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COVID-19 BULLETIN #409

Public health officials advise that one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the Russell Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.4 per cent provincially and 6.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 261 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net new number of cases today to 258 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 36,890.  

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    25 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;  
•    36 cases in the Northern health region;   
•    10 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
•    31 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and   
•    159 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
•    1,682 active cases and 34,246 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    76 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 69 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 145 hospitalizations;  
•    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;
•    3,427 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 633,974; and
•    the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 962.

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 910 cases from ‘active’ to ‘recovered’. This provides a more accurate reporting of active cases.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at: https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Dauphin Personal Care Home in Dauphin and Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon.

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

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers 2021 Recipients

The Sovereigns Medal for Volunteer recipients for 2021 have been announced and 16 volunteers from The Pas have been given the honour as part of National Volunteer Week.

 

The full list of winners can be found by following this link:

 

https://www.gg.ca/en/sovereigns-medal-volunteers-recipients?fbclid=IwAR1SFwqi6ooEq22aatE-Go6RVQiENHBB0Xn2bYYnipjIwZf0T6qU4SMZMTk

The Manitoba Government is Looking for Input on K to Grade 12 Education From Students

The provincial government is inviting students from all diverse backgrounds and all corners of the province to have a seat on the Minister of Educations Student Advisory Council. 

 

Education Minister Cliff Cullen says the Council will enable youth to discuss and provide input on aspects of the education system and how they affect the children and young people who experience it today, create a network of students across Manitoba and provide feedback on department initiatives and work collaboratively with fellow council members.

 

The Council will be made up of up to 20 Manitoba youth aged 14 to 18 and will report directly to the Minister of Education.  Council members will serve a 12 month term starting in August.  In addition to meeting with the minister they will meet with government staff and education stakeholders.

 

For more information and how to apply visit www.bettereducationmb.ca.  The deadline for applications is May 10th, successful applicants will be announced in June and the Councils first meeting will be held in August.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #408

Public health officials advise that one new death in a person with COVID -19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 50s from Northern Health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.3 per cent provincially and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 164 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 162 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 36,632. 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 15 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region; 
• 30 cases in the Northern health region;  
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• 24 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and  
• 76 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,833 active cases and 33,838 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 72 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 65 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 137 hospitalizations; 
• 18 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 16 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 34 ICU patients;
• 2,785 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 630,143; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 961.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

Public health officials advise of a possible exposure to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern at McDonalds, 217 Mystery Lake Rd. in Thompson on April 8 from 4 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.; April 10 and 11 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and April 13 and 14 from 2  to 10 p.m. Any person experiencing symptoms since attending the site should isolate immediately and go for testing. For further assistance contact Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required. For up-to-date information on testing sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

An outbreak has been declared at St. Maurice Daycare Inc., in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Boyne Lodge Personal Care Home in Carman, Boissevain Hospital and Evergreen Place Personal Care Home in Boissevain and the MD Practice Solutions of Manitoba Inc., Health Science Centre unit GD4, Donwwod Manor, Heritage Lodge, Lions Manor Personal Care Home, Meadowood Manor, Oakview Place and Parkview Place all in Winnipeg.

Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
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, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

COVID-19 BULLETIN #407

Public health officials advise that one new death in a person with COVID -19 have been reported today:


• a female in her 90s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at Russell Health Centre.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is six per cent provincially and 6.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 211 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, eight cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 203 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 36,470. 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• 14 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 25 cases in the Northern health region;  
• 27 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 138 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,783 active cases and 33,727 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 66 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 66 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 132 hospitalizations; 
• 18 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 33 ICU patients;
• 2,194 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 627,113; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 960.

 

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Grassroots Early Learning and Child Care Centre in Thompson, at Stony Mountain Institution in Stony Mountain and at the Flin Flon Personal Care Home in Flin Flon.

 

Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

COVID 19 Vaccine Clinics at the Roy H Johnston Arena

The next COVID 19 vaccine clinics for The Pas have been announced. They will be held at the Roy H Johnston Arena on April 21st, 23rd, 24th, and the 28th from 10:30 AM to 6:30PM.

 

If you are eligible for a vaccine call 1-844-626-8222

Highway 10/60 Clean Up

The Co Founder of a local group known as The Highway 10/60 Gang, Paulette Aamot is looking for volunteers to help clean up the intersection of Highway 10/60 tomorrow.

 

Volunteers will meet at the A&W parking lot at 10AM and volunteers are asked to dress for the weather and bring a pair of work gloves. Aamot was inspired to clean the intersection after seeing how messy it was.

 

If you are interested in volunteering call Aamot at 204-617-7659

 

 

Kinsmen Club Donation

The Kinsmen Club of The Pas has announced on social media that they have provided The Pas Families Building a Better Community Spray park and Skate park group with a donation of $25,000

 

Now that the spray park is completed the skate park project is something that The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques and town council members have strongly supported.

 

A design for the skate park can be found on The Pas Families BBC Facebook Group

There is Help Available if You Are Living With an Ongoing Health Condition

A Get Better Together program will be available in The Pas starting on May 5th.  Regional Community Health Developer Christa McIntyre says it’s a free interactive group program that will be available online.

 

She explains Get Better Together is a six session program and its designed for individuals living with any type of ongoing health issues and in the six weeks individuals can build confidence to better manage their illness through group support and discussion on a wide variety of topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, managing pain and fatigue, and action planning.

 

The virtual Get Better Together program will begin online May 5th and run for six weeks. For information or to register call Russell at 204-627-6419.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #406

Public health officials advise that no new deaths in people with COVID -19 have been reported today.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.7 per cent provincially and 5.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 108 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 36,267. 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• five cases in the Northern health region;  
• 10 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• 18 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 63 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,685 active cases and 33,623 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 70 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 132 hospitalizations; 
• 15 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 30 ICU patients;
• 2,491 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 624,868; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 959.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

An outbreak has been declared at the Dauphin Personal Care Home in Dauphin. The site has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event  and click on your region.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Amanda Lathlin MLA Report

The provincial government recently released their 2021 budget, which yet again, fails to serve the North and meet our communities’ education, health, vaccines and internet connectivity needs. It also continues to demonstrate this government’s failure to consult and work with our First Nations communities and how little they understand the issues our communities face. That is why I stood with my NDP colleagues in the House and voted against this budget on April 14 as soon as the debate ended.

               

It was an honour to go on record as the MLA for The Pas-Kameesak and provided my response to the budget during the debate. My response primarily focused on education and health in northern Manitoba. Education should not be messed with. We need a good education system to build strong, healthy communities. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though this government is focused on improving outcomes for our kids, just their bottom line. I have met with Kelsey School Division to discuss many important issues. Kelsey School Division will likely be facing a shortfall between $350,000-$600,000 for the impending salary backpay shortfall, because of the Pallister Governments unconstitutional wage freezes, unless funding is provided by this budget.

 

Our communities cannot afford any more cuts to programs at the hands of this government. Any cut could translate into larger class sizes, delaying repairs and new equipment, layoffs and more. Our northern school divisions are also in a unique position compared to the rest of the province as our communities require more resource and counseling services. As a result, KSD spends more of their budget on average in these two areas compared to other divisions in Manitoba (10.5% vs. 7.4%). This budget also fails to allocate more money to improve internet connectivity for Northern students. This issue needs to be sorted out as soon as possible to ensure our students learning is not compromised.

 

The Pallister government has also announced that education property taxes will be phased out, but have not yet mentioned how this revenue will be made up in the long term. As a parent with children attending school in our school division, I am worried about this. In fact, this has many people worried that our school divisions will see more cuts to make up this shortfall.

 

Others have argued that these tax cuts were implemented earlier than originally planned in order to divert attention away from this government’s disastrous education reform. Their Bill 64 – The Education Modernization Act, fails to mention poverty or mental health, two factors that greatly affect education outcomes. There was also only one representative from the North on the review committee and when a reporter asked if there was going to be Indigenous representation on these authorities the minister said “skill sets will be looked at”. As an Indigenous woman, I found this response offensive and unhelpful.

 

Finally, this budget doesn’t address a lack of health care in the North and the need for people to travel to Winnipeg which is very stressful, financially and physically. Many people in the north do not agree with the previous cuts that have been made to the Northern Patient Transportation Program. The program does not serve us well and just creates stress on our families. With that stress, many do not make it to their appointments and their health diminishes.

 

Access to health care is a human right and we need to uphold that. More investments in the north’s health care system are urgently needed to ensure care close to home and this budget was yet another missed opportunity to improve people’s lives in the north.

 

Please stay safe. If anyone wishes to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns, please send me an email at Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or call me at 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #403

Public health officials advise that no additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 4.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 127 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 35,815. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 29 cases in the Northern health region;  
• six cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 75 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,551 active cases and 33,309 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 60 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 70 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 130 hospitalizations; 
• 17 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 34 ICU patients;
• 1,954 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 615,906; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 955.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

An outbreak has been declared at Middlechurch Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and the Flin Flon Personal Care Home in Flin Flon. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared over at Unit B5 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

Public health officials advise of a possible exposure to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern at the Thompson Walmart between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on April 6 and the Thompson Safeway between 2 and 3 p.m. on April 10, both located at 300 Mystery Lake Rd. in Thompson. Any person experiencing symptoms since attending these sites should isolate immediately and go for testing. For further assistance, contact Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required. For up-to-date information on testing sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

The Pas Citizens on Patrol Looking For New Members

The Pas Citizens on Patrol is looking for new members to join their team to patrol the community and report criminal activity to the police.

 

Those interested in joining are asked to call Paulette Aamot at 204-617-7659.

 

You must be 18 years old or older to be a member.

NDP Bill to Support Young Victims of Sexual Assault in the North Passes Second Reading

Treaty 1 Territory, Homeland of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg MBToday the NDP bill that will help children and young people in northern and isolated communities access crucial health care when they have been sexually assaulted passed second reading with support from all parties.

 

This bill was first introduced by NDP MLA for The Pas-Kameesak, Amanda Lathlin, in November.Amanda Lathilin was the first First Nations Woman elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 2015 and this is her first bill to pass second reading. Today marks a critical step in supporting young people in the North,” said Lathilin.

 

Too many communities, especially in northern Manitoba, do not have the health professionals to provide support to children who are victims of sexual abuse,” said Lathlin. “This means that if a minor comes forward to report sexual abuse they haveto leave their community and travel by plane to Winnipeg just so evidence can be gathered and charges can be laid. It’s an unnecessary layer of trauma for victims and a very real obstacle to finding perpetrators of sexual assault.

 

Bill 213 would require the province to report annually on the number of health professionals trained and approved to examine child victims of sexual assault. It would also require the province to publicly report on the number of evidence kits available in all health regions.

 

Currently in Northern communities like The Pas, only adults have access to sexual assault kits administered by the RCMP. If a minor reports sexual assault they are flown to the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg where they are seen by a sexual assault nurse examiner.

 

Health professionals use evidence kits to gather DNA evidence which can later be used by police to charge perpetrators of sexual assault.This inequality in access to resources for victims of sexual assault has grave implications on the number of minors who report abuse and the mental and emotional health of young victims.

 

“Our children deserve better,” said Lathlin. “I'm calling on the province today to ensure speedy passage of this bill.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #402

Public health officials advise that one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:

• a female in her 30s from the Interlake–Eastern health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent provincially and 5.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 153 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, four cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 149 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,688. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 57 cases in the Northern health region;  
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 73 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,528 active cases and 33,205 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 75 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 137 hospitalizations; 
• 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;
• 2,648 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 613,701; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 955.

Public health officials advise the first case of the P1 variant of concern, first identified in Brazil, has been confirmed by sequencing in Manitoba. The case was identified in an individual from the Interlake–Eastern health region. Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

An outbreak has been declared at the Parkview Place Long Term Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

The Pas RCMP Make Arrest After Call of Shots Fired

On April 12, 2021, at approximately 3:35 pm, RCMP responded to a report of shots fired inside a residence at Valleyview Trailer Court, in The Pas. It was reported that a male had discharged a firearm in the home, but no one was injured.

 

Officers responded immediately and contained the area. One victim had exited the residence, however the suspect, and another person, were still inside.

An RCMP crisis negotiator made contact with a female inside the home, who was then able to get out of the residence safely.

 

The officer then made contact with the suspect and convinced him to surrender peacefully. The suspect exited the residence and was arrested without incident.

 

A 44-year-old male was arrested and he is facing charges of Discharging a Firearm, Pointing a Firearm, and Firearms Storage Contrary to Regulations x4.

Officers seized several firearms from inside the residence.

 

The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Margaret Barbour Collegiate Positive COVID 19 Case

A student at Margaret Barbour collegiate was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID 19 and the case is being treated as a variant of concern.

 

A teacher and students in one class that the student attended were asked to self isolate for a period of time.

 

The school is still open for business and they are continuing to follow COVID 19 safety measures.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #401

Public health officials advise that three additional deaths of people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50 from Prairie Mountain Health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent provincially and 5.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 86 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, six cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 80 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,539. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• seven cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 16 cases in the Northern health region;  
• five cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 53 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,439 active cases and 33,146 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 64 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 78 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 142 hospitalizations; 
• 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;
• 2,436 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 610,799; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 954.

Data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Additional data related to COVID-19, data on outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

The outbreak has been declared over at Riverview Health Centre personal care home in Winnipeg.

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

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, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

COVID-19 BULLETIN #400

Public health officials advise that two additional deaths of people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is six per cent provincially and 5.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 135 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 132 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,459. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 34 cases in the Northern health region;  
• five cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 89 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,438 active cases and 33,070 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 76 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 138 hospitalizations; 
• 14 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 33 ICU patients;
• 1,955 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 608,345 and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 951.

Today, public health officials are reporting the first case of a variant of concern in northern Manitoba. Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. This dashboard will be the main source of information as the B.1.1.7 is becoming the dominant variant in Manitoba. Additional data related to COVID-19, data on outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon. The site has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
In partnership with the chief and council from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, provincial public health officials have lifted the public health orders in place for that community. All other general public health orders in Manitoba remain in effect for the community.  

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

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Funding is Available to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

An organizing group is looking into holding a North American EV Rally in 2022. 

 

The group’s Volker Beckmann from Thompson says Manitoba has one of the lowest electricity rates in North America and an abundant supply of clean sustainable energy yet Manitoba’s EV infrastructure is seriously lacking in the north.

 

He explains even if they wanted an electric car in Flin Flon or Thompson for example from Tesla he could order one and they deliver it to your door but you wouldn’t be able to drive to Winnipeg because the distances in between are too far so we need somebody to take a look at that and there’s different ways that could be done in terms of getting EV infrastructure into the north and that’s missing right now unfortunately noting Manitoba is the furthest behind in EV development compared to the rest of the provinces in our country.

 

Beckmann says we need the province or Manitoba Hydro to support the installation of level three charging stations in each community to allow residents and visitors to reach all parts of the province and allow for events like an EV rally.  He adds there is funding available to communities for installations until June 22nd with information at www.nrcan.gc.ca.

The Pas Community Renewal Corporation on Board with Grace Lake Boardwalk and Trail

Opasquia Trails has announced that The Pas Community Renewal Corporation has provided a donation of $875 to the Grace Lake Boardwalk and Trail.

 

Shawn Sexsmith from Opasquia Trails says the TPCRC has been a partner with Opasquia Trails from the start and they are thankful that they continue to support the trail.

 

Opasquia Trails raised over $300,000 towards this project with the hopes of starting construction in the spring of this year with the total cost of construction set to be close to $700,000.

 

The Trail will start at the Kelsey Watershed District Office and end at the Boreal Discovery Trail.

OCN Members Take Part in Guaranteed Livable Income Vigil Day

Last week, Opaskwayak Cree Nation members took part in a guaranteed livable income vigil day event held at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre to show their support for low income community members.

 

The event was organized by the United Church and the occasion supported the guaranteed livable income movement that would provide every Canadian with a livable income.

 

Participants took photos during the vigil and uploaded them to social media with a goal of getting the attention of important political figures.

 

One of the attendees Doris Young stated that a basic income is not a waste of money but rather something that is needed in our area of society.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #399

Public health officials advise that no additional deaths in a person with COVID-19 are being reported today.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.2 per cent provincially and 5.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 114 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,327. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 36 cases in the Northern health region;  
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 62 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,370 active cases and 33,008 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 57 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 78 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 135 hospitalizations; 
• 14 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 33 ICU patients;
• 2,030 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 606,373; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 949.

Data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. This dashboard will be the main source of information as the B.1.1.7 is becoming the dominant variant in Manitoba. Additional data related to COVID-19, data on outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Emerson Health Centre in Emerson. The site has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
A new Fast Pass site opened in Winkler today at the existing drive-thru testing site at 485 George Ave. for eligible school staff and those working in licensed child-care centres. No appointments are necessary and the site operates in the drive-thru format. Clients will be asked if they meet eligibility criteria and to present proof of eligibility, such as a work identification card or letter for the Fast Pass program, upon arrival and will then be given a rapid test.

Hours of operation for the Winkler Fast Pass program are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on the Fast Pass program, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/rapid-testing.html.

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

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

COVID-19 BULLETIN #396

Public health officials advise that three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
• a male in his 20s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.5 per cent provincially and 5.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 179 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 176 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,969. 

Public health officials are announcing 37 new screened or sequenced cases of the variants of concern have been detected today. Of these, 33 are B.1.1.7 variants of concern with 28 from the Winnipeg health region, one from Interlake–Eastern health region, three from the Prairie Mountain Health region and one from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. Four new screened or sequenced uncategorized cases have been detected with one from the Interlake–Eastern health region and three from the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 84 cases in the Northern health region;  
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 77 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,180 active cases and 32,840 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 56 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 80 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 136 hospitalizations; 
• 14 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 35 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 949; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
? B.1.1.7 is 332;
? B.1.351 is 20;
? cases that have not been categorized is 24; and
? the total number of variant of concern cases is 376.

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 317 cases to ‘recovered’ from ‘active’ and provides a more accurate reporting of active cases.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,474 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 599,622. 

An outbreak has been declared at Extendicare/Oakview Place personal care home. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared at Boissevain School in Boissevain. The school has moved to remote learning until April 23 as an enhanced measure and response, and the facility has been moved to the Restricted (Orange) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

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. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  

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