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New case of COVID-19 at Espresso Hotel

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September 30 update from Vice-Chair Christine Petawabano on JBCCS
October 1, 2021

4th wave update 

There is a new case of COVID-19 at Espresso Hotel involving a Cree patient. The case involves a person who travelled to Montreal early last week. Public Health believes they caught the virus while in Montreal. There are very few close contacts involved. Those people are isolating and being closely monitored. 


4th wave update 

There is a new case of COVID-19 at Espresso Hotel involving a Cree patient.  

The case involves a person who travelled to Montreal early last week. 

Public Health believes they caught the virus while in Montreal. 

There are very few close contacts involved. Those people are isolating and being closely monitored. 

This case, and previous cases in recent weeks have taught us new lessons about Covid-19 and the Delta variant. 

  1. Testing works to catch the virus. 
  2. Contact tracing and isolation work to stop the spread of infection. 

We know the Delta variant spreads more easily, and faster. 

We have to use all tools of protection available. 

Vaccination is a strong tool for protection.  The Cree Nation needs more people to get their 2nd dose of the Covid vaccine.  

  • Almost 500 youth aged 12-17 still need to get their 2nd dose. 
  • And… 1,675 adults 18 and older still need to get their 2nd dose.  

Two doses are needed for maximum protection and to reduce the chance of severe illness and hospitalization. 

Being fully vaccinated means you are helping to protect your community, and local health services.  

If you’re still not sure about the 2nd dose, talk to someone who got it, and think about it.  

Being fully vaccinated benefits your family, community, and protects our local health care services.  

Mandatory vaccination for Health Care Workers 

  • Vaccination will be mandatory for Health Care Workers starting October 15. It’s the law in Quebec.  
  • The Cree Health Board is reviewing this protocol and will provide more details in the coming week.  

Screening tests work 

Covid-19 tests are another tool of protection for our communities. 

Getting tested is important, even if you don’t have symptoms. 

If you’ve attended a large gathering, or travelled outside of Eeyou Istchee, think about getting tested. This is especially important if you aren’t vaccinated. 

Tests are available at your CMC. Call to get one. 

Areas of Risk 

The region of Sudbury has been added to the map of areas of risk. This is because of the rise in Covid cases reported there.  

Region 7 Outaouais 

Region 5 – Estrie 

Region 4 - Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec 

Region 6 – Montréal 

Region 12: Chaudiere-Appalaches  

Region 13 – Laval 

Region 14 – Lanaudière 

Region 15 – Laurentides 

Region 16 – Montérégie 

Ottawa, Hastings, and Eastern Ontario are also considered areas of risk. 


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Reminder: Check with your PSO before traveling outside of Eeyou Istchee.

The Cree Nation Government and the Cree Board of Health are closely monitoring our neighbouring areas to assess the risks associated with travel. We are looking for any increase in the number of cases, changes in the regions' ability to manage epidemics, and their ability to conduct contact tracing.

People who are travelling from these regions will be required to self-isolate when they return to their community, according to local Mandatory Self-Isolation Laws. Check with your Cree Nation Council for MSIL requirements in place. The Health Board currently recommends:  

  • 7 days of isolation for fully vaccinated people 
  • 10 days of isolation for partially or unvaccinated people.  

Vaccination Passport Update 

The vaccination passport with QR code is now in effect in Quebec. This passport is in effect in Quebec, outside of Eeyou Istchee, to access non-essential services.  

The QR passport is in effect in Chibougamau, Valdor, Montreal, Quebec City, and other regions where Cree travel. It is not required in Eeyou Istchee. 

Ongoing Staff Shortage at CMCs in Eeyou Istchee 

The Cree Health Board continues to experience a shortage of staff at CMCs in Eeyou Istchee.  

We thank our front-line workers for their continued dedication to their jobs.  

We ask everyone to treat our CMC staff with care and respect during these challenging times.  

Changes to COVID-19 Info-Lines 

The Covid-Info line is open to take your questions from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.  

Wiichihiiwaauwin Helpline is open 24/7 to anyone who wants to call and talk to someone. It is a safe and confidential space to share.  


Eeyou Istchee COVID-19 Information

Call 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Leave a voicemail on the weekend. Your call will be returned.  

Or: Inbox @creehealth on Facebook. Leave your name & number. 

Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline

Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request

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The Delta variant is more contagious and can cause more severe disease.  A person with the Delta variant will infect more people than if they had other variants. The Delta variant may lead to more hospitalizations and complications.

Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community.


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