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COVID-19 BULLETIN #123

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 325.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals are in hospital or intensive care, 
16 active cases and 302 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 641 laboratory tests were performed yesterday, bringing the total number performed since early February to 64,968. 
 
Updated case information is now available about travel by an individual previously announced as a positive COVID-19 case on June 29. The individual was a passenger on Air Canada flight AC 295 from Winnipeg to Vancouver on June 19, not on June 18 as previously reported. Affected rows on that flight are rows 19 to 25. 
 
In addition, people in rows 31 to 37 on flight AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto on June 21 are considered a close contact and are at risk of exposure.  
 
Individuals in affected rows 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. If symptoms develop, people should self-isolate and get tested. 
 
While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop. Visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ to use the online screening tool, or call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) for health guidance on how to seek testing.
 
Follow www.twitter.com/MBGovor www.facebook.com/ManitobaGovernmenton the weekend for updated case numbers. Complete data from the weekend will be updated on Monday, July 6 at 1 p.m. at www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 and in the media bulletin.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Supports Black Lives Matter

Opaskwayak Cree Nation released and official statement yesterday that they quote stand in solidarity with all communities across Turtle Island that are voicing anguish, anger, and deep frustration with systems that oppress and devalue black lives.

 

The statement also pointed out that OCN has lived with deep separation from neighbours living in The Pas and it’s from their place of inequality that they were inspired to begin the process of dismantling this divide.

 

OCN will continue to fight inequality and the ideology of supremacy that disconnects us from one another and educate others along the way.

Hike to Kwasitchewan Falls

Pisew Falls can easily be reached within minutes thanks to the accessible walkway.

 

But for those who plan to hike out to Kwasitchewan Falls, there’s more planning and preparation needed. It’s a 26-kilometre round trip trail that takes hikers over very rugged terrain and occasionally there are obstacles on the path.

 

Linda Horner with Conservation and Climate says she fields inquiries every day from hikers wanting to visit the Falls. 

 

She encourages them to be prepared for at least 12 hours on the trail in very rugged conditions. That includes packing proper clothing, food and plenty of water. 

 

Horner reminds us that there is no cell service available so be sure to let someone know when you plan to return.   That way someone can sound the alarm if you don’t show up on time.

 

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #122

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 325.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals are in hospital or intensive care, 
16 active cases and 302 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 503 laboratory tests were performed on Tuesday and 512 tests on Wednesday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 64,329. 
 
One of the individuals previously announced as a positive COVID-19 case on June 29 was a passenger on Air Canada flight AC 295 from Winnipeg to Vancouver on June 18, on Air Canada flight AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto on June 21 and on Air Canada flight AC 259 from Toronto to Winnipeg on June 23.
 
Updated information based on the case investigation is now available. People in rows 19 to 25 on flight AC 295 and rows 24 to 30 on flight AC 259 are considered a close contact and are at risk of exposure. These individuals are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.
 
Information about affected rows for flight AC 122 are being confirmed and will be updated on the website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available. 
 
While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop. Visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ to use the online screening tool, or call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) for health guidance on how to seek testing. 
 
The COVID-19 testing site at 1284 Main St. will be closed at noon today for the remainder of the day due to a malfunction with the site’s air conditioning, which could make the site unsafe for staff. Winnipeggers who require testing for COVID-19 today are requested to attend the testing site at St. James Centennial Pool at 644 Parkdale St. as staff from the Main Street location will be redeployed there to accommodate any increased volumes of clients.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 

The High School in Cranberry Portage has Suffered Extensive Damage

Cranberry Portage RCMP are investigating a break in at the local high school.  Just after 3:30 Monday morning they were called to the high school in the community for a disturbance. 

 

When officers arrived they found 105 windows had been broken and entry had been made into the computer lab where 42 computers were destroyed.  The damage is estimated to be 200 thousand dollars.

 

On Tuesday a 27 year old man from the community was arrested and will be facing charges of breaking and entering, mischief over five thousand dollars and possessing break in instruments,

The RCMP continue to investigate.    

Possible Scenarios for the Reopening of Schools in Manitoba

It has been reported that schools could reopen in Manitoba this September though certain restrictions would be put in place.

 

Kelsey School Division Chair Vaughn Wadelius spoke to Arctic Radio and said one of the possible scenarios would be to implement the full restriction that has been in place since March with no one allowed in school, another possibility would be to have the schools practice social distancing and limiting groups sizes.

 

According to a statement made by the Kelsey School Division, with the current restrictions on group sizes and the use of space, school buses will have a limit on the number of passengers they can carry affecting transportation.  This is one of many problems they are facing.

 

The Provincial Government is expected to announce what measures will be put in place in Manitoba schools on August 1st.

Pride Bridge to be Painted in The Pas

As an alternative to a pride crosswalk plans are in the works to paint the wooden bridge at Lavellee Park here in The Pas with pride colours.

 

The park is located near the river at the end of Patrick Avenue. It has not been determined when the painting will begin but permission to go ahead with the project has already been given by the town.

Opaskwayak Child and Family Services Anger Management and Domestic Violence Workshop

Opaskwayak Child and Family Services will be having an anger management and domestic violence workshop from July 6th until the 8th at the Wescana Inn’s Lower Banquet Room from 5PM Until 9PM.

 

Those that take part in the program will receive a gift and a certificate of completion.

 

12 participants will be accepted and you are asked to call 204-627-7157 if you would like to sign up.

The Pas Community Development Corporation Down Payment Assistance Program

Applications are open for The Pas Community Development Corporations Down Payment Assistance Program.

 

First time house buyers could receive around $16, 000 for down payments and closing costs.

 

More information on eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found on The Pas Community Development Corporations Facebook Page.

 

The deadline for applications is July 31st

UPDATE- Pukatawagan RCMP investigating homicide

On June 26, 2020, at approximately 7:55 pm, the Pukatawagan RCMP responded to a report of a body found in a wooded area in the community.

Officers attended and located a 22-year-old female who was pronounced deceased. Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services immediately attended and began an investigation.

On June 29, 2020, August Thunder Caribou, 22, of Pukatawagan, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder. He is set to appear in The Pas provincial court today.

RCMP continue to investigate.

It has been reported that the suspect had worked as a guard for the RCMP.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #121

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 325.

 
Today’s case is a woman in her 20s from the Winnipeg health region. The case investigation is ongoing and any additional information will be updated as required at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/index.html#cases.
 
The data also shows:
no individuals are in hospital or intensive care,
18 active cases and 300 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 253 laboratory tests were performed on Monday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 63,309. 
 
One of the individuals previously announced as a positive COVID-19 case on June 29 was a passenger on Air Canada flight AC 295 from Winnipeg to Vancouver on June 18, on Air Canada flight AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto on June 21 and on Air Canada flight AC 259 from Toronto to Winnipeg on June 23.
 
People in rows 19 to 15 on flight AC 295 and rows 34 to 40 on flight AC 259 should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if they develop symptoms. While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop.
 
Information about affected rows for flight AC 122 are being confirmed and will be updated on the website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available. 
 
Tomorrow is Canada Day, and Manitobans are reminded to continue to practise social distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping. Stay home if you feel sick, practise good hand hygiene and cover your cough. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID Careful’ and reduce stops.
 
Updated information on COVID-19 testing hours for Canada Day is available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/locations.html/. Outside Winnipeg, people experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on the holiday are encouraged to visit their nearest urgent care centre or emergency department for testing. If symptoms are mild, they also have the option of self-isolating until community sites in their health region reopen the following day.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Wildfire Preparation

Preparing for a potential wildfire this time of year in Northern Manitoba is essential.

 

Shauna Kortz, the Manitoba Wildfire Service’s fire control officer, says the best thing you can do to prepare for an evacuation from a wildfire is to put together an emergency kit that can last you up to three days.

 

It’s important to have some clothes, cash, water and non-perishable food, medication, and things you would need for young children and pets.

 

Wildfires can be reported by calling 1-800-782-0076

Northern Health Region Expanding Visiting Hours Starting Today

Starting today the Northern Health Region is expanding visiting hours for their acute care sites

 

The visiting hours will run from 1 until 7PM everyday but patients will only be allowed one pre identified visitor and they must adhere to physically distancing guidelines and they will be screened before they can enter.

 

More information can be found at northernhealthregion.com

Manitoba Liberals Calling for Better Access to Online Learning

The Manitoba Liberals are calling for better access to online learning in Manitoba and Canada.

 

A statement from the party says the COVID 19 pandemic has highlighted the need for every child to have access to learning online and there are still substantial numbers of children in Canada that are unable to access the internet.

 

MLA Jon Gerrard and Judy Klassen have written a letter to members of parliament suggesting an initiative that would ensure every child in Canada has internet access and a computer so they can continue their education.

 

He added that if there is a second wave of the virus we need to be ready to ensure that children have access to online learning.

Opasquia Trails New Logo Unveiled

The Governing Board of Opasquia Trails announced that they have a new logo.

 

This logo incorporates items of nature including trees and trails and creates a visual symbol that represents their work.

 

Opasquia Trails, is non profit organization dedicated to building educational and recreational trails in the area.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #118

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 316.

 
Today’s case is a man in his 40s from the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region. Information may change as the investigation is ongoing. 
 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
15 active cases and 294 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
Nearly 400 tests were performed yesterday. However, the data is still being reviewed and confirmed. Updated testing data will be available tomorrow.
 
Canada Day is next week and Manitobans are reminded to continue to practise social distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping.  Stay home if you feel sick, practise good hand hygiene and cover your cough. If you are travelling, remember to be “COVID Careful’ and reduce stops. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Sam Waller Museum COVID 19 Restrictions

The Sam Waller museum is taking precautions even as COVID 19 restrictions are being lifted.

 

Right now they are only allowing small groups of people to attend to maintain physical distancing.

 

At this time they will not be allowing visitors from outside Northern Manitoba unless they have already completed a 14 day waiting period and they have also closed the Rotary Room and the Discovery Centre.

 

Face masks will be made available at the museum though they are not required to be worn.

 

Visitors are also encouraged to pay their entry fee with debt or credit and to fill out a self screening tool available at the front door of the museum.

 

Anyone showing systems of COVID 19 should refrain from visiting.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #117

Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 315.

 
Today’s case is a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg region. The investigation is ongoing and information is subject to change. 
 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care, 
15 active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 715 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 59,357. 
 
Canada Day is next week and Manitobans are reminded to continue to practise physical distancing and follow public health guidelines for gatherings whether at home, the cottage or camping.  Stay home if you feel sick, practise good hand hygiene and cover your cough. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID Careful’ and reduce stops while travelling. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Proposed ByLaw Discussed At Committee of the Whole Meeting

A proposed bylaw was brought up during Mondays committee of the whole meeting by The Pas Mayor and Council.

 

Councillor Larry Forster would like to make it illegal for residents to give money to pan handlers in the community.

 

According to an issue sheet giving pan handler’s money will only feed addictions.

 

If the bylaw came into power residents would likely be fined if they were caught giving pan handlers money though they would still be allowed to purchase items for them.

 

The idea was tabled and it is expected to be brought up at a future date.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #116

Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 were identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains 314.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care,
14 active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
An additional 581 laboratory tests were performed yesterday. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 58,801. 
 
The Manitoba government is asking for feedback on conceptual designs for personal care home shelters. The shelters will be outside, but close to personal care homes year-round. They must be accessible, protected from the elements, easily cleaned and provide a space for quality connections. Feedback can be provided at http://EngageMB.ca.
 
Updated enforcement statistics are now 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
 

PROVINCE INVESTS IN MANITOBA JOB RESTART PROGRAM

The Manitoba government is introducing the Manitoba Job Restart program, which will provide direct payments to a maximum of $2,000 to help qualified Manitobans return to work, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“The Manitoba Job Restart program could help bring tens of thousands of Manitobans back to work safely and help our economy recover,” said Pallister. “The federal government is currently subsidizing the wages of more than eight million workers in Canada through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). While these programs have helped Canadians through financial challenges caused by the pandemic, CERB has become a barrier preventing some from returning to work.”

The premier noted Manitoba’s program will provide one initial payment of $500 plus three additional bi-weekly payments for $500 each, for a total of $2,000 over six weeks. Program participants must voluntarily stop collecting CERB or CESB support from the federal government.

The province will fully finance the program, which does not require any contributions from employers in order for workers to qualify.

“The best thing we can do to speed Canada’s economic recovery is to find safe ways to get people back to work,” said Dan Kelly, president and chief executive officer, Canadian Federation of Independent Business. “The Manitoba Job Restart program will help encourage more employees to return to their pre-COVID jobs, assisting both workers and small businesses along the way. CFIB encourages other provinces and the federal government to consider this and other ways to quickly transition workers from CERB back to paid employment.”

To remain in the program, approved applicants must:
•    actively return to work in Manitoba to a job with at least 30 hours per week in order to be eligible for the first $500 payment;
•    complete a simple declaration for each of the following two weeks certifying that they are still working at least 30 hours per week in order to receive the next three $500 payments;
•    no longer receive CERB, CESB or similar COVID-19 related support from the federal government;
•    follow Manitoba’s COVID-19 health guidelines in the workplace; and
•    continue residing permanently in Manitoba and be legally entitled to work in Canada.

The Manitoba Job Restart program will accept applications until July 31. This is a voluntary-participation program, and there is no obligation for Manitobans to stop receiving CERB or CESB benefits if they choose not to participate. The amounts received will be a taxable benefit. The funding of the Manitoba Job Restart program will be absorbed from the remaining unspent balances in the $240-million Manitoba Gap Protection Plan and Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, although further funding will be made available if there is significant uptake, the premier noted.

Manitobans can learn more about the program details today at:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/mjrp.html.

Town Council Items UPDATED

The Arctic Gateway Group recently sent a letter to The Pas mayor and council providing an update on the work that has been done to the Hudson Bay Railways Reimer Building on 4th Street West. the letter was brought up last night at the committee of the whole meeting.

 

The building has been a hot spot for mischief and vandalism and so far the Arctic Gateway group has cleaned up the graffiti on the building, cleaned up garbage in the area, boarded up the remaining entrance and crawl space, and reduced access points for trespassers.

 

HBR is actively looking for alternative uses for the Building and there is a possibility that the building could be demolished in the future.

 

They are also required to determine how the asbestos in the building will affect the refurbishment or demolition.

 

A public hearing was also held at town hall regarding a variation application submitted by Jason Foster from The Pas Christian Fellowship.

 

The plan is to build an addition on the church at 440 Larose Avenue but according to an issue sheet, the engineering department and fire department are not in favour of the front yard variation as they feel maintaining neighbourhood aesthetics is important. Town council voted not to move forward with this variation application hence the request for the addition was not approved.

 

More information about these items and videos of last nights meetings can be found at townofthepas.ca

Manitoba Government to Develop Outdoor All Season Visitation Shelters at Personal Care Homes

Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen made an announcement yesterday that the Manitoba government is working to develop all season shelters that will be located near personal care homes that would allow residents to visit their loved ones safely.

 

Friesen believes that allowing personal care home residents to safely visit with their families is central to their health and well being.

 

The proposed shelters would have to be protected from the elements, easily cleaned, and provide space for quality connections.

 

The Manitoba government is looking for feedback on conceptual designs for personal care homes and you can provide your feedback on engagemb.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #115

Public health officials advise two new cases were identified over the weekend and one new case of COVID-19 was identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 314.

 
The data also shows:
no individuals in hospital or intensive care, 
14 active cases and 293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
 
As of yesterday, an additional 1,951 laboratory tests were performed between June 19 and June 21 (Friday – 733, Saturday – 850 and Sunday – 368). This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 58,221. 
 
While COVID-19 activity remains very low in the province, personal care homes (PCH) will soon begin permitting limited indoor visits for designated visitors. The indoor visits, to be approved by individual PCH care teams, will enable each resident to identify a short list of individuals who may visit during allotted times. 
 
These scheduled visits will be a limited supplement to outdoor and virtual visits, which will continue, and are not a return to normal. Visits must be scheduled, and visitors will be screened upon arrival for symptoms and history of travel or exposure to COVID-19. Visitors must maintain physical distancing throughout their visit. Individuals will also be requested to bring and wear a non-medical mask for the duration of their time inside the facility.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Back to School Plan

Planning is underway for what the next school year will look like for students, staff and families.

 

Manitoba Education, in consultation with education partners, is developing a re-entry framework to guide schools in their planning, guided by the advice of Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. 

 

Additionally, in collaboration with the Manitoba Teacher’s Society, an online survey of teachers was conducted in early June with the results pending. 

 

They are now seeking input from families and students in the development of their plan. 

 

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and individual responses will be kept confidential.

 

You can fill out the survey by visiting engagemb.ca

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