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COVID-19 BULLETIN #228

Public health officials advise the 43rd death due to COVID-19 has been reported, a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region. This case was previously announced and is connected to the outbreak at Parkview Place. 

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent and 135 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. and brings the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,626. 
 
Today’s data shows:
17 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
four cases in the Northern health region;
12 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
102 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
1,774 active cases and 1,809 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
hospital and ICU data is not available due to a technical issue related to the data refresh and the data will be posted as soon as it is available; and 
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 43.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,861 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 230,641. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
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 strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
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: 
 

Kelsey School Division COVID 19 Statement

On October 19th the Kelsey School Division was made aware of a confirmed COVID 19 case at one of their schools.

 

The school division wants to assure parents and students that the school division is working closely with public health to determine if there is any risk to the school community and if any additional steps are required and public health will contact anyone directly if they have been exposed.

 

As part of their safety plan parents are reminded to keep their children home if they are unwell and the schools will continue to practice appropriate COVID 19 safety measures including mask wearing, and social distancing.

 

The statement from the School Board can be found on the 102.9 CJAR Facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #227

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.3 per cent and 110 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, a case was removed due to duplication. This brings the total net new cases today to 109 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,491. 

 
Today’s data shows:
two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
11 cases in the Northern health region;
two case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
88 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
1,746 active cases and 1,703 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
there are 32 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 42.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,149 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 228,713. 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 Golden West Centennial Lodge, Misericordia Place and Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg. All three facilities have been elevated to red on the province’s #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.
 
Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at Bird’s Hill School at 3950 Raleigh St. in Winnipeg. The school has been elevated to orange on the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 
 
The outbreak at John Pritchard School has been declared over and the school has returned to normal restrictions (yellow) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
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: 

Aseneskak Casino Will Continue Operating

New restrictions on casinos took effect yesterday in the Winnipeg Region and the Aseneskak Casino wants to clarify that this will not affect their business and they will continue to operate.

 

They are asking people not to visit if they are unwell and to wear a mask and practice physical distancing if you plan to visit.

 

They would like to thank all patrons for doing their part to keep others safe.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #225

Public health officials advise the 41st and 42nd deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 80s and a male in his 70s, both from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Heritage Lodge outbreak. These cases were previously announced.

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.2 per cent and 80 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,382.
 
Today’s data shows:
four cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
five cases in the Northern health region;
six case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
14 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
51 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
1,743 active cases and 1,597 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
there are 28 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 42.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,677 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 226,594. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
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.
 
With the growing number of cases in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, the province is introducing targeted measures under the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close, prolonged contact? between people. These measures will come into effect today and will be in place for a minimum of two weeks. For more information, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/winnipeg/index.html
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
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:

COVID-19 BULLETIN #224

Public health officials advise the 39th and 40th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a male in his 70s and a female in her 70s, both from the Winnipeg health region. These cases were previously announced.

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.7 per cent and 44 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,302.
 
Today’s data shows:
nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
two cases in the Northern health region;
two case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
25 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
1,675 active cases and 1,587 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
there are 29 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 40.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,479 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 225,214. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
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.
 
With the growing number of cases in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, the province is introducing targeted measures under the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close, prolonged contact? between people. These measures will come into effect tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 19, for a minimum of two weeks. For more information, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/winnipeg/index.html
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
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:

Premier Pallister Urging Manitobans to Get a Flu Shot This Year

Premier Brian Pallister has officially launched the provinces influenza immunization program.  He says it’s even more important to get a flu shot as we deal with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. 

 

He explains the flu vaccine protects us from serious illness and the flu vaccine saves lives adding the flu vaccine is available to all Manitobans at no charge and he is pleased to say that the eligibility criteria for the high dose seasonal influenza vaccine has been expanded to include not only senior residents of long term care facilities but many other Manitobans over 65 years of age.

 

That includes all seniors living north of the 53rd parallel.  Close to 150 thousand doses have already been shipped to providers with the full allotment to be sent out over the next several weeks.  You can find times and locations for influenza clinics by going to the Northern Health Region website.

The Pas Family Resource Centre

The Pas Family Resource Centre is having an online pumpkin carving contest pumpkins will be provided and can be picked up on October 20th and 21st at 209 Fischer Avenue and you can call 204-620-4664 to secure one.

 

The deadline to submit photos of pumpkins is October 28th and contest rules and more details can be found on The Pas Family Resource Centre Facebook page.

Manitoba 211 Phone Line Launch

Manitobans who may be seeking help or support now have an easier way of being directed to the resources that they may need.

 

That’s thanks to the new 2-1-1 phone line service in the province, which launched last week.

 

Manitoba 2-1-1’s online service was established in 2017, and United Way Winnipeg’s President and CEO Connie Walker says that they were able to expand to the phone line service thanks to funding provided by the federal government.

 

Walker says people can now call 2-1-1 and will be in touch with a call taker who will help find the right kind of health or social service you may need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For more information on the new 2-1-1 phone line service, you can call 2-1-1, or visit mb.211.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #221

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.2 per cent and 75 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,173.

Today’s data shows:
•    seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    two cases in the Northern health region;
•    one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    two cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    63 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
•    1,582 active cases and 1,553 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 25 people in hospital and five people in intensive care; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 38.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,174 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 220,052. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise that with the increase in cases, the number of possible exposures continues to rise. As of 9:30 a.m., there have been nine school exposures in the Winnipeg, Southern Health-Santé Sud and Prairie Mountain Health regions, as well as exposures related to one child care centre, two travel/transit and one night club since yesterday. Possible exposure locations will be shared on social media and are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html  with flight information listed at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html

For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 within regions, visit:
•    Interlake-Eastern: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/interlake_eastern/index.html#exposure
•    Northern: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/northern/index.html#exposure
•    Prairie Mountain Health:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/prairie_mountain/index.html#exposure
•    Southern Health-Santé Sud: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/southern/index.html#exposure
•    Winnipeg Regional Health Authority:  www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/winnipeg/index.html#exposure

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household 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.
•    Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
•    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.

Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

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.

Manitoba Justice Looking for Corrections Officers

Manitoba Justice is looking for corrections officers and they will be holding information sessions next Wednesday at Mary Duncan School.

 

The sessions will cover career opportunities and the corrections officer training program with The Pas Correctional Centre.

 

The sessions will be held at 2 in the afternoon and 7 in the evening and if you are interested in signing up or if you want more information call, 204-627-8459 or 204-627-8344.

Northland Ford Scares Hunger Food Drive

The Northland Ford Scares Hunger Food Drive is up and running and they will be accepting food donations at the dealership from now until October 31st.

 

All donations will go to local school breakfast programs and The Pas Friendship Centre Foodbank.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #220

Public health officials advise the 38th death due to COVID-19 has been reported, a male in his 40s from the Winkler district in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. This was a previously announced case.

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.9 per cent and 173 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,098. 
 
Today’s data shows:
six cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
three cases in the Northern health region;
eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
23 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
133 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
1,527 active cases and 1,533 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
there are 25 people in hospital and five people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 38. 
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,117 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 217,878. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
As COVID-19 activity increases, licenced personal care homes (PCHs) in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region have been elevated to Critical (red) in the Pandemic Response System. This means any new PCH admission will remain isolated for 14 days upon arrival and there will be no new admission to a PCH with a suspected or confirmed outbreak will be paused unless the new resident is already confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.
 
Public health officials advise that with the increase in cases, the number of possible exposures continues to rise. There have been 10 possible exposures at schools in Winnipeg, additional exposures in other settings in the Southern Health–Santé Sud and Prairie Mountain health regions as well as on a Winnipeg Transit bus, one school bus and two flights. 
 
Possible exposure locations will be shared on social media and are listed online by region at the province’s Pandemic Response System webpage at:
 
Flight information is listed at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html.
 
For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 within regions, visit:
Interlake–Eastern health region:
Prairie Mountain Health region: 
Southern Health–Santé Sud health region:
Winnipeg health region:
 
The YWCA in Thompson has moved to Critical status (red), with five cases linked to the facility. The outbreak at Maplewood Manor in Winnipeg is considered over and the facility has moved to yellow from red on the pandemic response system.
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
Manitobans are reminded the designated drive-up COVID-19 testing site at the Dauphin Community Health Services Building parking lot will cease operations at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 15. A new indoor walk-up testing site will open tomorrow Friday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 301 Main St. North (former Potoski Medical Clinic building). Regular hours of operation at this location remain the same as they were at the previous site, which are Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with it being closed for one hour at lunch.
 
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:
 

Town of The Pas To Receive Funding for their Lagoon from the Manitoba Restart Program

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques spoke to Arctic Radio recently to talk about the community’s sewage lagoon, due to issues with the lagoon the province of Manitoba didn’t allow The Pas to build any new projects until the issues were resolved.

 

Mayor Jaques announced that the Town will receive funding from the Manitoba Government through the Restart Program that will cover around 60 percent of the cost to build a new lagoon.

 

The goal is to start construction on the new lagoon sometime next summer. The full interview with Herb Jaques can be found on The Pas Today.

 

 

Niki Ashton MP Report On Small Businesses

Our MP Niki Ashton’s latest MP report stated that the pandemic has had a negative impact on small businesses in Canada.

 

Ashton is urging the Government to make the eligibility for the new assistance plan retroactive so that small businesses owners get the help they need should they have to close.

 

Ashton stated in her report that a majority of small businesses did not get any help from the original program and is urging the government to act to help small businesses during the pandemic.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #219

Public health officials advise the 36th and 37th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a male in his 80s and female in her 70s both from Winnipeg. These were previously announced cases.  

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.4 per cent and 146 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,925. Of the 146 news cases, 39 were identified Monday and 107 were identified Tuesday. 
 
Today’s data shows:
nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
four case in the Northern health region; 
two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
17 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
114 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
1,374 active cases and 1,514 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
there are 27 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 37. 
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,200 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 215,861. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Public health officials advise the following school exposures have been identified:
Mitchell Middle School at 203 Third St. in Mitchell on Oct. 7 to 9. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop. 
Margaret Park School at 385 Cork Ave. in Winnipeg on Oct. 5 and 7. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. Close contacts have been advised to self-isolate.
Acadia Junior High at 175 Killarney Ave. in Winnipeg on Oct. 5 and 6. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. Close contacts have been advised to self-isolate.
 
Additionally, the following public following exposures have been identified: 
West Jet flight WS204 on Oct. 2, Edmonton to Winnipeg, rows one to five. 
 
Individuals in the affected seats on this flight are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on this flight, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
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:

New Gender Identity Mark Available on Manitoba Drivers Licenses

Manitoba Public Insurance announced yesterday that Manitobans that identify as non binary can now have an ‘X’ as a gender identifier on their drivers licenses.

 

Also, Manitobans can have their gender unspecified on their license and on other ID cards.

 

Manitoba now joins Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in becoming the only jurisdictions in the country that offers this kind of gender identification.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #218

Public health officials advise the 35th death due to COVID-19 have been reported, a male in his 70s from the rural east district in Southern Health. This was a previously announced case.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.5 per cent and 124 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,779. Of the 124 news cases, 26 were identified Monday, 83 were identified Sunday and 15 were identified Saturday.

Today’s data shows:
•    16 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
•    one case in the Northern health region;
•    three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    nine cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
•    95 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
•    1,248 active cases and 1,496 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 28 people in hospital and five people in intensive care; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 35.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,383 tests were completed Friday, 3,311 were completed Saturday, 2,049 were completed Sunday and 2,188 were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 213,669. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Three new additional testing sites, two in Winnipeg and one in Brandon, will open in the next several weeks, bringing the total of nine drive-thru test sites in Manitoba, which will remain available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The drive-thru site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg opened today and the additional Winnipeg location at 125 King Edward St. East is expected to open in late October.  A drive-thru site will open in Brandon at the Keystone Centre on Oct. 17.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Headingley Correctional Centre. The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The facility has taken measures to mitigate risk including separating contacts and cases from the rest of the population, coupled with discontinuing visitation and transfers, and enhanced use of PPE.  

Additional possible exposures have been identified at:
•    Winnipeg Adult Education Centre at 310 Vaughan St. in Winnipeg on Oct. 5. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. The cohort is being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
•    Daniel McIntyre Collegiate at 720 Alverstone St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. The cohort is being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
•    Dakota Collegiate at 661 Dakota St. in Winnipeg with two cases on Oct. 6 and Oct. 5, 6, and 7. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of these exposures was assessed to be low and are not linked. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. Close contacts to one of the cases have been contacted to quarantine. The rest of the cohorts are being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
•    Dufferin School, 545 Alexander Ave., Winnipeg on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, this is the second case from the same cohort as a previous case at the school. This cohort and other close contacts have been advised to self-isolate (quarantine). While the investigation was not able to confirm if transmission took place at the school, the risk to the school community is still considered low.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has introduced exemptions to the Quarantine Act requirements for self-isolation related to international travel for compassionate or care-giving reasons. Provincial travel orders are being updated to reflect this change that Manitoba is supporting. People who are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 may travel to northern Manitoba or a remote community to:
•    care for a family member or friend who is seriously ill but is not in a health-care facility;
•    visit a family member or friend who is in a health-care facility with a life-threatening illness or injury if the health-care facility has authorized the visit; or
•    attend the funeral of a family member or friend.

In addition, people from outside northern Manitoba or a remote community and are required to self-isolate are travelling for these reasons, can complete their self-isolation in the north.

These changes are being made to ensure consistency with federal changes and set out processes for similar situations in Manitoba.

Work is in development to reduce wait times at testing locations by introducing an appointment-based scheduling system. Manitobans who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be able to call or go online to schedule an appointment to get tested. The appointment system, including details on how to schedule appointments by phone or online, will be rolled out in the next few weeks. Additionally, exploratory discussions are underway with Doctors Manitoba to enable community family doctors to provide after-hours COVID-19 testing to bring testing closer to home for Manitoba families.

Complementary counselling services to address the need for additional mental health support will now be offered through the expanded Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program. The service, set the begin today, will offer up to two counselling sessions, by phone or video and will be available in multiple languages. This complementary service will be offered until Dec. 31, when the program will be evaluated. To access this service, call (toll-free) 1-844-218-2955.

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, 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.
•    Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
•    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.

Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

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.

Rod McGillvary Care Home Not be Allowing Visitations to the Care Home Until Further Notice

Last week, the Rod McGillvary Care Home announced that affective October 6th they will not be allowing visitations to the care home until further notice, intended to keep residents safe during the pandemic.

 

The residents will still be allowed virtual visits and phone calls with their families.

 

The full statement can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook Page.

Mask Wearing Now Recommended at the Otineka Mall

The Otineka Mall Development Corporation issued a statement that they are now recommending that all patrons wear masks when they visit the mall to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

 

Management is also requesting that mall tenants enforce the new rule as well and the full statement can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook Page.

The North Was Left Out of The Manitoba Government Throne Speech

In response to the recent provincial throne speech Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says there was absolutely nothing for the north with no talk about resource development or fixing health care in the north. He says there are some concerns about the things they did talk about.

 

He explains all of it is leading to more privatization noting we’ve seen what they’ve done with Hydro selling off parts of it.  He says they’re going to start looking at privatizing more liquor sales for example, they’re going to look at privatizing road repairs and snow plowing so all of those things become more expensive and you get less service.

 

Lindsey added the NDP presented an alternative Throne Speech the day before dealing with child care, health care, hydro rates, small business support none of which were mentioned in the throne speech.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #214

Public health officials advise the 28th, 29th and 30th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 80s and a female in her 70s, both from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place, and a female in her 80s from Winnipeg linked to Heritage Lodge. These cases were previously announced. 

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.1 per cent and 84 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,428.
 
Today’s data shows:
one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; and
64 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
933 active cases and 1,464 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
there are 25 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 30. 
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 3,196 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 203,905. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Additional testing capacity will be available in the coming days including:
capacity to expand COVID-19 testing at 2735 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg on Saturday, Oct. 10 to perform at least 240 additional tests a day; and 
the opening of a new, drive-thru testing site at 1066 Nairn Ave. on Oct. 13. The site will add immediate additional capacity in Winnipeg, performing up to 200 tests a day starting Oct. 13 and increasing capacity to 400 tests a day starting Oct. 15.
 
Testing for COVID-19 is available on Thanksgiving Monday at the community testing sites at:
1181 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg;
1284 Main St. in Winnipeg;
2735 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg;
604 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg;
the Van Horne location entrance off of Van Horne Avenue East in Brandon;
622 Superior Ave. in Selkirk;
Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave. in Eriksdale;
Pine Falls Health Complex at 37 Maple St. in Pine Falls;
Southland Mall at R10-777 Norquay Dr. in Winkler;
365 Reimer Ave. in Steinbach; and 
Portage Avenue and Fifth Street SE in Portage la Prairie.
 
Visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html for more information.
 
Public health officials are advised about additional possible exposures at the following schools: 
University of Winnipeg Collegiate at 515 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 28 and 30, and Oct. 5 and 7. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they develop.
Kleefeld School at 101 Friesen Ave. in Kleefeld on Oct. 1 and 2. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise the cohort to self-isolate and move to remote learning. 
 
With Thanksgiving this weekend, public health is providing guidelines for how to enjoy fall holidays and celebrations while reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.html#holidays.
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, 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.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
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.
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
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.
 
Due to the long weekend, the regularly scheduled Monday in-person update will move to Tuesday, Oct. 13. Bulletins will continue to be posted every day.
 
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:
 
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.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation COVID 19 Event Protocol

Opaskwayak Cree Nation is informing members that if you are planning to hold an event during the COVID 19 pandemic you must have a signed certificate by Cynthia Young as restrictions are constantly changing in all levels of Government which could have an effect on planned gatherings.

 

Events that don’t have a certificate could be shut down.

If you are planning an event contact Cynthia Young in advance at 204-978-0211,

 

A five step guild line to getting a certificate can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook page.

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