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COVID-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - December 29, 2021

December 29, 2021

There are now 150 confirmed active cases in Eeyou Istchee, an increase of 52 cases from yesterday. We are concerned the situation is leading to community transmission. Public Health asks everyone to follow community measures in place to help slow the spread of the virus.



  • More than 656 people have been reached through contact tracing as of December 29.
  • The positive cases affect most communities.
  • A small number of cases affect health care workers.
  • Public Health needs your collaboration with contact tracing.
  • If you test positive, you must let your friends and family know right away so they can take necessary precautions to protect people around them.  


Our contact tracing team can’t call ALL contacts of positive cases, given the rapidly rising number of contacts, and staff shortages. We need everyone’s help.



If you think you are a contact of a positive case: Assume you are positive. Take all needed precautions.


  • Self-isolate right for 10 days.
  • If you have symptoms, call your CMC for a test.
  •  If you don’t have symptoms, you can wait 3-5 days before calling for a test.
  • There may be other testing options in your community (eg rapid tests). Call your PSO to find out.
  • If you are isolating, and were tested, and it was negative, you still have to finish 10 days of isolation.  




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.


Positive test results are confirmed more quickly than negative results. 

  • If you haven’t yet received your test result, please continue to isolate.
  • Wait 72 hours (3 days) after your test before you call the Info-Line.
  • Our team is handling a large volume of calls and are working as quickly as they can.  




  • Rapid tests are now used to increase our overall testing capacity.
  • CMCs can’t keep up with required clinical (PCR) testing given the growing number of cases and contacts.
  • Rapid tests are used as a preliminary screening test for people who have symptoms, or a high chance of exposure from contact with an infected person.
  • Rapid tests are not a diagnostic tool. They can help detect if symptoms are related to COVID-19 or not.
  • In Eeyou Istchee, First Responder and PSOs are supervising the administration of rapid tests.


CMC services during holiday period


  • Emergency services, vaccination and testing are still offered at CMCS, even though other services may be reduced because of staffing shortages.


People with non-urgent health issues can call Info-Santé (dial 811) to consult with a nurse 24/7.



Public health strongly recommends that all eligible adults and children get 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 by community. Click and scroll down the page.



  • Reduce social contacts. Follow all community measures, including household bubbles.
  • Wear a procedural (medical) mask properly to cover your nose and mouth snugly in all indoor public places, and at work. 
  • Respect the 2-metre physical distancing measure.
  • Handwashing.


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