Call the Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Hotline if you think you have COVID-19
Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information
Call 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Leave a voicemail on the weekend. Your call will be returned.
Or: Inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number.
Quebec Health Ministry Self-Isolation Guidelines
On August 28, Quebec’s Health Ministry announced new provincial guidelines for self-isolation, specifically for confirmed cases of COVID-19, that apply ONLY to people who tested positive for COVID-19. The Ministry guidance now recommends a minimum of 10 days of self-isolation for confirmed COVID-19 cases, if all of their symptoms have resolved by that time.
These revised provincial guidelines do not apply to the Mandatory Self-Isolation Law in Eeyou Istchee. Under local Cree laws, people travelling from Risk Areas still need to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the communities.
If you have symptoms, or have had contact with someone who has, you should:
- Call your local CMC, and arrange to be tested for COVID-19 ASAP. You will stay in self-isolation according to the specific instructions provided by public health workers.
- If symptoms worsen, contact your local CMC and follow instructions.
- It is very important that you inform healthcare workers of your condition before or immediately upon arrival at the clinic, so that we can take proper measures to care for you, and also to prevent the spread to others.
If you have been tested, and your test is positive:
- A healthcare worker will provide you with self-isolation instructions and follow up care.
- The nurse assesses your ability to self-isolate. If necessary, local authorities will provide alternative accommodation.
- Keep in mind that most people develop only mild symptoms and recover fully at home.
- We have prepared a Self-Isolation Kit for persons under investigation or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- You will also be asked about individuals you have been in contact with as part of the contact tracing process.
There is no specific treatment for COVID-19, but most people with the virus will recover on their own.
- For patients with mild symptoms at home, their symptoms can be alleviated with over the counter medications at home (for example soothing body pain or fever with Tylenol as per instructions).
- Patients who are very sick with COVID-19 at the hospital are treated based on their specific symptoms and conditions (for example provided with oxygen when the patient’s oxygen level is too low)
- Supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.
It is possible to get COVID-19 twice, but it is rare to become reinfected after the first few months from the first infection. At this time, we do not know how long the immunity from first infection will last in most people.
The majority of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have mild or moderate disease are considered to be contagious for about 10 to 14 days from the day of beginning of their symptoms.
- Some individuals who have impaired immunity (for example transplant patients who take immunosuppressive medications) and those with severe disease (for example those patients who are admitted to the ICU) can remain contagious for a longer time, for example a month after the onset of symptoms.
- For those people with COVID-19 who do not have symptoms, the 10 days is counted from the first date that they tested positive for the virus.
- It is important that people are symptom free for at least 48 hours before they leave their isolation after the contagious period.
A recovered case of COVID-19 is generally defined as people with mild to moderate COVID-19 disease who are without symptoms for at least 48 hours, 10-14 days after their symptoms initially started (or after their first initial test for COVID-19, if they have no symptoms).
- Based on current knowledge, people who have recovered from COVID-19 may be immune to reinfection for a few months (about 3 months) after the initial infection.
- Even once they’ve recovered, patients must continue precautionary measures like wearing a mask and physical distancing, just like people who have not contracted the virus.
- When someone is considered to have recovered from COVID-19, they are no longer infected with COVID-19 and no longer need to isolate.