Public Health has confirmed one new case of COVID-19 in Chisasibi. They are isolating and following all necessary precautions. The person affected had recently travelled back to Chisasibi from another region outside Eeyou Istchee. This is the only positive case of COVID-19 in Chisasibi at this time.
This person’s infection was detected through a screening test part of the public call-out for testing, for anyone who entered Chisasibi between October 29 – November 3. The call-out was made after early detection of COVID-19 in Chisasibi’s wastewater surveillance November 3 - 4.
- Contact tracing has been done.
- There are a limited number of contacts.
- Many of these people have already been tested and with negative results.
- Other contacts are isolating and will be tested in coming days.
- Wastewater monitoring will also continue in Chisasibi.
Screening tests will continue on Sunday, November 7.
Public Health thanks all community members and clinical staff for their response to the recent call-out for testing, and for continuing to follow standard precautions, including masking and physical distancing.
As a precaution, the community continues to postpone large events and reduce inter-community travel to essential reasons until further notice.
For updated information about community measures, please refer to Chisasibi’s Cree Nation Council. Schools, childcare centres, workplaces and other essential services remain open. We hope to be able to return to normal activities soon.
Wastewater surveillance in the next days may lead to a continued positive signal, given that people can continue to shed COVID-19 for some time after they recover. Public Health will continue to update the community about this situation in coming days.