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COVID-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - December 24, 2021

December 24, 2021

There are now 34 active cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Eeyou Istchee. Contact tracing continues. The Omicron variant is confirmed in Eeyou Istchee, and is highly contagious. Additional community measures are in place.


IMPORTANT: Our contact tracing team can no longer call ALL contacts of positive cases because of the high number of contacts and staffing shortages. Follow instructions below.


If you think you are a contact of a positive case or a close contact of a positive case, and you have not been called yet by the contact tracing team, we ask you to do the following:

  • Self-isolate right away.
  •  If you don’t have symptoms, wait 72 hours before requesting a test at your CMC.
  • If you have symptoms, call your CMC to plan a test.




  • The positive cases affect people in at least 5 different communities.
  • Public Health expects more positive cases will be confirmed in coming days.
  • All people with confirmed infections are isolating and have been tested, or are waiting for a test.
  • More than 111 people have been reached through contact tracing so far.
  • If you ARE called by a contact tracer, your cooperation to answer all questions is very helpful.


  • If you are isolating and have been tested, we appreciate your patience. Your test result, whether it is positive or negative, will be confirmed as soon as possible.


Please note that positive test results are confirmed more quickly. If you haven’t yet received your test result, please continue to isolate and wait 72 hours (3 days) before calling the Info-Line.


Public Health will report on new cases once a day during this situation, in order to focus on contact tracing efforts and vaccination.

If you are eligible for a booster shot, or want to get your 2nd or 1st dose, please consult vaccination schedules in your community (click on the link at the bottom of this page). 

  • Double vaccination and a booster shot increases your protection against the Omicron variant.


New Community Measures In Place


The Cree Health Board asks everyone to follow community measures announced by Cree leadership.


  • Private home family gatherings are limited to 20 people.
  • Local indoor church gatherings: 50%
  • Inter-community travel is not allowed for anyone arriving from an area of risk.


All local, in-person end-of-year festivities are cancelled, and will be held virtually instead. Visit your Cree Nation Council Facebook page or website, or contact the Public Safety Officer (PSO) for updated information about local measures.


New isolation measures are required under the Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws for people who are travelling from an area of risk. Click on the "policy change" box at the bottom (left) of the page for more details.


Practice Precautionary Measures


  • Wear a procedural mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Practice physical distancing when necessary.
  • Reduce social contacts.
  • Stay home if you feel sick and get tested.



Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information

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