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Four phases of the pandemic plan explained

January 9, 2021
Summary

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

Content

The goals of the CBHSSJB pandemic plan are as follows:

  • Limit COVID-19 virus transmission within Eeyou Istchee
  • Prevent illness and death from COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee
  • Ensure access to health care services in all communities
  • Prevent and limit social disruptions associated with the pandemic

Here are the different phases of the plan with new colour-coding:

Phase 1: Red

Phase 1

High risk in our region or evidence of community transmission. 

What to expect:

  • No indoor or outdoor gatherings, except with members of the immediate household. 
  • Outside the household, interactions take place with precautions like wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing your hands frequently, etc.
  • Only essential businesses remain open (e.g. grocery stores, gas stations, etc.).
  • Urgent medical services are available, but medical travel outside the region is limited, especially to areas of risk. 
  • Travel within the region and to other regions is restricted to essential reasons. MSIL applies to areas of risk.
  • Work and school are modified (e.g. online classes) but essential services are maintained.
  • Childcare is only available to essential workers.
Phase 2: Orange

Phase 2

There are many cases in our region, there could be community transmission or very high risk from outbreaks in other regions.

What to expect:

  • Only 2 households can gather indoors (same 2) or outdoors.
  • Outside the household, take precautions such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.
  • Time-sensitive medical services are provided, but medical travel outside the region is limited, especially to areas of risk. Some reductions in elective appointments and follow-up visits.
  • Travel within Eeyou Istchee and other regions is not recommended. MSIL applies to areas of risk.
  • Work and school are adapted (e.g. online learning, teleworking).
  • Child care prioritized for those who cannot offer care at home
Phase 3: Yellow

Phase 3

A controllable risk of transmission. There may be a few cases in our region that were acquired outside the region, or there may be significant outbreaks in neighbouring regions, but the situation is under control and there are no signs of community transmission in Eeyou Istchee.

What to expect:

  • Indoors, 3 households up to 25 people, and outdoors,10 households up to 75 people, can gather.
  • In public, precautionary measures in place, like wearing a mask, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.
  • Health services modified to reduce contact and travel. Elective appointments may be reduced.
  • Businesses open with limited capacity.
  • No restriction on travel within Eeyou Istchee. Travel to other regions not recommended. MSIL applies to areas of risk.
  • Important social activities such as weddings, funerals, and ceremonies, can take place with precautions.
Phase 4: Green

Phase 4

The risk to our region is low. There are no active cases in our region and very few affecting Cree people outside our region.  

What to expect:

  • Indoors, 50 people and outdoors 150 people can gather, taking precautions like wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing their hands frequently, etc.
  • Full health services, but they may be delivered in a  modified way to reduce contact.
  • No restrictions on travel, but MSIL applies to areas of risk in other regions.
  • Businesses open with limited capacity.

Questions?

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