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November 19 COVID-19 update

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November 19 update - CBHSSJB Vice-Chairperson Christine Petawabano
November 20, 2021

There are no active cases of COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee. We have the right tools to detect and control COVID-19 when it enters our communities. As we move into the winter season, hockey tournaments and other events, we must continue to take care when we travel and gather together.


A person in Ouje-Bougoumou who developed a COVID-19 infection earlier this month has recovered. The person felt sick after travelling from the south. They self- isolated and got tested. The situation did not involve any close contacts in the community. This case is a reminder for everyone who feels sick to get tested.

There are no active cases of COVID-19 in Eeyou Istchee. We have the right tools to detect and control COVID-19 when it enters our communities. As we move into the winter season, hockey tournaments and other events, we must continue to take care when we travel and gather together. Precautionary measures protect our families and communities.

The Cree Health Board encourage all travelers and workers to get screening tests regularly, even if they are vaccinated. Testing is an important layer of protection.

Children’s COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5 – 11 will start before the end of the year. The Cree Health Board is preparing a vaccination campaign in Eeyou Istchee.

We want parents, guardians and grandparents to get the right information about child vaccination and how it will protect our communities. Visit the Cree Health website where we have shared some frequently asked questions.

3rd doses recommended for certain people

The Cree Health Board recommends a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for some people. A 3rd dose increases protection for certain people who are vaccinated. People who are immunocompromised, who are on dialysis or who are receiving cancer treatments should get a 3rd dose.
A booster shot is recommended for Elders 80 years and older. Booster shots are also available to people 70 years and older, depending on when they were first vaccinated. Your CMC can provide more information for your situation. Appointments are available now. People can learn more about 3rd doses, and why they are recommended by visiting the Cree Health Board website.
Please note that people do not need a 3rd dose for their vaccination passport. If you have proof of 2 vaccines, your vaccination passport is still valid.

Mandatory Vaccination no longer required for health care workers

Quebec has changed the rules for health care workers and COVID-19 vaccination. Health Care Workers are no longer required to be fully vaccinated. Any worker who is not fully vaccinated will be required to get tested on a regular basis. At the Cree Health Board, our Human Resources Department is sharing information about these new rules with staff and employees.

Wiichiihiituwin patients and escorts who travel for appointments

New rules for people who travel by airplane in Canada affect people who take commercial flights and charter flights, including the Cree Health Board Medical charter. All passengers 12 years and older must now show proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Areas of Risk and Deconfinement Measures

The outbreak of COVID cases in Nunavik continues to affect several communities who are our neighbours and relations. The situation is still serious.
There are no cases reported in Kuujuuarapik. Travel between Ungava Bay and Hudson Bay is limited to essential services. Please check with Whapmagoostui public security for updated local measures in place.

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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 travel from a region on the map of areas of risk are subject to Mandatory Self Isolation Laws (MSIL) when they return to Eeyou Istchee.

Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated people who are travelling from these regions will be required to self-isolate when they return to their community, according to local MSIL.

Public Health’s recommendation for local MSIL is for people who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate for 10 days when they return from an area of risk. This includes children under the age of 12.

  • A screening test between Day 5 and 7 is also recommended.

Fully vaccinated people no longer have to isolate when they return from any region outside Eeyou Istchee, including areas of risk. People who are fully vaccinated will have to follow other precautions for one week:

  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Get a COVID test on Day 5.
  • Limit social contacts to essential activities.

People who are travelling should check with their community about other local requirements in place.

Reminder about the Flu Shot

The Cree Health Board encourages everyone who is eligible to get a flu shot. The flu virus is different than the Covid virus. It needs a different vaccine..
Elderly people, and people who have chronic diseases are especially vulnerable to the flu.

You can get your flu shot at your CMC.


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