recommendations in day-to-day activities:  
  • Wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose where and when required or recommended 
  • Wash their hands frequently   
  • Practice physical distancing 
  • Limit contacts with others to what is essential 
  • Get tested for COVID-19 if they experience any symptoms 

We ask all people 12 years or older who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19, or have only received one dose of the vaccine, to get vaccinated now.

Public Health will continue to monitor daily sewage testing in coming days, and will share any updates.  


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