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Wemindji worksite COVID-19 outbreak contained, no new cases

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Jason Coonishish gives update on Wemindji outbreak on JBCCS
November 2, 2021
November 2, 2021

There are no new COVID-19 infections linked to the worksite cases reported in Wemindji last week. The outbreak is considered to be contained, with no signs of community transmission at this point.  


All infected workers are still isolating under Public Health supervision, in some cases with their families. Contact tracing and testing done over the weekend did not result in any more positive cases in this investigation.  

As of November 2: 

  • 6 cases of COVID-19 are linked to the worksite 
  • 1 case involves a Cree worker 
  • 5 cases involve out-of-region workers 

People identified through contact tracing who were asked to isolate and be tested are required to continue isolation for a length of time determined by their personal level of risk exposure to one or more of the infectious people, and their vaccination status.  

They may also be asked to do further testing this week. More of the people currently in isolation could still test positive after further testing. 

Three (3) of the 6 cases were identified on October 26 following standard asymptomatic screening testing for employees at the worksite required by local and provincial workplace protocol.  

The other 3 cases were confirmed after all workers from the site were tested on October 27.  

Public Health and the Cree Health Board thank everyone affected by this situation for their active collaboration with preventive measures, and isolation in some cases.  


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