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August 11 COVID-19 update

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August 11 update from Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano on JBCCS
August 11, 2021

There are encouraging numbers about the progress with COVID-19 vaccination in our communities:  

  • 8 out of 10 adults 18 years and older have received two doses. 
  • Almost 9 out of 10 youth (age 12-17) have received a first dose. 

The Cree Health Board would like to see youth get their second dose before school starts, and before the summer ends. There are good reasons to get a 2nd dose of the vaccine: 

  • Two doses provide stronger protection against severe illness caused by the coronavirus, including the Delta variant. 
  • Full vaccination also offers longer-lasting protection against severe illness and possible hospitalization. 
  • Getting vaccinated means people can participate in Quebec s vaccination contest. 

All youth aged 12-17 and adults can get their 2nd dose at their CMC. Call to make an appointment this week.  

The Cree Health Board will also have a mobile vaccination unit at the Beauce Carnaval in Chibougamau later this week, for people who are inland and are going to visit the event.  

At this time, people who are fully vaccinated with 2 doses do not have to isolate when travelling from an area of risk. However, check with your local PSOs in your communities for any other measures in place. 


The following regions are still considered areas of risk: 

  • Laval (Region 13) 
  • North Bay 
  • Timmins  
  • Southern and Central Ontario 
  • Other Canadian provinces. 

Travellers returning from those areas to Eeyou Istchee will have to self-isolate if they are not vaccinated, or have only received 1 dose. Again each community may be different therefore please check with you local PSOs. 

The following areas are no longer on the map of areas of risk: 

  • Gatineau (Region 7) 
  • National Capital (Ottawa) region 
  • Eastern Ontario 
  • Montreal (Region 6) 

People travelling from regions that are not on the map of areas of risk do not have to isolate. This applies to all travellers, whether they are vaccinated or not.  

You will be required to show your proof of vaccination when you travel. If you don't have it, visit the Cree Health page for instructions to get it.  

If you are travelling with family members who are not fully vaccinated with 2 doses, contact your Public Safety Officer to find out about specific rules in your community.  


Changes to Precautionary Measures 


The Cree Health would like to remind all communities about the precautionary measures in place under Eeyou Istchee s deconfinement plan. 

  • Private indoor gatherings are allowed with up to 50 people.  
  • Private outdoor gatherings are allowed with up to 150 people.  

Larger events (such as sports, assemblies, weddings, funerals) are allowed with up to 250 participants, as long as the venue (place) allows for physical distancing.  

When gathering indoors: 

  • People should keep a minimum of one metre of distance from people they don t live with, and continue to wear a mask when required. 

When gathering outdoors: 

  • People should keep a minimum of one metre of distance from people they don t live with. Masks are no longer required. 

Communities that don't apply the Mandatory Self-Isolation Law must follow Quebec's restrictions on gatherings. Under Quebec guidelines: 

  • Indoor gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 10 people (3 households).  
  • Private outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people (3 households). 

Check with your local PSOs for other measures in place.  


The Health Board encourages people returning to Eeyou Istchee or who have attended a large gathering to get a Covid test. This is especially recommended for people who are not vaccinated. Contact your local CMC for a test.  



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