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August 31 COVID-19 update

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September 1 update from Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano on JBCCS
August 31, 2021

The Cree Health Board has been working with local and regional leadership and PSO teams to monitor cases in Waskaganish and Inland communities. At Espresso Hotel, a group of individuals who are all in isolation in their rooms also tested positive.


Situation at Espresso Hotel

As of Tuesday, August 31st, the CBHSSJB confirms that a group of individuals staying together in Espresso Hotel have tested positive for COVID-19. They have been self-isolating in their room since Saturday August 28. 

Several people have also been identified in contact tracing as having had close contact with one or more of these people. These close contacts are also self-isolating and will be tested.


Situation in Waskaganish and Inland

Cases in Waskaganish that were linked to travel outside the region appear to be contained. Contact tracing is ongoing related to the Adult Education Graduation in Mistissini on August 27, and so far, no new cases have appeared.  

A situation in Chibougamau linked to Pub Royale continues to be closely monitored. At this time, all Cree tested have come back negative. Travel to Chibougamau should be limited to essential needs and services.  

Public Health is grateful to everyone who responded to calls from contact tracing and came to get tested. The Grand Chief expressed this morning that she wishes to thank everyone for their efforts in responding to these recent cases. 


Lessons Learned

These recent cases show that Delta is a threat to our communities. The Delta variant is much more contagious than other forms of COVID. It infects more people and spreads faster than other strains of the virus. 

We also learned that vaccination is the best protection against severe illness and hospitalization. People who are fully vaccinated can still get sick, but they usually have much less severe illness. 

If you are not fully vaccinated with two doses, please make an appointment at your CMC as soon as possible. We need to get our vaccination rates up as we face the 4th wave of the pandemic.


Changes to Areas of Risk

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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.

The following regions are being added to areas of risk as of Wednesday, August 31 at 11:59 pm. 

  • Region 7 Outaouais 

  • Region 5 – Estrie 

  • Ottawa, Hastings, and Eastern Ontario 

The following regions are already defined as Areas of Risk: 

04 - Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec 

06 – Montréal 

13 – Laval 

14 – Lanaudière 

15 – Laurentides 

16 – Montérégie 

This means that all travellers returning from these regions will be required to self-isolate when they return to their community, whether or not they are vaccinated.

Here are the isolation requirements for people returning from areas of risk: 

  • If you are fully vaccinated with two doses, you need to self-isolate for 7 days with a test on Day 5 

  • If you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, with one dose, you need self-isolate for 10 days with a test between day 5-7


Vaccine Passport and Proof of Vaccination

You will be required to show your proof of vaccination when you travel. Quebec is putting in place rules requiring people to show their proof of vaccination in many different places. The Cree Health Board will share information about the Vaccination Passport system in the next few days.


Precautionary Measures

The Cree Health Board reminds 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.  

  • The number of people allowed at indoor public events such as sports, assemblies, weddings, funerals is 150 people. 

When gathering indoors: 

  • People should keep a minimum of 2 metres from people they don’t live with, and continue to wear a mask when required. 

When gathering outdoors: 

  • People should keep a minimum of 2 metres from people they don’t live with. Masks are no longer required outdoors, as long as you can stay 2 meters apart. 


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Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community.

The Delta variant is more contagious and can cause more severe disease.  A person with the Delta variant will infect more people than if they had other variants. The Delta variant may lead to more hospitalizations and complications.

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