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COVID-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - December 28, 2021

December 28, 2021

There are now 98 confirmed active cases in Eeyou Istchee. While the Omicron variant is driving this surge of cases, the Delta variant is still circulating in Quebec, with a higher risk of illness and hospitalization. We ask everyone to follow new community measures announced December 28 to help slow the spread of the virus.



  • The positive cases affect most communities.
  • None of the cases have required hospitalization.
  • A small number of cases affect health care workers.
  • More than 604 people have been reached through contact tracing as of December 28.
  • We expect more cases will be signaled in coming days through contact tracing.


IMPORTANT: Public Health asks for your collaboration in contact tracing.

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

If you think you are a contact of a positive case


Assume you are positive and take necessary precautions.

  • Self-isolate right away for 10 days.
  • If you have symptoms, call your CMC to plan a test.
  •  If you don’t have symptoms, wait 3-5 days before calling to book a a test.
  • If you are isolating and received a negative result on your first test, you must finish the 10-day isolation period.


CMC services during holidays


  • Emergency services, vaccination and testing are still offered at CMCs during the holiday period.
  • Other services may be reduced because of staffing shortages. 


Do you have a non-urgent health issue?

Call Info-Santé (dial 811) to consult with a nurse 24/7. 

Vaccination is available


  • Public Health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children be vaccinated.
  • Double vaccination and a booster shot increases protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Call your clinic for a booster if you are 18 years old or older and received your 2nd dose at least 3 months ago.
  • We also recommend that people who are immunocompromised get a third dose.


Vaccination schedules (scroll down the page)

Chisasibi Hospital reduced to emergency services


  • Active COVID-19 cases include a small number of health care workers who are isolating.
  • This has caused a staffing shortage affecting the Health Board’s capacity to provide some services in the short-term.

Chisasibi Regional Hospital is offering emergency services only until further notice.


  • We ask that people call before coming to the hospital. They’ll be pre-triaged by phone.
  • Chisasibi Regional Hospital (819) 855-2844 ext. 22438 or 22337.

The Chisasibi hospital is safe for community members experiencing an emergency.


  • Strict COVID-19 precautions are in place at the Chisasibi Hospital. 
  • Staff are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and N95 masks.
  • Patients are required to wear a procedure mask.




  • Reduce social contacts and follow community measures. 
  • Wear a procedural (medical) mask (that covers your nose and mouth, in all indoor public places, and at work. 
  • Respect 2-metre physical distance. 
  • Handwashing.


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Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information

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