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COVID-19 BULLETIN #268

Public health officials advise 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place; 
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the Fairview Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge; and
• a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.5 per cent provincially and 14.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 344 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 15,632.

Today’s data shows:
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 73 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 65 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 178 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,865 active cases and 6,487 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 322 people in hospital with 45 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 280.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,110 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 345,708. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Misericordia Health Centre on its Transitional Care Unit C6 in Winnipeg, the Grace Hospital Unit 4 South in Winnipeg and the Kin Place Personal Care Home in Oakbank. These sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreaks declared at Collège Louis-Riel, Collège Leo Remillard and the Convalescent Home all in Winnipeg have been declared over.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The Fundamentals Will Help Keep Us Safe

Medical Officer of Health for the Northern Health Region Dr. Mike Isaac tells us to listen to public health officials. 

 

Now is the time to stay home, practice those fundamentals around social distancing, reducing the number of contacts we have and if you get symptomatic with COVID with fever, chills, cough, loss of taste and smell, runny nose, those types of things it is important to self-isolate and get tested.

 

Isaac emphasizes if we do these things we will all be in good stead going forward.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Incident Command Team COVID 19 Update

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation command team issued a COVID 19 update earlier this week.

 

Canadian armed forces personnel have been monitoring the Rod McGillivray Care Home and the team is still working with staff at the care home and the staff at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre.

 

People are reminded that when you go through OCN’s community check points you will be asked for your name, license plate number and if you are leaving for essential services.

 

Opaskwayak Education Services is also reminding parents to pick up their children’s homework packages and to return them as soon as possible.

 

The full Command Team update can be found on the Opaskwayak ininew Facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #267

Public health officials advise 10 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region:
• a female in her 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Maples Long Term Care Home;  
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Menno Home in Grunthal;
• a male in his 90s from Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Menno Home in Grunthal;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;  
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo; 
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.8 per cent provincially and 14.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 383 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction and one case being from out of province. This brings the total new cases to 381 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 15,288.

Today’s data shows:
• 26 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 29 cases in the Northern health region;
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 111 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 202 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,845 active cases and 6,177 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 307 people in hospital with 46 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 266.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,509 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 341,973. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Concordia Hospital unit N3 West in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at: www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

Amanda Lathlins Private Members Bill Passes First Reading

MLA Amanda Lathlins Private Members Bill 213 passed its first reading recently.

 

The Bill would provide access to health care to children and young people in Northern and remote communities that have been sexually assaulted.

 

As of right now in Northern communities like The Pas only adults have access to sexual assault kits and if a minor reports a sexual assault they are instead flown to Winnipeg to see a sexual assault nurse examiner.

 

Sexual assault kits are used to gather evidence to charge sexual predators and Lathlin believes that this inequality in access to resources for victims of sexual assault can have grave implications on children and they deserve better

COVID-19 BULLETIN #266

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home; 
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Buhler Active Living Centre;
• a female in her 90s from Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home;  and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 14 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 349 new cases of the virus have been identified as of bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,907. Due to a data error, a death has been removed.

Today’s data shows:
• 22 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 30 cases in the Northern health region;
• 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 73 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 213 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,758 active cases and 5,893 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 303 people in hospital with 50 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 256. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,614 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 340,151. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Today, the testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. The site will provide walk-in services, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Woodhaven Manor in Steinbach and Lions Manor in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

Manitoba Teachers' Society

With Manitoba under strict COVID-19 protocols, a union for teachers in the province feels like its members are not being heard by the government.

 

James Bedford, the President of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, says one of the biggest challenges teachers are facing this school year is having to teacher in-class in addition to students whose families requested remote learning at the same time.

 

Bedford adds that there are not enough teachers and substitute teachers in the system in the case where a teacher is not able to go to work due to COVID-19 testing and isolation.

 

He says that while teachers and parents were elated when the federal government announced funding for schools back in the summer, Bedford states that the province isn’t using that money to its full extent.

 

Bedford explains the most pressing need for teachers in the province is mental health support so that teachers aren’t burnt out and missing work as a result.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #265

Public health officials advise 12 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital, Unit E6;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Health Science Centre unit A4;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Norbert personal care home;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Villa Youville personal care home; 
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Oakview Manor; 
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Fairview Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.2 per cent provincially and 13.9 per cent in Winnipeg, and 476 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, five cases were removed due to data corrections and brings the total of new cases to 471, and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,558.

Today’s data shows:
• 37 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 38 cases in the Northern health region;
• 33 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 111 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 257 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,677 active cases and 5,633 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 292 people in hospital with 47 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 248.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,461 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 337,489. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. tomorrow. The site will provide walk-in services and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Northern Lights Manor in Flin Flon. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The outbreaks have been declared over at Patient Care Units E5 and E6 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Public health officials also advise that Manitoba is introducing additional steps to ensure improved case and contact monitoring. In the coming days, an outbound automated calling system will be implemented to expand on the current methods for case and contact monitoring.
 
If a case or contact has a question, they can simply press a key on the phone pad to request a call back from the public health nurse. If the case/contact is at the end of the monitoring period and has no further questions, the case/contact can be marked recovered.
 
In the first phase, the calls will be used to determine if active cases can now be marked recovered. In the second phase, the system will be used to contact cases and their related contacts. This will allow public health officials to be more responsive and reach people sooner.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #264

Public health officials advise seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Maples Long-Term Care Home outbreak;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Holy Family Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the Menno Home outbreak;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 546 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases were removed due to error, for a net total of 543 new cases. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,087.

Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 27 cases in the Northern health region;
• 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 118 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 368 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,498 active cases and 5,353 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 296 people in hospital with 52 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 236.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,798 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 333,694. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Flin Flon Personal Care Home in Flin Flon and the Charleswood Care Centre in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The site will provide walk-in services, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The Pas Friendship Centre Toy Drive Results

The results are in for the funds raised for The Pas Friendship Centres Holiday Today Drive pledge show that was held here on CJAR.

 

Over six thousand dollars was raised to purchase gift cards to buy toys.

If you wish to donate call 204-627-7500

 

Holly LaJambe wants to thank everyone that made donations.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #259

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include: 

a male in his 20s from the Winnipeg health region; 
a female in her 50s from the Northern health region; 
a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Keekinan Centre; 
a female in her 60s from the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak;
a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home; and
a male in his 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.7 per cent provincially and 13.7 per cent in Winnipeg, and 438 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to an error and brings the total to 437 new cases and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 12,919.
 
Today’s data shows:
22 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
28 cases in the Northern health region;
27 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
114 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
247 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
7,861 active cases and 4,851 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 281 people in hospital with 43 people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 207.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 3,061 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 324,973. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
The outbreaks at Swan Valley Health Centre and Swan Valley Lodge personal care home have been declared over. 
 
Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
Updated public health orders came into effect this morning and further limited residential gatherings and retail operations to help halt the spread of COVID-19 and protect Manitobans. For more information about the new orders visit:
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.
 
Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html
 
The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:

COVID-19 BULLETIN #258

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Keekinan Centre;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Gilbert Plains personal care home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Gilbert Plains personal care home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 13.7 per cent in Winnipeg, and 475 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 12,482.

Today’s data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 55 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 124 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 271 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,629 active cases and 4,655 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 263 people in hospital with 43 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 198.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,269 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 321,853. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Winnipeg’s Health Science Centre GA3 unit, the Buhler Active Living Centre in Winkler, the Oakwood Place in Blumenort and St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce continues to work to support local businesses and they recently had their annual General meeting virtually.

 

Jill Wilkinson was elected the new president and Al McLauchlan was elected vice president.

 

You can keep up to date with The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce on their Facebook page.

Operation Christmas Child Local Results

Operation Christmas Child was very successful locally this year.

 

A total of 240 Christmas shoeboxes were filled from The Pas and Area, Snow Lake, and Flin Flon and many were also filled online.

 

Local organizer Pat Tonn told Arctic Radio that it was wonderful to see the generosity and willingness to help those in need especially during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

You can still make online donations at samaritanspurse.ca or at packabox.com

COVID-19 BULLETIN #257

Public health officials advise 11 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a female in her 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a female in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.2 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg, and 400 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed because it was a duplicate. This brings the net new cases to 399 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 12,007.

Today’s data shows:
• 20 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 40 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 93 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 239 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,385 active cases and 4,432 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 249 people in hospital with 40 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 190.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,050 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 318,479. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

A specific fine of $298 is being put in place for not wearing a mask in indoor public places, which is required under the current public health orders. Enforcement officials can issue this fine. All other fines for individuals related to public health orders remain at $1,296.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at Health Science Centre GH3 and GA4 units. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

Public Notice for RM of Kelsey Residents

The RM of Kelsey would like to inform residents that Young Point Road is now open from Herman Road to Pasquia Lake Road.

 

Also Nadiger Road is now closed from Young Point Road to Herman Road until the end of Today.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #256

Public health officials advise seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a female in her 30s from the Interlake–Eastern region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.6 per cent provincially and 13.3 per cent in Winnipeg, and 270 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to being from out-of-province. This brings the net new cases to 269 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 11,608.

Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 16 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 106 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 119 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,105 active cases and 4,324 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 240 people in hospital with 41 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 179.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,126 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 315,412. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Bridgepark Manor Assisted Living facility in Steinbach, Union Gospel Mission in Winnipeg, Southeast Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Fairview Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and Winnipegosis Personal Care Home in Winnipegosis. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Bridgepark Manor Assisted Living facility in Steinbach, Union Gospel Mission in Winnipeg, Southeast Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon and Winnipegosis Personal Care Home in Winnipegosis. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #255

Public health officials advise 10 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a male in his 80s, a female in her 80s and a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Bethesda Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria Hospital;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Seine River Retirement Home cluster;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Carman Memorial Hospital;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Brooklyn Terrace; and
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Bethesda Regional Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13 per cent provincially and 12.8 per cent in Winnipeg, and 392 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 11,339.

Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 25 cases in the Northern health region;
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 72 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
• 255 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,011 active cases and 4,156 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 234 people in hospital with 42 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 172.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,391 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 312,238. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at St. Paul’s Residence (personal care home) in The Pas and at Oakview Place personal care home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The Pas RCMP Search for Missing Patient

The Pas RCMP search for missing patient

 

On November 12, 2020, at approximately 3:20 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of a male in distress. The male also had multiple warrants for his arrest, some of which were in relation to violent crimes. Police attended and arrested the 26-year-old male. He was taken directly to the hospital for medical assessment.

 

At approximately 8:30 pm, while still waiting to be seen by a doctor, the male was walking to the washroom, when he made a dash for the door and was able to leave the hospital. Officers were able to see him run northbound to Fischer Avenue, but he has evaded police since that time.

 

Rodney St. Gelais was handcuffed and wearing clothing suitable for the weather. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a ballcap on and the hood up. He had a black cloth facemask with a white Nike logo on the left side. St. Gelais was wearing tan khaki pants with white/grey shoes, and a light blue almost grey plaid jacket with snap buttons. He has a black stud piercing in the centre of his left eyebrow. Police are concerned for his well-being.

 

If you see St. Gelais, do not approach him as he could be a threat to himself or others. Call police immediately.

 

RCMP are asking anyone with information to call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

Thompson Police Dog Services and the North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team are assisting with the ongoing investigation.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #252

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including:
•    a female in her 40s from the Northern health region;
•    a female in her 60s from the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home; and
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.  

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.6 per cent provincially and 12.2 per cent in Winnipeg, and 437 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, three cases were removed due to being out-of-province and a data correction. This brings the net new cases to 434 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 10,216.

Today’s data shows:
·    33 cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
·    28 cases in the Northern health region;
·    20 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
·    96 cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
·    260 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
·    6,307 active cases and 3,772 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    there are 231 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
·    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 137.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,335 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 303,559. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Two new COVID-19 testing sites are opening. A drive-up Winnipeg site opens today at 3975 Portage Ave. (Assiniboia Downs) while a drive-thru location located at 2007 Saskatchewan Ave. West (Manitoba Public Insurance building) in Portage la Prairie opens Monday. To view hours of operation visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list.            


Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home in Gilbert Plains, Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. worksite in Brandon, Adult and Teen Challenge in Winnipeg, Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg, Brooklyn Terrace in Steinbach and Reston School in Reston. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
·    Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
·    Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
·    If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising that the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear personal protective equipment while at work, such as health-care workers, first responders or teachers and educational assistants. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

Car Fire Outside CJAR Station Building

Arctic Radio has received more details on the car fire that occurred outside the CJAR radio station building on Thursday evening.

 

The report came in around 6:19 PM where it was reported that smoke was coming from the hood of a vehicle.

 

When fire crews arrived at the scene there were flames coming from the hood of the vehicle but the flames did not reach the cab.

 

It took about 4 minutes to extinguish the flames but fire crews stayed on scene to ensure it was fully put out.

 

The investigation is ongoing and there is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

Manitoba Public Insurance and Municipalities Partner for Road Safety By Installing Speed Display Boards

Over the next couple of months Manitoba Public Insurance will provide 25 speed display boards to 13 communities in the province.

 

The speed boards are electronic signs that use radar to detect the speed of an approaching vehicle and display the speed on an LED message display with the goal of encouraging motorists to obey the posted speed limit.

 

The Town of The Pas and Thompson are expected to receive these speed boards.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #251

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including:
•    a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from Southern Health-Santé Sud and linked to the outbreak at the Bethesda Regional Health Care medicine unit;
•    a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a female in her 80s from the from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home; and
•    a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Long Term Care.   
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11 per cent provincially and 11.4 per cent in Winnipeg, and 474 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 9,782.

Today’s data shows:
·    26 cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
·    20 cases in the Northern health region;
·    19 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
·    94 cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
·    315 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
·    6,030 active cases and 3,620 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    there are 227 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
·    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 132.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,717 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 300,169. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at River East Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Effective today, Nov. 12, the entire province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable. To learn more about restrictions and the measures in place visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
·    Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
·    Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
·    If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising that the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear personal protective equipment while at work, such as health-care workers, first responders or teachers and educational assistants. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #249

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including: 

 

· a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; 
· a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; 
· a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Seine River Retirement Residence;
· a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home outbreak, and
· a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital outbreak.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 10 per cent in Winnipeg, and 384 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to being out of province, which brings the net new cases to 383 and brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 8,878. 
 
Today’s data shows:
· 26 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
· 41 cases in the Northern health region;
· 18 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
· 83 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
· 216 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
· 5,390 active cases and 3,374 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
· there are 207 people in hospital with 30 people in intensive care; and
· the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 114.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,762 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 290,560. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Bethania Mennonite personal care home in Winnipeg, Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, St. Amant Health and Transition Services in Winnipeg, Extendicare Tuxedo Villa personal care home in Winnipeg and Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Officials advise the COIVD-19 outbreaks on the B5 unit at St. Boniface Hospital and at Birds’ Hill School have been declared over. The unit and school will return to regular operations. 
 
Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19: 
· Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
· Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
· If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
 
Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.   
 
The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit:
 
The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  
 
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:

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