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Second Death Related to COVID-19 in Manitoba

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has released the latest COVID-19 numbers. 

 

He reports 15 new cases bringing the total to 182 adding they’re also announcing the second death related to COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to two.  He notes as of this morning 9 individuals are hospitalized, of that 6 are in intensive care and their reports indicate 11 individuals listed as recovered. 

 

As well yesterday 634 tests were preformed at Cadham Provincial Lab bringing the total number of completed test to 11,952.

             

There are still two confirmed cases in the north. With cases being found in Manitoba communities Roussin again asks all Manitobans to continue to take precautions in all their activities most importantly stay home.

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES OVER $100 MILLION IN SUPPORT AND RELIEF FOR MANITOBA'S FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

The Manitoba government is announcing new measures in the Manitoba Protection Plan to provide extra support and relief to homeowners and businesses, and to enhance health preparedness for new medical equipment and shelter space in the fight against COVID-19, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Our government’s number one priority during this global pandemic is keeping Manitobans safe and ensuring our health-care system is there for us and our loved ones,” said Pallister.  “We must protect our most valuable service – our health-care system – and protect our most vulnerable people, our senior citizens, our homeless, those faced with threats of violence and those who are facing new financial challenges.”

Faster Health Equipment Procurement

The government is investing more than $100 million to accelerate the pace at which Manitoba is procuring essential medical supplies and equipment, hotel capacity and other critical needs to help prepare for COVID-19.

“Manitobans have always risen to the challenge and what we’ve seen so far during this pandemic is no exception,” said Pallister.  “This $100-million investment will allow us to support made-in-Manitoba products and solutions from local businesses to quickly help in our collective efforts to fight COVID-19 and protect Manitobans in the weeks and months ahead.”

Manitoba manufacturers or businesses that are prepared to rapidly scale up production or re-tool manufacturing lines to develop products made in Manitoba to help in the fight against COVID-19 can go to the portal at www.manitoba.ca/covid19, and then visit the business and workplace page.
The province is also issuing a call to businesses who have a stock of personal protective equipment.  If the equipment is not being used due to closures and physical distancing, they can also reach out by visiting the portal at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.
 
In addition, Manitoba businesses can donate unused personal protective equipment supplies in original packaging, clean and in useable condition.  For more info, visit:
https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/.

Cash Flow Tax Relief

Today’s measures will provide immediate relief to Manitobans facing financial challenges by deferring provincial fees and charges, the premier noted.

As part of the Manitoba Protection Plan, the province is providing the following protections for the next six months until Oct. 1:
•    instructing Manitoba Hydro, Centra Gas and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) to not charge interest or penalties in the event that Manitobans are unable to pay at this time;
•    instructing MPI to relax ordinary practices on policy renewals and collections;
•    instructing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries not to charge interest on receivables from restaurants, bars and specialty wine stores;
•    supporting Workers Compensation Board (WCB) to do the same and asking WCB to extend relief from penalties for late payments;
•    directing Manitoba Hydro and Centra Gas to not disconnect customers during these times; and
•    working with municipal partners to ensure municipalities do not charge interest on provincial education taxes and school division fees and the province is encouraging municipalities to do the same with respect to their own taxes and will start discussions to support implementation.

The government is also deferring provincial income tax and corporate income tax filing deadlines and payments to coincide with the current revised federal deferral of income tax to Aug. 31 and has indicated it would be willing to extend these deferrals until Oct. 1, should the federal government agree, the premier added.

The new measures are in addition to the recently announced two-month deferral for small businesses that remit up to $10,000 in Manitoba payroll tax or $10,000 in sales tax.  This will result in $80 million in deferred remittance to the province.

Pallister also announced plans to help make insurance more affordable for Manitobans.  While the province has no ability to allow for deferrals of payments or the waiver of interest charges and penalties, Manitoba is taking steps to make home and business property insurance more affordable to Manitobans by accelerating the removal of $75 million of annual PST from residential and business properties, effective July 1.  

This will save residential property owners an estimated $38 million per year and business property owners $37 million a year.

Expanded Shelter Capacity  

The Manitoba government will add more than 140 new shelter beds to support people affected by homelessness and allow for social distancing protocols as part of the province’s broader Manitoba Protection Plan response to COVID-19, the premier announced.

“While many of us have the capacity to shelter at home, the reality is some of us do not,” said Pallister.  “Through our Manitoba Protection Plan, our government will ensure people who don’t have a stable home have a place to stay safe and healthy as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic together.”

Up to $1.2 million will be invested at several locations in Winnipeg to:
•    repurpose a vacant Manitoba Housing building on Sargent Avenue to create 31 new beds;
•    add 35 beds provided by the Salvation Army at its Martha Street location;
•    expand Siloam Mission’s capacity by 50 beds; and
•    move individuals currently using the Salvation Army’s SonRise Village to alternate locations, making its 26 beds available for new clients.

The beds at the Sargent Avenue location will be managed by Main Street Project, which is partnering with other shelters to co-ordinate access among their clients.  This location will open today and others will become available as soon as possible.

The provincial building on Sargent Avenue may also be used as self-isolation units for homeless individuals who need it.

The premier noted the province is also looking into additional options to support homeless and vulnerable people outside of Winnipeg as part of the province’s Manitoba Protection Plan response to COVID-19.

“Our government remains committed to looking at every possible way to help all Manitobans through these uncertain times, by providing financial relief and support needed on the front line as we face this global pandemic together.”

The province continues to rely on the recommendations of the chief provincial public health officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages all Manitobans to engage in social distancing protocols.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19

Tech Manitoba is Offering Free Refurbished Computers to Families in Need

Tech Manitoba is offering free refurbished computers with digital training to families in need in our area.

 

The company states that during this COVID-19 outbreak, many families and individuals are disconnected from society entirely, and we rely on them to access timely information, work from home, and connect with family and friends.

 

Tech Manitoba adds that those who lack digital skills and computers are further isolated.

 

To help with this, the company has launched a pilot project to provide people in need with a computer and a digital skills course.

 

To nominate a person, family, or organization in need of a computer, fill out the form at techmanitoba.ca/digitall

 

To donate a computer, you can call 431-577-6644.

University College of The North Update on COVID 19 Epidemic

Doug Lauvstad the president of the University College of the North spoke to Arctic Radio about how they are dealing with the COVID 19 epidemic.

 

Access to the facilities has been restricted and they are using all available technology to provide material to their students using apps and social media.

 

Lauvstad added that the two operating principals are safety and helping students to complete their studies this term.

 

The campus book store will still be open for students to access learning materials but the campus is closed to the general public.

 

Lauvstad says the whole team at UCN has stepped up and worked together in response to this pandemic something he says is very gratifying to see.

Amanda Lathlin MLA Report: The need for More Reporting on COVID 19 in the North

Our local MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the COVID 19 crisis in her latest MLA report.

 

The report stated that regional health authorities are not providing information about testing in Northern Manitoba which is why the NDP has made an appeal to the Minister of Health to provide more information regarding testing samples submitted and once we have that information we will feel better about our health and well being.

 

Her report also stated that we need to take the governments public health officials direction seriously as we are all susceptible to contracting the virus.

 

Lathlin believes that in following precautions in addition to staying home as much as possible and avoiding non essential travel we will be protecting ourselves and those around us.

Manitoba COVID 19 Update April 2nd

Public health officials advise 40 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 167 at this time.

The data also shows:
•    five individuals are currently hospitalized including four in intensive care,
•    11 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
•    the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 1,300 tests Wednesday.  As of April 2, a total of 11,327 tests have been performed.

Three additional staff across two Manitoba health-care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.  The confirmed cases, at Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg and Betel Home Gimli are being investigated by public health, occupational health and infection prevention and control officials.  All affected health-care workers are being provided with appropriate direction related to self-isolation or self-monitoring, depending on their exposure.

As a result of the positive COVID-19 case at Betel Home in Gimli, public health officials are also investigating a respiratory illness outbreak among residents there.  Nine residents showing symptoms of respiratory illness are being tested for the cause of their illnesses.  This will include testing for COVID-19.  The home has implemented additional infection prevention and control measures to isolate affected patients.

A change in protocol will soon require health-care workers working in patient care roles at facilities, including at hospitals, long-term care facilities, health centres, nursing stations, Access Centres and COVID-19 testing locations, to expand their use of procedure masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).  These changes will be implemented over the coming days at sites across the province.  Manitoba’s provincial COVID-19 central supply chain management is working with regions and facilities to identify and ship appropriate PPE.

New screening procedures are being implemented for staff working in acute and long-term care facilities.  Implementation of these measures has begun and will involve asking staff about travel history, exposure to COVID-19 positive cases, any symptoms they may have and having their temperature taken at the start of their shift.  Staff who are required to come and go during the course of their shift may be re-screened upon re-entry into facilities and service areas.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities.  This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only.  Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

As Manitoba’s health system continues with preparations to ensure it is prepared to meet the needs of patients and to ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
•    N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
•    surgical/procedure masks;
•    gloves;
•    disposable gowns; and
•    disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition.  Expired supplies will not be accepted.
 
For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/  or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

In order to meet continued demands of Winnipeggers for COVID-19 screening, a second community testing drive-thru site will open tomorrow at the Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) Main Street service centre, 1284 Main St.  Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Other Winnipeg locations include:
•    Mount Carmel Clinic, 886 Main St.,
•    Access Winnipeg West, 280 Booth Dr., and
•    MPI’s Bison Drive Service Centre, 15 Barnes St.

The new Main Street location will allow testing sites at Access Transcona and Access Fort Garry to stop operating as testing sites tomorrow and return to their mandate of providing primary and episodic care to patients.  The public is reminded that a referral to these testing sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics.  Information on locations and hours of operation throughout Manitoba is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

Accident Involving Semi Truck South of The Pas

An accident involving a semi truck about 60 to 70 KM south of The Pas blocked Highway 10.

 

According to Manitoba 511 there is one way traffic in the area.

 

Travelling on the highways outside of The Pas is not recommended right now.

 

Visit manitoba511.ca for more information on road conditions.

Niki Ashton MP Report on COVID 19

Niki Ashton released her latest MP report on the COVID 19 pandemic, and the first two confirmed cases of the virus in Northern Manitoba.

 

Ashton’s report stated that due to limited testing in our region, we can’t be sure if there are other cases of the virus in the north.

 

The report also said that people trying to get testing in Flin Flon is of particular concern right now, as people that were told to get tested were then refused at the testing site.

 

Ashton claims a woman in Flin Flon who had first known case of the virus in the north had to wait six days to receive test results, even when she showed symptoms.

 

Public Health reports there is no longer a backlog at the testing lab and turnaround time is within 24 to 48 hours after the tests arrive at the lab.

 

She goes on to say that she believes that the lesson from throughout the world is that intensive targeted testing is critical to preventing the spread of the virus.

Manitoba Hydro Complying with the latest recommendations at the Keeyask Construction Sit

With the provincial health order now in effect until April 14th, Manitoba Hydro says they are following the measures set out by health officials as construction continues at the Keeyask Site amidst COVID-19.

 

A company spokesperson explained in an email that the company completed the reduction and rotation of staff a couple of weeks ago, with roughly seven hundred workers who volunteered to remain on-site.

 

The spokesperson adds there are guidelines for employees entering or leaving Keeyask, as workers who need to leave the site for any reason will have their situation reviewed on a case-by-case basis, while those arriving at the site without prior authorization will not be allowed to enter.

 

Material and supply deliveries will continue at the site to make sure Hydro employees can continue to work and have what they need, and the spokesperson says strict measures are being enforced to ensure minimal contact between drivers and on-site staff.

 

The company explains that since March 21st, all individuals referred off-site are being tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving Keeyask.

 

Hydro goes on to say that as of yesterday, there have been no confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19.

UCN Nursing Students COVID-19

14 students in UCN’s nursing programs are assisting health care staff at hospitals and testing sites as COVID-19 continues to spread.

 

The Dean of the Faculty of Health at the institution, Vicki Zeran, explains that the volunteers comprised of fourth-year Bachelor of Nursing program students, as well as some Diploma in Practical Nursing program students.

 

Zeran says that the students are helping screen people who are entering the hospitals and the testing sites, and that some of those hours will count towards their practicum.

 

She goes on to say that a majority of the students are feeling good and believe this is a good learning experience for them, and that pandemic response is a part of the program curriculum.

24 New COVID 19 Cases Reported in Manitoba

Public health officials advise 24 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 127 at this time.

The data also shows:
•    four individuals are currently hospitalized including three in intensive care;
•    four individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 1,130 tests Tuesday.  As of April 1, a total of 10,044 tests have been performed.

New screening procedures are being implemented for staff working in acute and long-term care facilities.  Implementation of these measures will begin today and will involve all staff arriving for the start of their shift to have their temperature taken and be required to answer questions about any symptoms they have, their travel history and their exposure to positive COVID-19 cases.  Staff who are required to come and go during the course of their shift may be re-screened upon re-entry into facilities and service areas.

Under The Public Health Act, new public health orders announced earlier this week take effect today.  In addition, the chief provincial public health officer has clarified a public health order to ensure a better understanding for businesses classified as not providing critical services and how they are able to operate during the state of emergency.

All non-exempt businesses may:
•    continue to operate where customers can order goods online or by telephone; however, customers cannot attend the businesses’ premises or property to order goods;
•    continue to sell goods to customers where those goods can be picked up ‘curbside’ or delivered to customers; however, customers cannot pick up goods at businesses’ premises or on its property;
•    allow staff to attend the businesses’ premises, without a limitation on the number of staff, as long as staff take measures to keep social distancing of one to two metres apart from each other; and
•    accept delivery of goods and may allow services, such as construction, repairs, maintenance and cleaning to occur at their premises and on their property.

Additional details are available at https://engagemb.ca/.

Manitoba Justice continues to take steps to reduce the spread of infection and enhance access to justice throughout the province.  As of April 2, new admissions to all adult and youth correctional centres in Manitoba will be handled through the Winnipeg Remand Centre (WRC).  All individuals coming into custody will be isolated for up to 14 days to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 into facilities.  Sheriff services will be assisting rural police agencies with transports whenever possible.  All in-person visits for people in Manitoba’s adult and youth correctional centres have been suspended including inmate programs, staff training and other group activities.

The province is expanding the number of free phone calls for individuals in custody to help them maintain contact with their support systems.  Lawyers are encouraged to meet with clients remotely, whenever possible, but in-person visits with clients can continue at all facilities, with the exception of the WRC.  Cleaning procedures in all Manitoba’s correctional centres have increased significantly including the use of fogging equipment to disinfect large and high-traffic areas.  Protocols for the use of personal protective equipment are in place to ensure the safety of staff and inmates.

As of April 2, greater access to bail hearings on evenings and weekends will increase the efficiency of the system, ensure timely bail and other hearings and limit unnecessary admissions to the WRC.  Crown attorneys will work on evenings, overnight and on weekends for consultations and hearings and to work with defence counsel on sentencing recommendations.  The province is also working with police agencies to expand remote bail hearings in the north.  The number of court hearings that can be held by phone will also be increased to avoid unnecessary transportation of people out of their communities.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities.  This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only.  Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

As Manitoba’s health system continues with preparations to ensure it is prepared to meet the needs of patients and to ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
•    N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
•    surgical/procedure masks;
•    gloves;
•    disposable gowns; and
•    disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition.  Expired supplies are not able to be accepted.

For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/ or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

There are 16 community testing sites in Manitoba, including seven drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the coming days.  The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics.  Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

The Manitoba Government has Issued New COVID-19 Orders Affecting Business

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has advised all Manitoba non-essential businesses will close effective today.  He says restaurants can prepare and serve food for delivery and take out only. 

 

The restaurant operators must ensure that all persons maintain appropriate social distancing from one another when picking up. 

 

He notes grocery stores will remain open but they must also maintain appropriate social distancing between their customers.  Bars will be closed as will personal service businesses such as hair salons and massage therapy services.

 

Roussin adds this does not prevent businesses from operating on a remote basis.  The closures do not affect health care facilities, government services and other institutions.

 

More information on affected businesses can be found online at www.engagemanitoba.ca.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Statement on Business Closures

In response to the public health order calling for the closure of non essential businesses in Manitoba, The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce would like to extend support for members and all businesses affected by the COVID 19 outbreak.

 

Chamber president Trent Allen says things are changing at an incredibly fast pace and commends whose that have found ways to operate as they look for new opportunities to keep their business viable.

 

The Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to continue to support local businesses during this time.

Seven Additional Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Manitoba

Public health officials advise seven additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 103 at this time.

The data also shows:
•    three individuals are currently hospitalized including two in intensive care,
•    four individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
•    the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Public health officials have also confirmed that a staff member at Selkirk Regional Health Centre has tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual worked in the health centre’s emergency department and medicine ward from March 19 to 23.  Public health, occupational health and infection prevention and control staff are working together to investigate this case and followup with all identified close staff and patient contacts.

Public health will directly contact people who had prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (within two metres) contact with the individual when symptomatic.  These individuals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last exposure and monitor for symptoms.

Dates and times of possible exposure include:
•    March 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
•    March 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
•    March 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
•    March 22 from 11:45 p.m. to March 23 7:45 a.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 378 tests Monday.  As of March 31, a total of 8,914 tests have been performed.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities.  This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only.  Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

MANITOBA SUSPENDS CLASSROOM LEARNING INDEFINITELY AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

At the advice of the chief provincial public health officer, Manitoba is suspending classroom learning for kindergarten to Grade 12 students indefinitely for this school year to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the impact of COVID-19 throughout the province, Premier Brian Pallister and Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“We must do everything we can to flatten the COVID curve and protect the health and well-being of all Manitobans,” said Pallister. “The decision to suspend classroom learning in school indefinitely for this school year is the easiest decision to make because it protects our children and their education – it is the right thing to do.”

The suspension of in-school classes follows the province’s announcement on March 13 that they would be suspended at all kindergarten to Grade 12 schools through April 10.  This new step to extend the suspension is being taken with the interests of students, educators and all Manitobans in mind, the premier noted.

No student will be held back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but students must actively engage in learning.  All students on track to graduate will do so.  Teachers will teach remotely, assign work, conduct assessments and prepare final report cards.  For students in Grade 12, provincial exams will be cancelled, but teacher assessments will be implemented.  For students in early and middle years, provincial assessments are complete for the current school year, but other assessments will continue.

“The efforts and success Manitoba teachers and educators have displayed during this public health pandemic have been inspiring,” said Goertzen.  “I join all Manitobans in asking educators to continue doing all they can to use remote and innovative methods to teach students through the remainder of this school year.  Our government is asking for an all-hands-on-deck approach, with their assistance and with that of parents, caregivers, principals, trustees and superintendents for the benefit of all students.”

Child-care centres located in schools will continue to operate under the current conditions set out by the chief provincial public health officer.  The overall plan is oriented toward the future and we will learn how to modernize education through our response to this situation, Goertzen said.  The combined efforts are geared toward the reopening of classrooms, as well as toward multifaceted ways to teach and to learn after COVID-19, he added.

The province continues to rely on the recommendations of the chief provincial public health officer and encourages all Manitobans to engage in good social distancing protocols, including practising the 3Ps – protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect your community.  For more information visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

MLA Amanda Lathlin on COVID 19 Epidemic

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about a letter that she will be sending to the Minister of Health containing items of concern brought to her attention regarding the COVID 19 Crisis.

 

One concern is information about COVID 19 testing, Lathlin says information about the number of completed tests and the number of samples waiting to be tested needs to be shared with the public locally so residents feel better about their situation and their overall health.

 

The letter also asks for protective equipment for workers in our region not just front line health workers but for all workers.

Niki Ashton Calling on Minister of Indigenous Services to keep First Nations Safe

Our MP Niki Ashton recently called on the Minister of Indigenous Services to do more to keep First Nations people safe from COVID 19.

 

Ashton stated that First Nations are not getting support they need as some communities have had doctors pulled, many are not able to do testing, and others need field hospitals urgently.

 

Ashton has echoed the calls of indigenous leaders to increase the supply of doctors and other healthcare professionals for First Nations and she urges the Federal Government to follow the lead of other countries and mobilize graduating medical students and nurses and retired doctors to offer assistance.

Half of Manitoba Businesses Facing Financial Strain

A survey conducted by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Leger Marketing found that half of Manitoba Business leaders say they are facing financial impact amid the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Chuck Davidson, the President and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce stated in a news release that the survey results are very concerning since 98 percent of the Canadian economy is generated by Small to medium sized enterprises and those that work for them.

 

Financial management is already a major challenge for small to medium sized enterprises and cash flow will be their downfall if the situation worsens and three in ten of these business leaders say they feel the epidemic may put them out of business.

 

Almost half of the leaders in Manitoba’s medium to large sized businesses say they consider COVID 19’s impact to be low at this point and they are focused on maintaining operations well enough to be able to serve their customers.

COVID-19 Northern Manitoba

Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer says there is currently one confirmed-presumed positive case of COVID-19 in the north.

 

Doctor Brent Roussin confirmed the case during yesterday afternoon’s COVID-19 update.

 

He adds that the case is under a public health investigation, and details surrounding the case have not been confirmed at this time.

 

A spokesperson from the Northern Health Region says positive cases will be not be reported by the community they reside in, but by the regional health authority.

Manitoba COVID 19 Update

Public health officials advise 24 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 96 at this time.

The data also shows:
•    four individuals are currently hospitalized,
•    one individual  is currently in intensive care,
•    the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is one, and
•    two individuals have recovered from COVID-19.

 

 

The public is reminded that under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30:
•    Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises.  This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals.  This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters.  
•    Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.  
•    Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres.

Other restrictions first introduced in a public health order issued on March 20 remain in effect.

Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any recreational, tourist or non-essential international or domestic travel.  In addition, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This does not include:
•    workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services;
•    workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
•    health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
•    normal personal travel in border communities.

A community testing site will open Monday in Pine Falls at École Powerview School at 33 Vincent St.  Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.  There are 15 community testing sites in Manitoba, including six drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the next week.  The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

The Importance of Supporting Small Businesses During the COVID 19 Outbreak

Local businesses are facing the challenges of social and physical distancing, reduced hours, and outright closures due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

 

President of the Chamber of Commerce up in Thompson, Charlotte Larocque spoke to Arctic Radio about the importance of keeping local businesses open, even if how they operate has changed for the time being.

 

She says that small and micro businesses are often the only sources of income for families that own them and economic growth is dependent on keeping our money in the North and attracting others to invest in our businesses and economy.

 

Big box stores and online shopping doesn’t provide financial benefits to communities. 

Niki Ashton Statements on COVID 19 Epidemic

Our MP Niki Ashton spoke to Arctic Radio to address the COVID 19 crisis.

 

Ashton believes that there has been a lack of Provincial and Federal leadership when it comes to dealing with the epidemic, outlining that our region is particularly vulnerable especially indigenous communities and urban areas.

 

Ashton acknowledged that the wage subsidy for small businesses introduced by Prime Minister Trudeau for small businesses is something the NDP has pushed for and is a good first step but that we need mandated shutdowns to slow the spread of the virus across Canada and the province.

Manitoba Highway Checkpoints

The Manitoba government will establish five highway checkpoints and provide information in airports to help inform travellers about the public health measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, Justice Minister Cliff Cullen and Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“We must do everything we can to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and on our health-care system,” said Cullen.  “This approach will help ensure travellers know they must self-isolate, what the province’s state of emergency means to them and other important public health information.  By being informed, we can reduce the risk to Manitobans and help keep our communities healthy and safe.”

Travellers will receive information about Manitoba’s current state of emergency, public health orders issued under The Public Health Act, and the need to immediately self-isolate for 14 days after travel in Canada or internationally.  If Manitobans need assistance with groceries, prescription pickup and other services, they are encouraged to go to www.HelpNextDoorMB.ca

Cullen noted this kind of proactive measure to inform travellers and help slow the spread of COVID-19 is critical.  

Checkpoints will be located at the:
•    Ontario border:
     -  Trans-Canada Highway East (West Hawk Lake/Falcon Lake);
•    Saskatchewan border:
     - Trans-Canada Highway West (west of Kirkella/Elkhorn/Virden);
     - PTH 16 (west of Russell);
     - PTH 5W (west of Roblin); and
     - PTH 2 (west of Sinclair/Reston/Souris).

“We expect these checkpoints to be operational this week, staffed by provincial employees,” said Schuler.  “Drivers can expect to see roadside signage to help direct them to the checkpoints and support traffic safety.”

These checkpoints are established under the authority of The Public Health Act.  No one will be denied entry into Manitoba at these locations.

Signage will also be placed at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport and the Brandon Municipal Airport to ensure people arriving on domestic flights have similar information.

The province continues to rely on the recommendations of the chief provincial public health officer and encourages all Manitobans to engage in good social distancing protocols including practising following the 3P’s – protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect your community.  For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

PROVINCE LAUNCHES PROGRAM TO HELP MANITOBANS COPE WITH ANXIETY RELATED TO COVID-19

The Manitoba government is investing in the mental health of Manitobans by introducing a program to help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Pandemics bring about a high level of stress and anxiety, and the health and well-being of Manitobans continues to be our priority during this uncertain time,” said Pallister.  “Many of us are feeling concerns over whether we will get sick, the health of our families, the security of our jobs, being isolated from our loved ones and many other variables.  As part of our emergency response to COVID-19, we are introducing an easily accessible virtual option to help support Manitobans.”

To help Manitobans experiencing mild to moderate anxiety due to COVID-19, the province is partnering with Morneau Shepell, Canada’s leading provider of technology-enabled HR services, to launch an internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) program free of charge to all Manitobans 16 years old and over.  The province will spend $4.5 million to provide these services to Manitobans for up to a year.

Morneau Shepell launched this digital therapy program last week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. T he new program is guided by professional therapists and addresses anxiety symptoms related to the uniquely challenging aspects of pandemics: uncertainty, physical isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload and stress management.

“We know many Canadians are struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health,” said Nigel Branker, president, health and productivity solutions at Morneau Shepell.  “With the requirements to self-isolate and practice physical distancing, we are offering a convenient, digital program that can be accessed with any smartphone or tablet.  Our goal is to facilitate access and provide support to as many people as possible across the country."

Morneau Shepell’s national network includes thousands of therapists experienced in dealing with the psychological impact of various traumatic events.  Program participants also have access to live crisis counsellors who are available 24-7 if any risk of harm or crisis is identified.

The program will be available in English and French in the coming weeks at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Pallister noted this is an additional resource to supplement a number of mental health organizations funded by the Manitoba government.  Existing organizations that provide crisis support via phone, text and video conference will continue to provide support through the pandemic.  

Province Calls in Federal Government For Health Care Support Amid COVID 19 Pandemic

The Manitoba Government is calling on the Federal Government to better support heath care by lowering borrowing costs.

 

Premier Brian Pallister says Manitobans and Canadians are facing a historic pandemic that poses significant public health and economic challenges, adding that this is a time to unite and a chance for the Federal Government to help the province obtain investments needed for Public Health Care Services.

 

Pallister wants the Federal Government to establish an emergency credit agency to borrow on the provinces behalf as this would save Canadians billions of dollars a year.

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