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COVID-19 BULLETIN #322

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and liked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.3 per cent provincially and 6.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 173 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction making the net-new cases 171 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,260.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 33 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 64 cases in the Northern health region;
• 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• nine cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 56 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,261 active cases and 24,204 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 133 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 141 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 274 hospitalizations;
• there are 24 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 15 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 39 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 795.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,070 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 461,250. 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
An outbreak has been declared at Pembina Manitou Health Centre and Personal Care Home in Manitou. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Tabor Home in Morden, Tudor House Personal Care Home in Selkirk, Deer Lodge Centre on Lodge 4 East, West Park Manor Personal Care Home, St. Amant Health and Transition, and the Carpathia Children’s Centre Inc., all in Winnipeg.

All Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and other staff working in schools and directly with students will soon be able to access an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site will open to eligible staff working in all schools and school divisions effective Jan. 23.
 
Eligible clients must be symptomatic, identified as a close contact because of an exposure at school or have a symptomatic household member. Clients will be required to show identification and proof of employer at the time of appointment.

Fast Pass appointments must be made ahead of time by phoning the general appointment line, available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment, which will triage eligible clients to the Fast Pass site.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Status on a Sewage Lagoon Upgrade for The Pas

Graham Kahler the CAO for The Town of The Pas provided an update on the status of the towns sewage lagoon.

 

The town received a grant from the Manitoba restart program for the lagoons upgrade and the town is now in the planning stages waiting to receive the green light to proceed with the construction on the lagoon upgrade.

 

An upgrade is required to expand the lagoons capacity and allow for future growth in the community.

 

If the project does move ahead the bulk of the construction could be completed by the summer or fall of this year.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #321

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 60s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Poseidon Care Centre.
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Salem Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.2 per cent provincially and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 198 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction, making the net new cases 196 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,089.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 105 cases in the Northern health region;
• 17 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 13 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 54 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,205 active cases and 24,091 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 125 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 143 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 268 hospitalizations;
• there are 23 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 11 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 34 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 793.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,269 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 459,134. 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.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 #320

Public health officials advise six additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.5 per cent provincially and 6.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 154 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction making the net-new cases 153 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,893.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 18 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 70 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 10 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 48 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,137 active cases and 23,968 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 129 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 144 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 273 hospitalizations;
• there are 25 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 11 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 788.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,911 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 456,861. 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/

An outbreak has been declared at Deer Lodge, Lodge 2 West in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Fred Douglas Lodge in Winnipeg and Grandview Personal Care Home in Grandview.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 & District Chamber of Commerce Responds to the Manitoba Government's January 19, 2021 Announcement Regarding Proposed Changes to the Current Code Red Restrictions

It was with great hope we saw that the Province of Manitoba was considering easing the restrictions on businesses in Manitoba, where retail operations could sell all items, not just the non-essential items. Health services, salons, and barbershops could open. People could visit family. There was the hope that life could return to a little bit of normal,” said President Jill Wilkinson. “However, we now see that what is being proposed is that the North will remain in the more restrictive area."

 

“Our Chamber feelthat the Government is making decisions that are not based on the realities in our area. Using the “high numbers in the remote north communities” as the only benchmark for the continuation of Code Red status does not adequately reflect the realities of the Covid cases in the North. The higher case numbers can be attributed to a few communities, not the entire region.

 

Stated Wilkinson Once again, The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and RM of Kelsey, are being lumped in with other areas that are suffering outbreaks. “On November 3rd, we were in Code Orange status with 71 active cases. Later that month, when the province went into Code Red status our area had 148 active cases. According to the provinces own Covid Tracking by District, as of January 19, 2021, The Pas/OCN/Kelsey only has 71 active cases. “It would only make sense that we return to lesser code restrictions now that our cases are the same as November 3rd. Our numbers are not increasing rapidly like our fall outbreak, and that included a local personal care home.

 

In fact, the numbers have leveled off with one or two cases a day. “Our elderly and hospital staff are getting vaccinated, yet we are still lacking definitive data about contact tracing in our area.Wilkinson questions the decision and wants the Province to justify their action to keep this area restricted,Please respond and identify the reasoning and data to keepour areain Code Red."

 

The lack of acknowledgment that situations are different around the North is reflective of the continued lack of awareness about the North and the communities within the region. Northern Manitoba is a vast regionand decisions should be made district by district the same way the government's own tracking database differentiates.” Stated Wilkinson,“We will continue to advocate for our northern business with the government in hopes of having these restrictions eased”

Letter sent To Doctor Roussin

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques sent a letter to Doctor Brent Roussin regarding the lifting of certain COVID restrictions in Manitoba.

 

It was indicated during yesterday’s news conference that the possible loosening of restrictions would not apply to communities north of the 53rd Parallel and Jaques letter requested The Pas be granted an exception.

 

While Jaques acknowledges the situation in other Northern Manitoba communities such as Lynn lake have been more serious, he believes The Town of The Pas has worked hard following necessary COVID 19 protocols and COVID cases have been going down as a result.

 

Mayor Jacques will provide updates if he receives a response from Doctor Roussin.

COVID Pandemic Time Capsules

As a way to let Thompson families document their times during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiddies Northern Preschool is offering COVID time capsule kits thanks to the Manitoba Stay at Home grant.

 

Lynn Martin, director at the preschool, says she initially wanted to send the kits off to families before the winter break to give them an activity to work on during code red, but ended up pushing it back to the New Year in order to have more time to receive the supplies they needed.

 

Martin hopes to have a celebration for families who participated in January 2030 to lay out the time capsules and have everyone look through them.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #319

Public health officials advise 11 additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Deer Lodge Centre, Lodge 4 West;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.9 per cent provincially and 7.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 111 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,740.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 33 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 52 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,088 active cases and 23,869 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 131 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 148 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 279 hospitalizations;
• there are 25 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 783. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,462 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 454,951. 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
An outbreak has been declared at Donwood Manor in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas, Fernwood Place in Steinbach, Greendale Estate Assisted Living in Grunthal, and Deer Lodge Centre Lodge 4 West and Health Science Centre unit WRS3, both in Winnipeg. 

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Extending Their State of Emergency and Curfew

Last week Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that they will be extending their daily curfew and state of emergency until February 15th.

 

Security will remain in high traffic areas of the community and patrols will still be done at night.

 

OCN Chief and Council would like to thank everyone for doing their part during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Robbery in Flin Flon

On the afternoon of January 14th the Flin Flon RCMP responded to a robbery at a financial institution.

 

A male entered the business and demanded cash after stating that he had an explosive device in his bag and that he claimed he was carrying a firearm. The suspect stole some cash, left his bag, and fled on foot.

 

The police later secured the bag left behind by the suspect where it was determined that there was no explosive device and no firearm was seen.

 

The suspect 44 year old Marcel Sewap was arrested the next day at a residence in Denare Beach and received numerous charges.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #318

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 80s from the Northern health region, linked to the outbreak at the Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Place; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Health Science Centre WRS3.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 7.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 118 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,629.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 11 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 46 cases in the Northern health region;
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• nine cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 45 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,108 active cases and 23,748 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 135 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 154 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 289 hospitalizations;
• there are 23 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 773.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,322 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 453,481. 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
Outbreaks have been declared at Golden Door Geriatric Centre and Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreaks are declared over at Heritage Lodge Personal Care Home and Calvary Place Personal Care Home, both in Winnipeg.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 Vaccinations at St Pauls Personal Care Home

Residents of St Pauls Personal Care received COVID 19 vaccines last week

 

The Modena vaccine arrived in The Pas on January 11th and 49 residents were vaccinated with no adverse reactions.

 

Those that received their first dose of the vaccine will get their second dose on February 11th and those at the home that didn’t receive a vaccine will have another opportunity to get one

 

St Paul’s Resident Linda Paul was the first person to get a COVID 19 vaccine locally.

Mike Bignell Sworn in as OCN's New Onuschekew

Mike Bignell has filled the vacant Onuschekew position on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

 

He was officially sworn in at a special ceremony held this past Friday afternoon.

 

The video of the swearing in ceremony can be found on the Opaskwayak Innew Facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #315

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
·    a male in his 70s from Northern health region;
·    a male in his 80s from Southern Health-Santé Sud;
·    a male in his 70s from Winnipeg health region;
·    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
·    a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre.  

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 7.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 191 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,145.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    84 cases in the Northern health region;
•    13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    14 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    71 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    2,907 active cases and 23,478 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 118 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 166 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 284 hospitalizations;
•    there are 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 19 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 760.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,025 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 448,061. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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.

Manitobans are reminded that other provinces have enacted restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have to travel, be sure to check for any restrictions at your destination and follow self-isolation rules when you return. Ontario public health has introduced new regulations indicating that individuals can only travel to another a residence or cottage for less than 24 hours for essential business. Longer stays may require 14 days of isolation in Ontario.  Information on public health restrictions in Ontario is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

St Pauls Personal Care Home Resident Receives COVID 19 Vaccine

As the COVID 19 pandemic rages on Yesterday was as milestone for the Town of the Pas. Linda Paul a resident of the St Pauls Personal Care Home was the first person in the community to receive a COVID 19 Vaccination.

The Northern Health Region posted a video of the historic moment on their Facebook page.

RCMP officer rescues man from Saskatchewan River

On January 13, 2021, at approximately 9:00 am, Grand Rapids RCMP responded to a call for assistance at the bridge spanning the Saskatchewan River at Grand Rapids, Manitoba. At the scene, officers saw an adult male being carried downstream in the river by the strong current. An officer called out to the man to swim toward the ice edge. He was carried downstream approximately 50 feet until he was able to grab the ice edge and hang on.

 

The RCMP had ice rescue equipment, and attempted to reach the male with a rope throw bag, but this was unsuccessful. The male was beginning to lose consciousness and was slipping under the water. One of the responding officers is a trained Ice Rescue Technician. The officer tied the rope from the throw bag around his chest and used other RCMP officers and fellow emergency responders as anchors as he crawled out onto the ice.

 

The officer was able to grab hold of the male, and together they were pulled off the ice to safety. Both the male and the officer were taken to the Grand Rapids Nursing station. The officer was not injured. The male had minor injuries.

 

The Manitoba RCMP offers ice rescue training to its officers, especially those working in northern Manitoba. In the last nine years, Manitoba RCMP has trained approximately 90 officers with this unique program.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #314

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
·    a male in his 60 from the Winnipeg health region; and
·    a male in his 90s from Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 7.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 261 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 259 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,954.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    11 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    139 cases in the Northern health region;
•    23 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    13 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    75 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    2,866 active cases and 23,313 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 117 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 173 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 290 hospitalizations;
•    there are 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 21 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 755.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,333 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 446,018. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City. The site has been moved to Restricted (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home in Gilbert Plains.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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.

Manitobans are reminded that other provinces have enacted restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have to travel, be sure to check for any restrictions at your destination and follow self-isolation rules when you return.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

A Small Business Grant Program Will Include More Small Businesses

Premier Brian Pallister has announced the Manitoba Bridge Grant application deadline has been extended to January 31st.  The program offers support to small businesses, charities, not for profits and home based businesses affected by public health orders. 

 

He reported it has now expanded to include more businesses such as hotels, resorts, lodges and outfitters, travel agencies, janitorial services companies and owner/operators of licensed passenger transportation businesses can apply and they too will be eligible not just for the Bridge Grant  for this year, the five thousand dollars, but they’ll be eligible to apply and if qualifying they will be eligible retroactively for the previous five thousand.

 

For complete information go to www.manitoba.ca/covid19, click on programs and then Manitoba Bridge Grant.

Kin Canada Bursaries

Kin Canada is once again accepting applications for Hal Rogers Bursaries. Potential Grade 12 graduates and post secondary students returning for another year of studies are eligible to apply.

 

Application rules and more information can be found on kincanada.ca/bursaries and the deadline to apply is February 1st.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #24

The eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccination have been expanded to include:  
•    staff employed in congregate group care settings who provide direct care to individuals in the Community Living disABILITY Services, Child and Family Services, Homeless Shelters and Family Violence Shelters. Manitoba Families will work directly with agencies to identify eligible staff, and will contact staff directly to schedule appointments
 
Updates to eligibility criteria on Tuesday included health care providers who work in hospital emergency and urgent care departments (change: no age restrictions).
 
Follow @MBGov on Twitter for updates or visit http://www.manitoba.ca/vaccine for a full list of those currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Manitoba.
 
As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12,409 doses of vaccine have been administered, including 10,749 first doses and 1,660 second doses. The regional percentage breakdown of vaccines that have been administered includes:
•    nine per cent in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    two per cent in the Northern health region;
•    four per cent in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    10 per cent in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region; and
•    75 per cent in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Immunizations are also underway at personal care homes across the province by Focused Immunization Teams (FITs). It is expected that all personal care home residents will receive their first vaccine dose within the next 28 days. As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 120 residents have been vaccinated.  
 
At this time, this data does not include vaccinations in First Nations communities. The Manitoba government continues collaborative discussions with First Nations leadership in respect of their publication of vaccination data specific to First Nations.
 
As of Jan.12,  28,080 doses of Pfizer vaccine have been shipped to sites in Winnipeg and Brandon, as well as to personal care homes across the province. More than 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been shipped to First Nations communities, with 2,000 doses being used in personal care homes in communities across Manitoba.  
 
Manitoba’s current vaccine inventory is 15,402 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will be used to administer first and second doses in super-sites in Winnipeg and Brandon as well as 2,000 doses of Moderna which will be used to immunize personal care home residents. In addition, 5,300 of Moderna doses have been allocated for First Nations communities.  
 
As of Jan. 12, 1071 people have been hired to assist with Manitoba’s vaccination efforts at the sites in Winnipeg and Brandon. This includes immunizers, clinic managers, clinical leads, system navigators and observers. This is in addition to 595 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 1,666.  
   
Individuals who have already booked an appointment for the Winnipeg super-site are encouraged to keep their appointment at this time. However, individuals with existing appointment(s) at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg can shift their appointment to the Keystone Centre if necessary, by calling the same confidential booking number used to make the original appointment.
 
More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #313

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
•    a male in his 50s from the Northern health region;
•    a male in his 80s from Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
•    a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
•    a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.6 per cent provincially and 7.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 158 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 155 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,695.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    70 cases in the Northern health region;
•    12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    eight cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    61 cases in the Winnipeg health region.  

The data also shows:
•    2,928 active cases and 23,014 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 119 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 170 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 289 hospitalizations;
•    there are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 753.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,778 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 443,683. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home. The site has been moved to Restricted (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre Personal Care Home 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.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.

Premier Brian Pallister sends a letter to The Pas Mayor and Council

Premier Brian Pallister sent a letter to The Pas mayor Herb Jacques to acknowledge the efforts that The Pas Mayor and Council have taken to keep the community safe during the pandemic.

 

The letter stated that the town has developed effective solutions through strong teamwork during this difficult time and the provincial government will continue to assist municipalities.

 

One of the measures put in place by the town includes having Town Council meetings and Public Hearings online.

COVID-19 Bulletin #312

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

  • a female in her 80s from the Interlake-Eastern health region; 
  • a male in his 50s from the Northern health region;
  • a female in her 70s from Prairie Mountain Health and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre; 
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home; 
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; 
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; 
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg; and 
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.1 per cent provincially and 8.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 92 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 90 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,540.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  • nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • nine case in the Northern health region;
  • 22 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • eight cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
  • 44 cases in the Winnipeg health region.  

The data also shows:

  • 3,100 active cases and 22,692 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 138 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 164 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 302 hospitalizations;
  • there are 21 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
  • the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 748. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,368 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 441,905. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Norway House COVID Vaccines

Norway House Cree Nation gave an update on COVID-19 vaccination in the community.

 

In a statement issued through MKO, Norway House Chief Larson Anderson explains the first 240 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the community on Thursday, which was designated for the Personal Care Home Elders and staff, as well as Elders ages 70 and older.

 

The first people to receive the vaccine in the community were Leslie and Veronica Apetagon.

 

Anderson says the community imposed a strict lockdown early in the pandemic, and that members fought hard to keep the virus out while trying to maintain a sense of balance.

 

He goes on state that the vaccine is like a light at the end of the tunnel, and urges everyone to continue to follow the COVID fundamentals.

December 2020 Month Mayor Reports

December’s monthly mayor reports for The Pas and Area have been released.

 

The Pas had mostly Disturbances of the peace and mischief cases, The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations, and the community of Cormorant saw six offences committed all together.

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