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People who travelled outside Eeyou Istchee: Mandatory Self-Isolation Guidelines

Upon returning to your community (by car or by plane), you must self-isolate according to the Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws in effect.

 

People who are double-vaccinated (2 doses), partially vaccinated (1 dose), or unvaccinated:

  • 10 days of isolation is required after travelling from an area of risk. 
    • This includes children under the age of 12.
    • Mandatory screening test between Day 5 - 7.
    • See details below.

 

People who are double-vaccinated (2 doses) AND have received a booster shot:

  • 5 days of isolation is required after travelling from an area of risk. 
    • Mandatory screening test on Day 5 after returning to a community.
    • See details below.

 

  • Mandatory Self-Isolation laws also apply to Wiichihiituwin patients and escorts. 
  • Wiichihiituwin patients and escorts traveling from an area of risk by charter plane can split their isolation days.   

*NOTE: A person who is double-vaccinated and has received a booster shot will have to provide proof of vaccination.  

If a person has had a COVID-19 infection, and has received at least 1 dose of the vaccine, they should verify their MSIL vaccination status with Public Health by calling the COVID-19 Info-Line.

 

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. 

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STAY HOME & SELF-ISOLATE - TWO OPTIONS

There are 2 options for self-isolation:

1. Isolate with members of your household as a “bubble”. If you choose to isolate as a “bubble”, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated members of your household have to follow the same isolation guidelines you do. Please refer to specific instructions below for more details.

2. Isolate alone in another dwelling for the time required by MSIL.

Discuss these two options with all household members before you travel. Make sure that everyone involved clearly understands what the limitations will mean for them and that they agree to them.

ISOLATING WITH MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD AS A “BUBBLE”

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What is a household bubble?

A bubble is everyone from the same household who agrees to self-isolate from the moment the traveling person or group arrive home, for the number of required days.

Everyone in your household should agree in advance to complete the self-isolation period as a “bubble”, with its specific restrictions that may include other family members, and the community at large.

ISOLATING AS A BUBBLE IS NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIVE WITH:

  • Family members with high-risk factors, such as having a suppressed immune system, undergoing active treatment for cancer, receiving hemodialysis, or being older than 70.
  • Essential workers (first responders, nurses, etc.) who aren't able to self-isolate at home because of their work.

 

ISOLATING WITH MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD AS A “BUBBLE”

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SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR ISOLATING IN A BUBBLE

  • If you choose to isolate as a “bubble”, members of your household who are unvaccinated,  partially vaccinated, or haven't yet received a booster shot have to follow the same isolation guidelines you do.
  • As much as possible, stay home with members of your household who are also isolating.
  • If you are isolating in a household bubble that includes someone who does has a severe medical condition, or is older than 70:
    • practice physical distancing and wear a mask in their presence, even if they are fully vaccinated.
  • You can be around your children in an isolation bubble.
  • If your children are not vaccinated, they should not attend school in person during the isolation period.
  • If your children are 12 and older and fully vaccinated, try to avoid prolonged, close contact if they are attending school.
  • Try to limit time spent with household members who are not isolating.
    • Wear a mask indoors.
    • Keep your distance from one another throughout your isolation period.
  • Members of your household who are double-vaccinated and have received a booster, and who are not isolating should also follow precautionary measures at home during your isolation period, including:
    •  Wearing a mask indoors if physical distancing can’t be maintained.
    • Respecting physical distance from people who are isolating in the household.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ISOLATING

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STAY HOME DURING ISOLATION PERIOD

  • Buy groceries before your isolation starts, or make arrangements to have them delivered.
  • If you are isolating alone you should be in another dwelling. If you are in a separate room with a door, limit time spent with household members who are not isolating.
  • Wear a mask indoors, and try to keep your distance from one another throughout your isolation period.
  • Air out the house or your isolating room often by opening a window, temperature and weather permitting. When you need fresh air you can go outside, but you must wear a mask.
  • During isolation, don’t go to work, school, into stores, share rides or enter other public places.
  • You may talk to visitors outside your home in your yard, provided you wear a mask and maintain a 2-metre/6-foot distance.
  • Do not invite visitors into your home.  Put the sign “No Visitors Please” on your door. (Scroll down to the bottom of this page to download a sign).
  • If you have regular follow-ups at your local CMC or if you have another medical concern, please call instead of going in person.
  • If you start feeling sick during your isolation period, call your CMC or hospital to find out how to get tested.
  • Even if you don’t feel sick during your isolation, it is mandatory to get a screening test.
  • If you're isolating for 5 days, get a test on Day 5.
  • If you're isolating for 10 days, get a test between Day 5 – 7.
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WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This destroys the virus.
  • Dry with a paper towel or with a cloth hand towel used only by you.
  • If soap and warm water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol.
  • Take special care to wash your hands before touching any common areas (for example in a shared bathroom).
  • Wash your hands before and after touching your pet.
  • Pets are not at risk for COVID-19 but their fur and skin can carry the virus.
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DO NOT SHARE PERSONAL ITEMS DISINFECT SURFACES AND ITEMS FREQUENTLY

  • While in isolation, don’t share plates, utensils, cups, towels, sheets, clothing or any other items.
  • Wash dishes and utensils with soap and water after each use, or use the dishwasher.
  • Disinfect surfaces and items frequently (especially doorknobs, light switches, handrails, etc.).
  • Prepare a disinfectant solution of 1 part household bleach (5%) to 9 parts water (e.g. 1 cup bleach and 9 cups water). Make the mix fresh everyday so it will remain effective.

CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL PSO IF OUTDOOR WALKS ALONE, OR ONLY WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF YOUR BUBBLE ARE ALLOWED IN YOUR COMMUNITY

If you can walk outside, please choose time and location where you are less likely to cross paths with other people.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever (> 38°C)
  • Cough or worsening cough sudden
  • Loss of sense of smell without a stuffy nose
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Greater than usual fatigue

IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, CALL YOUR LOCAL CMC OR HOSPITAL

  • Please call your local CMC or the hospital in advance and let them know you travelled outside of Eeyou Istchee so they can provide you with specific instructions.
  • Do not go to the CMC or hospital unless asked to do so by a healthcare professional.
  • If you have difficulty breathing, call your local CMC or hospital to let them know you are on your way.
  • Use a personal thermometer.
  • If anyone else uses the same thermometer, disinfect it before and after using.
  • Take your temperature at the same time every day and make note of the readings.
  • If you are taking medication to lower your fever, wait at least 4 hours after taking it before taking your temperature.

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CREE NATION GOVERNMENT AREAS OF RISK MAP FOR TRAVELLERS

CNG Map of Areas of Risk for Travellers to Eeyou Istchee

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Reminder: Check with your PSO before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee.

The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.

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