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Covid-19 Update in Eeyou Istchee - January 10, 2022

January 10, 2022
Summary

There are now 544 active cases in Eeyou Istchee and evidence of community transmission, which means Public Health can’t track links between cases. 

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ACTIVE CASES

 

  • 544 active cases in Eeyou Istchee.
    • 252 active cases in coastal communities.
    • 292 active cases in inland communities.

 

  • 6 people have been hospitalized during the outbreak.
    • Four remain in hospital.
    • Two people have been discharged.

285 cases have recovered.

Confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak: 829

 

HOW LONG IS MEDICAL ISOLATION?

People who test positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive must follow medical isolation precautions.

Isolating at home, or in a separate unit if available, and following all precautions will slow the spread of the virus in every community.

 

Isolation instructions for people with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and people identified as close contacts who are waiting for test results. 

 

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

  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Isolate even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • If you start to feel sick while you’re isolating, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.
  • Call anyone you have had close contact with 48 hours prior to the onset of your symptoms.
  • If you don’t have symptoms, please wait 3-5 days before calling for a test.

 

 

 

If you don’t have symptoms (asymptomatic)

  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Monitor your symptoms during that time.
  • If you develop symptoms, assume you are positive. Inform your PSO.
  • If you don’t develop symptoms, wait at 3-5 days before calling for a test.

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR COVID-19 TEST RESULT

 

Once you get your COVID-19 test result, whether positive or negative, please see instructions below (click on the box) to understand what you have to do next. 

 

Rapid Tests in Eeyou Istchee

 

Rapid tests are used as an initial screening test for people who have symptoms, or a high chance of exposure from contact with an infected person.

If people are isolating, and take a rapid test, and it is negative, they should continue isolating and do a 2nd test.

 

Rapid antigen tests are now available in Eeyou Istchee to increase our overall testing capacity. These DIY nasal swabs can tell you within minutes if you have COVID-19 or not, but when should you use one and what should you do with the result?

When Do I Get My Test Results?

 

Starting January 6, people who take a COVID-19 screening test at the CMC or the Chisasibi Hospital will have access to automatic disclosure of their test results by text message.

When people go for a test at the CMC or Hospital, they will need to provide the healthcare worker with a valid cellphone number in order to get their test results by text.

Published on
Wed, Jan 5 2022

Starting January 6, individuals who take a COVID-19 screening test at the CMC or the Chisasibi Hospital will have access to automatic disclosure of test results by text message.

When people go for a test, they will need to provide the healthcare worker with a valid cellphone number where they agree to receive their test result.

CMC SERVICES

 

Some CMC services may be reduced because of staffing shortages. Emergency services, vaccination and testing are still offered.

 

Do you have a non-urgent health issue? Call Info-Santé (dial 811) to consult with a nurse 24/7.

VACCINATION AVAILABLE

 

Double vaccination and a booster shot increases protection against the Omicron variant, severe illness and hospitalization.

  • People who are 18 years and older, and who got their 2nd dose at least 3 months ago can get a booster shot.
  • People who are immunocompromised should get a third dose.

 

PHASE 1 MEASURES

 

Phase 1 measures reduce activity and social gatherings to help contain further spread of the virus and protect local health care services. Regional guidelines:

Other measures are in effect in different communities. Updated information on local measures are available on Cree Nation Council Facebook pages or websites.

 

Published on
Sat, Jan 9 2021

Learn about the new phases of the pandemic. The measures described in each phase are general. Check with your community for specific measures.

 

HOW TO HELP

 

  • Encourage your family and friends to follow isolation instructions, and support them however you can.
  • Follow all community measures in place, including household bubbles, travel limits and reduced social contacts.
  • 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.
  • Consult reliable and credible sources of information.
  • Learn more about Covid-19 and how the virus spreads.

 

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