- Communicable Disease/Infection
In response to the recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ontario following a mining conference, the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay (CBHSSJB) is taking advanced precautions to contact participants from our region and prevent the spread of illness to Eeyou Istchee.
According to Sudbury & District Public Health, a male in his 50s who had attended the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s conference in Toronto presented himself at the emergency on March 7, 2020. Following testing, the patient was discharged home where he remains in self-isolation.
The CBHSSJB is working with partners in Eeyou Istchee to contact individuals from the region who participated in the conference. Individuals with flu-like symptoms will be tested for COVID-19. Individuals who have no symptoms will complete a 14-day isolation period at home and monitor their health for signs of illness.
If an individual who attended the conference has not been contacted by the Cree Health Board, they are requested to call 514-208-4701
These measures are consistent with the CBHSSJB Pandemic Plan, which has been triggered by the declaration earlier today of a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Since early February, CBHSSJB has been recommending that employers in our region keep track of employees who have recently travelled abroad to ask them to self-isolate for 14 days, ideally before they return to Eeyou Istchee.
CBHSSJB would like to remind the population that the best defense is to protect yourself: wash your hands; cough and sneeze into your sleeve; and avoid touching your hands, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.
In Eeyou Istchee, if a person has a fever and cough, it is probably a cold or the flu. However, if an individual has symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) AND has recently travelled outside Canada (or been in close contact with someone who has), they should call their local CMC. It is very important that they inform health care workers of their condition before or immediately upon arrival at the clinic, so that we can take proper measures to care for them, but also to prevent the spread to others.
For more information visit creehealth.org/coronavirus