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Chisasibi Community Investigation Protocol lifted after 1 COVID-19 case identified

November 11, 2021

The Cree Nation of Chisasibi confirmed on November 10 that all events and gatherings will resume under Phase 4 safety protocols, and that travel is no longer restricted to essential reasons. 

The CBHSSJB Public Health Team is confident that the COVID-19 situation in Chisasibi is currently well contained and the Community Investigation Protocol can end.


As of November 10, there is only one active case of COVID-19 in Chisasibi.  

Contact tracing for this case is done, and there are a limited number of contacts. Many of these people have already been tested and received negative results. A few test results are pending. Some of these people are still isolating until they are tested for a second time.  

Public Health thanks all community members and Chisasibi’s Emergency Response Committee for their remarkable collaboration in the past week, after a positive sewage sample signalled the presence of a COVID-19 case in the community.  

  • The positive sewage sample was confirmed Thursday, November 4. 
  • It signalled the presence of at least one undetected case of COVID-19 in the community. 
  • A Community Investigation Protocol was implemented to limit visits, gatherings and events.  
  • People who recently travelled to Chisasibi were asked to take a COVID-19 screening test. 
  • 150 people were tested. 

The positive case was detected, contact tracing was completed, including isolation and tested when required.  

It is possible that one or more of the close contacts currently isolating could develop an infection before their second test is done. But given they are isolating, and that they would have been doing so since the moment they could be contagious to others, this does not present a new risk to the community at large.  

Sewage monitoring through the weekend of November 5-7 showed no further increase in a detection signal. Monitoring will return to the regular schedule of three samples per week.  

Chisasibi’s COVID-19 Swab Test Clinic has returned to regular hours (Monday – Friday, 5 PM – 7 PM).  

We acknowledge the efforts of Chisasibi’s emergency response committee to support and collaborate with the Public Health investigation. 


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Chisasibi COVID-19 Testing Clinic

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Clinic hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Clients are responsible to book appointment to get swab tested.

Access to the site is behind the hospital.

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