Numbers finally drop

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According to the Cree Health Board, Covid19 cases have dramatically declined in recent weeks across Eeyou Istchee, with only 49 active cases reported as of May 20.

However, one more person died from the virus, bringing the number of deceased to 12 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Health authorities cautioned that the virus is still circulating, with all Cree communities reporting at least one case – Mistissini had 10 active cases, for instance, while OujeBougoumou had only one.

Ouje-Bougoumou’s CMC was still operating with reduced services due to the recent outbreak, while the CMC and MSDC in both Wemindji and Whapmagoostui were likewise operating with reduced services. Waswanipi’s CMC Awash and Robin’s Nest also had reduced capacity.

The CHB said home delivery service for medication in Mistissini and Chisasibi would end June 22 but may be reinstated if necessary. Dr. Luc Boileau, Quebec’s interim public health director, said that third doses were recommended for all adults, including healthcare workers and pregnant women, as well as teenagers aged 12-17 at risk of complications or living in congregate settings.

However, Boileau said fourth doses were currently only recommended for those at the highest risk, including immunocompromised individuals, those living in seniors’ homes and long-term care homes, people over 80 and those living with seniors or vulnerable individuals.

Across Quebec, Covid cases and hospitalizations continued to decline, even after the province lifted the mask mandate in most locations. However, Quebec’s order of pharmacists urged people to continue wearing masks at pharmacies to protect vulnerable individuals.

Montreal ended the Covid state of emergency it declared in December at the beginning of the most recent wave, saying it no longer needed the emergency powers as cases declined.

Benjamin Powless, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Nation

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