The Pas Local News Archives for 2020-08

COVID-19 BULLETIN #173

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.1 per cent and 28 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,214.

 
The data shows:
two new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region; 
13 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
six new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
seven cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
469 active cases and 731 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 
there are 11 people in hospital and one person in intensive care, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.
 
Preliminary investigations show that 14 of the cases announced today are close contacts of previously announced cases and one was related to travel. Additional case investigations are continuing.
 
In the last seven days, public health officials have been unable to determine the source of infection for 32 cases – 16 in Prairie Mountain Health, two in Southern Health–Santé Sud and 14 in Winnipeg. Case investigations continue and are updated as more information is available. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,714 tests were completed on Friday, 1,992 tests were completed on Saturday and 1,708 tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 137,499.
 
Public health officials are advising of a possible exposure at the Frederickson Performance Centre, Unit F-1212 18th St. in Brandon on Aug. 17 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and Aug. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear. 
 
Case investigations indicate that of the three cases identified at the Assiniboine Centre at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, two of the individuals were health-care workers and one is a patient. At this time, it appears the patient contracted the virus at the facility. 
 
In addition, case investigations indicate a case previously identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region is a health-care worker who works at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon. The health-care worker is a close contact of a previously identified case. This information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and the case investigations are continuing. 
 
While the current risks are assessed to be low, the site has initiated outbreak protocols at the facility in an abundance of caution as per provincial protocols. This means the site is putting additional measures in place at the facility to reduce further the risk to residents and staff, and is restricting visitation. The Fairview Personal Care Home is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
With the increased number of cases in southern Manitoba, public health will be re-implementing travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective Thursday, Sept. 3. In addition to these restrictions, all Manitobans are asked to respect any restrictions that First Nation communities have in place.
 
In addition, a requirement for all visitors arriving at health-care facilities to wear a non-medical mask to be permitted into the site takes effect Sept. 1. It also extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province. 
 
While primary care clinics and other locations providing health services are not currently included in the mask requirement, all Manitobans are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when seeking care.
 
Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physical distance, wear a mask.
 
Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.
 
Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Manitoba Liberals Back #SafeSetemberMB

Manitoba Liberals are backing calls of Safe September Manitoba a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, and educators, who have given the PC’s a failing grade.

 

Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont said remote learning is the quote ultimate in social distaining and it would allow for smaller class sizes and staff and students with immune challenges would all be able to work and learn safely.

 

According to a media release while other provinces like Saskatchewan are providing an option for remote learning the Pallitser government isn’t.

 

As a result Manitoba parents that are concerned about sending their children back to school and have no choice but to take them out of the public system and home school them instead.

 

The liberals are calling on the PC”s to support the Safe September Manitoba plan which involves, allowing school boards to delay the return of school until plans are in place, ensure there is enough room for social distancing,  requiring mandatory masks, and ensuring that remote learning is available.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #170

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.3 per cent and 32 new cases of the virus have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,096.

The data shows:
•    one new case in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    18 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    six new cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    seven cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    five current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;
•    418 active cases and 664 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.

Preliminary investigations show that 14 of the cases announced today are close contacts of previously-announced cases. Additional case investigations are continuing and information will be updated when available.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,252 laboratory tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 132,085.

Due to data system upgrades this weekend, hospitalization and intensive care unit data will not be available on Saturday. It is expected this data will be available on Sunday.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

OCN Recreation and Beatrice Wilson Health Centre Canoeing Lessons

OCN recreation and the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre will be offering beginner canoeing lessons for people 13 and older.

 

10 participants will be allowed for each training date and the two four day training sessions will run from September 1st until the 4th and September 8th until 11th from 10 AM until 3 PM.

 

The lessons will be held at Pike Lake and other areas and students will learn how to properly paddle their canoe and how to attach a canoe to their vehicle or trailer.

 

Pre registration is required and people interested in signing up can call 204-627-7410.

 

All COVID 19 regulations will be followed.

Opaskwayak Education Services School Year Starts September 3rd

Opaskwayak Education Services announced that the school year will begin on September 3rd for Joe A Ross School and Oscar Lathlin Collegiate Students.

 

A mandatory orientation will be held on September 2nd to allow teachers to meet with parents to discuss health and safety protocols and parents that have any questions or concerns are asked to call 204-620-8116 or 204-620-5788.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #169

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three per cent. The trend in the current five-day test positive rate is affected by positive results related to targeted testing in known clusters.

Twenty-two new cases of the virus have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m. today. However, a case previously reported on Aug. 15 was removed from the case totals. This means the total net new cases today is 21, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,064.

Public health officials are also reporting an additional death today, a female in her 90s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region. This case is associated with the outbreak at Bethesda Place in Steinbach. This brings the total number of deaths to 14.

The data shows:
•    three new cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    nine new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    six new cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    four cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    six current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;
•    407 active cases and 643 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.

Preliminary investigations show that seven of the cases announced today are close contacts of a previously-announced case. Additional case investigations are continuing, and updated information will be updated when available.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,429 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 130,835.

Preliminary investigations indicate that a case previously identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region is a health care worker from the Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon. The individual wore personal protective equipment and is self-isolating. Close contacts have been identified and the case investigation is continuing.

This information has been shared with the families, staff and close contacts. While no other cases have been identified as linked to this case and the risk is assessed to be low, in an abundance of caution, the site has initiated outbreak protocols.

The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This means the site is putting additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff, and is restricting visitation at the facility.

Effective Aug. 28, public health orders will require Manitobans to self-isolate for 14 days if:
•    they have tested positive for COVID-19; or
•    they have been exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact.

Individuals will be notified by a public health official if self-isolation is required. Once notified, the person must go to their residence or an approved self-isolation location and remain there for 14 days, or until they are directed otherwise by a public health official.

Exceptions will be made for in-person appointments with health care providers. However, if an individual leaves their home, they must wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and minimize the time away from their self-isolation location.

Failure to self-isolate in accordance with public health advice is a violation of the order and is enforceable under The Public Health Act. Individuals could be subject to fines for non-compliance.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Manitoba Government Enhances Back to Work Wage Subsidy Program

Yesterday, the Manitoba Government announced that they will enhance their back to work program to support more Manitoba Businesses in bringing back their employees to increase operations and services provided throughout the province.

 

Premier Pallister says the Back to Work Manitoba initiatives is a key component as we continue to safely restart our recovery as nearly 40,000 Manitobans are looking to get back to work and back on their feet.

 

The back to work initiative will support the provinces economic recovery by encouraging private sector and non profit employers to bring back laid of employees or make new hires and the program will reimburse 50 percent of wage costs per employee hired or rehired between July 16th and October 31st

The Pas RCMP Respond to Assault with Weapon

On August 25, 2020, at 8:26 pm, The Pas RCMP responded to a report of an adult male shot in the face with a pellet gun.

 

The adult male was walking on Fischer Avenue when he was approached by three male youths asking for a cigarette.  After declining to hand one over, the youngest of the group, a 13-year-old, shot the victim in the face with a pellet gun, approximately 5 times.

 

The three suspects then took off running to the rear of The Pas Legion, where the victim caught up to them.   Officers arrived shortly after and arrested all three suspects; the 13-year-old shooter and two 16-year-olds.

 

A search of the suspects and the immediate area, turned up three pellet handguns and numerous CO2 cartridges. All three suspects were under the influence of alcohol. 

 

The victim suffered minor injuries.

 

The 13-year-old male was arrested and is facing charges of Assault with Weapon, Careless use of firearm, Pointing a firearm, Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose and Failing to comply with a release order.

 

The 16-year-old males are each facing charges of Assault with Weapon, Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose and Carrying concealed weapon.

 

All three suspects were remanded into custody and are scheduled to appear in The Pas Provincial Court today.

 

The Pas RCMP continues to investigate.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #168

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.1 per cent.  Twenty-five new cases of the virus have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,043.

Of the 25 cases, there were:
•    one in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    eight in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    seven in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    nine in the Winnipeg health region.

It is important to note that the trend in current five-day test positive rate is affected by positive results related to targeted testing in known clusters.

One of the new cases identified in Southern Health-Santé Sud is linked to the Bethesda Place personal care home outbreak. This brings the total to eight. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    eight current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;
•    408 active cases and 622 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is thirteen.

Public health officials are advising of three potential exposures to COVID-19 that may have occurred. The first was on Aug. 18 and 19 at the GoodLife Fitness (1570-18th St.) in Brandon from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on both days and the second was on Aug. 18 at the Coffee Culture Café and Eatery in Brandon (510-1st St.) from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. The third exposure was on Aug. 11 and Aug. 14 to 17 at the Foxtail Café (Hwy. 10 and Victor Ave.) in Wasagaming. Dates and times will be updated on the website when they are available at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html.

While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,206 laboratory tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 129,409.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Fish Harvesters Benefit Grant

Following the announcement of the federal government’s financial aid programs for fish harvesters, MKO is encouraging fishers in its region to apply for them.

 

The Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant began taking applications this week.

 

People who are eligible for the benefit and the grant are self-employed commercial or freshwater fishers, Indigenous harvesters who are designated by their community under a communal commercial fishing license, and sharespersons crew.

 

Grand Chief Garrison Settee says he hopes that the two programs will help fishers in MKO territory make it through the pandemic with at least some form of financial support.

 

Applications for the programs are available on the Government of Canada website, and Settee encourages fishers to call Service Canada at 1-833-674-8283 if they need help applying for the programs.

Make Shift Happen Community Safety Labs

Make Shift Happen will be having community sharing labs to give community members a chance to interact and share ideas on how the communities well being and safety can be improved.

 

The first lab will be on Saturday from 10AM until 11:30AM, and the other will be on Monday from 7PM until 8:30 PM.

 

Call 204-624-5050 to sign up.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #167

Public health officials advise a thirteenth death related to COVID-19 has been reported, a female in her 90s from the Steinbach health district in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region. This is a previously-announced case connected to a known outbreak at Bethesda Place.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.7 per cent.  Twenty-five new cases of the virus have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,018.
 
Of the 25 cases, there were:
•    10 in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    nine in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    six in the Winnipeg health region.

Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    seven current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;
•    399 active cases and 606 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is thirteen.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,428 laboratory tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 128,576.

The Portage la Prairie Drive-Thru Community Testing Site (245 Royal Rd) is moving to a new location. The site will be closed on Aug. 26 and will re-open at Portage Ave. and 5th St. SE on Aug. 27. Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. To book, call 204-428-3471.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Rotary Club of The Pas Still Accepting Nominations for COVID 19 Hero

Residents of The Pas and area are reminded that The Rotary Club of The Pas has put out a call for nominations for COVID Heroes.

 

You are invited to nominate someone in The Pas, OCN, or the RM of Kelsey that you feel has done a good job helping the community during the pandemic.

 

You can email your nomination to rotary covid hero at gmail dot com you must include a reason for your nomination and how they have helped the community.

 

The deadline to submit nominations is midnight this Friday.

 

Additional information can be found on the rotary club of The Pas Facebook page.

NRHA Statement

The Northern Health Region’s CEO says the patient who is confirmed to have COVID-19 over the weekend is recovering successfully in self-isolation.

 

Helga Bryant says additional public health nurses were in the Gillam/Fox Lake Cree Nation District communities as of yesterday morning, and are conducting extensive contact tracing and daily monitoring.

 

Bryant states that northern residents have been extremely diligent in keeping COVID-19 out of the north, which she says is evident by the region’s low numbers since the start of the pandemic.

 

She goes on to say that we must still focus on the fundamentals to keep COVID-19 at bay, such as frequent hand washing, physical distancing, staying home when sick, and avoiding close contact with anyone that is experiencing symptoms.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #166

Public health officials advise that the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.9 per cent.  Forty-nine new cases of the virus have been identified, with 25 cases announced today as of 9:30 a.m. and 24 cases connected to Sunday, Aug. 23. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 993.

Of the 49 cases, there were:

• 35 in the Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region;

• two in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;

• four in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and

• eight in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the majority of today’s PMH region cases are linked to intentional testing related to known clusters in communal living communities. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:

• six current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;

• 395 active cases and 586 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is twelve.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,544 laboratory tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 127,149.

Prairie Mountain Health region has been elevated to the restricted level (orange) according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. Starting today, masks will be mandatory in all public indoor places and at all indoor and outdoor public gatherings in the region. Public gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.

People who do not have to wear masks include:

• a child who is under five years of age;

• a person with a medical condition that is unrelated to COVID-19, including breathing or cognitive difficulties or a disability, which prevents them from safely wearing a mask; and

• a person who is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person.

Public gathering sizes, both indoors and outdoors, are limited to 10 people. This includes weddings, funerals, banquets, receptions and professional sporting activities. More than ten members of the public may attend a business or facility that is allowed to open under these orders, if public distancing measures are in place to allow people to maintain a distance of at least two metres.

A person who enters or remains in an indoor public place, including a business, retail or restaurant establishment, must wear a mask in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gapping. For a list of indoor public spaces and additional details, including the exemptions related to the public health orders, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html#current

Public health officials continue to monitor all regions with increased cases closely to determine if additional restrictions are necessary.

Public health officials are advising a potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred at the Safeway Corral Centre (921 18th St. North) in Brandon on Aug. 15 (2:00 to 6:00 p.m.), Aug. 18 (11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Aug. 19 (2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.). While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.

A new community COVID-19 testing site will open at 2735 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The site will be open to the public on a walk-in basis, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week. Access Fort Garry (135 Plaza Dr.) will no longer be offering COVID-19 testing once the new site opens. Their last day of public testing will be Monday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Portage la Prairie Drive-Thru Community Testing Site (245 Royal Rd) is moving to a new location. The site will be closed on Aug. 26 and will re-open at Portage Ave. and 5th St. SE on Aug. 27. Hours of operation will be Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. To book, call 204-428-3471.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

COVID 19 in the NRHA

There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Gillam/Fox Lake Cree Nation District in the Northern Health Region as of this past Saturday.

 

This comes after a resident of the Prairie Mountain Health Region who had travelled to the  District from  August 13-21 was confirmed to have COVID-19.  This person has no connection with Manitoba Hydro and is now home recovering.

 

Anyone presenting at the Gillam Hospital over the weekend was being screened for COVID-19. Those showing symptoms were tested and told to self-isolate.  Those who were asymptomatic had their information taken and were told they would receive a test in their home today.

Niso Forestry Spraying Herbicide Near Goose Lake

Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that beginning on the last week of August and the first couple of weeks of September Niso forestry will be spraying herbicide in the area around Athapap Road Northwest of Goose Lake.


The spray will be applied by helicopter during low winds and signs will be posted in areas that have been sprayed. 


This is all being done so that replenished softwoods can grow successfully. 
If OCN land owners have any questions about the area being sprayed they can call 204-627-7111 
 

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Launches Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has announced the launch of the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund intended to jump start mineral and economic development initiatives in the province with a focus on Northern Manitoba.

 

Many of Manitoba’s Northern Communities have untapped potential in the mining sector and according to minister of agriculture and resource development Blaine Pederson the program will play a key role in advancing new initiatives that will benefit our economy with a partnership based approach to help grow and diversify our Northern economy with indigenous communities.

 

Manitoba provided MCC with 20 million dollars last fall to establish the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #165

Public health officials advise that the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.7 per cent.  Seventy-two new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 944.
 
The data shows there were:
•    one new case in Northern Health Region;
•    one new case in Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    45 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region;
•    16 new cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    nine cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations indicate the majority of the PMH cases are linked to intentional testing related to known clusters in communal living communities. The Northern Health Region case is linked to a previously-announced case from PMH. There are seven cases related to the outbreak at Bethesda Place personal care home, a combination of staff and residents. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    seven current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;
•    356 active cases and 576 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is twelve.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,839 laboratory tests were completed on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 125,300.

Manitobans are reminded Prairie Mountain Health region has been elevated to the restricted level (orange) according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. As of Monday, Aug. 24, masks will be mandatory in all public indoor places and at all indoor and outdoor public gatherings in the region. Public gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors. Manitobans within this region are encouraged to take these extra precautions immediately to help slow the spread of this virus. Public health officials continue to monitor the regions with increased cases closely to see if additional restrictions are necessary.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough, not sharing items, and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 

Search Continues for Tammy Nattaway

The search for Tammy Nattaway continues as Manitoba RCMP seeks new information on the case.

 

The 16-year-old from Island Lake has been missing since July 14th, and further investigation has determined that she was last seen by a family member on July 20th in Garden Hill First Nation.

 

Nattaway is described as five feet tall, around one hundred pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.

 

Based on the information available, RCMP believe that Nattaway is still within the Island Lake area, which include Garden Hill, Wasagamack, and Saint Theresa Point.

 

Garden Hill First Nation is offering a five thousand dollar reward for any information that leads to finding Nattaway.

 

Anyone with information should call Island Lake RCMP at 204-456-2626 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Tim Horton's Camp Day Results

Tim Horton’s Camp Day was held on August 12th and the fundraiser at the Opaskwayak Tim Horton’s was a success.

 

A total of four thousand nine hundred nineteen dollars and eighty nine cents was raised for the cause.

 

Tim Horton’s Camp Day helps to send children from low income families to summer camps

MKO on Schools Reopening

With schools set to reopen in less than a month’s time, MKO is voicing concerns over how the reopening will go in the north.

 

In a news release, Grand Chief Garrison Settee states that the risk of COVID-19 in Manitoba is still very much prevalent as we continue to see a rise in cases.

 

Settee explains that schools across the province lack the adequate resources to respond to the coronavirus.

 

He says that some schools in the region are better equipped to respond to the pandemic due to having low student populations to allow for physical distancing, but many schools have large student bodies, which means they will have to consider setting up classes in gyms, multi-purpose rooms, and libraries.

 

Settee states that First Nations are planning for various scenarios to ensure that schools can be safe from COVID-19, and that the province should utilize every possible avenue to ensure the safety of students and teachers.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #162

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.9 per cent. Thirty-three new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 796.

The data shows there were:
•    17 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    10 new case in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
•    six new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    247 active cases and 537 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 12.

Due to a technical issue, the current status of hospitalizations and intensive care patients is not available but will be updated in future bulletins.

The Prairie Mountain Health region will be elevated to the restricted level according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System immediately. More details are forthcoming.

Public Health officials are advising of two potential exposures to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first exposure was Aug. 8, at Manipogo Provincial Park, located off PTH 276 on Lake Winnipeg. The second exposure was Aug. 8 at a Crocus Soccer field, located at 930 First St. in Brandon. Additional details will be updated here https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.

While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while feeling ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering coughs and physical distancing when with people outside your household. If you cannot physical distance, wear a mask.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,596 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 119,210.

Unless recommended by Public Health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

BCN Northern Connectivity

Five northern communities can expect better internet connectivity in the near future.

 

Broadband Communications North was awarded 9.9 million dollars from the CRTC to help satellite-dependent communities.

 

Communities that will receive these improvements are Tadoule Lake, Barren Lands, Lac Brochet, Pukatawagan, and Shamattawa.

 

These communities will gain access to improved internet speeds of ten megabytes per second for downloads and 1 megabyte per second for upload.

Opaskwayak Education Services Restoring Safe Services Plan

Opaskwayak Education Services announced their Restoring safe services plan for students returning to school.

 

This is being done to ensure that there is a safe learning environment for all students during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Elementary students at Joe A Ross school up to grade 6 will have class time limited to 3 hours a day as they can only have 12 students in the classroom at a time.

 

Certain courses such as music and gym will be held in the classrooms to minimize hallway congestion. 

 

At Oscar Lathlin Colligate Cohorts of Students in Grade 7 and 8 will be split
into two session classes with one attending in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

 

Cree and physical education courses will be done online until they can increase class sizes.

Parents are encouraged to drive their students to school and students will have temperatures checked before getting on the bus and at school.

 

A full list of protocols can be found on the Opaskwayak Inninew Facebook page.
 

Danielle Adams MLA Report

In her latest MLA report, Danielle Adams took the opportunity to thank front-line workers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Adams says these workers have not only taken on personal risk and stresses during the spring lockdown, but they continue to do so today and for the foreseeable future.

 

She explains that in order to make things easier for front line workers, the north needs to stay vigilant, especially as schools reopen and students and school staff come in closer contact with more people.

 

She encourages people to stay home when sick, practice physical distancing when possible and to wear a mask if not possible.

Kelsey School Division Reopening Protocols

Vaughn Wadelius and Celina Mell from the Kelsey School Division spoke to Arctic Radio about the procedures that have been put in place to ensure that students are safe.

 

Students are being asked to wear their masks before they board the school bus but they will provide masks on buses and at schools in case students forget their masks.

 

It has been reported that masks are now mandatory for most students in Manitoba.

 

To find out more about the Kelsey School division back to school plan visit kelseyschooldivision.ca

 

You can listen to the interview with Celina Mell and Vaughn Wadelius on The Pas Today

The Pas RCMP respond to drowning on Clearwater Lake

On August 18, 2020, at 4:00 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of a possible drowning on Clearwater Lake, located 25 km north-east of The Pas.

 
Officers were advised that a 77-year-old male, from The Pas, had entered the water and began to struggle. A bystander on the beach entered the lake and pulled, the now unconscious male, out of the water.
 
Once on the beach, medical assistance was provided until EMS arrived who then transported the male to hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
 
The Pas RCMP along with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner continue to investigate.

ONLINE PROVINCIAL PANDEMIC RESPONSE SYSTEM LAUNCHED TO INFORM, GUIDE MANITOBANS ON COVID-19

The Manitoba government has launched the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, a new public health online tool that connects Manitobans with clear, timely, and more detailed and localized information about the current risk of COVID-19 and the specific measures being taken to reduce its spread, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Keeping Manitobans safe is our government’s top priority in these uncertain times,” said Pallister. “Equipping Manitobans with the information they need to stay safe while restarting our economy will help ensure we are better prepared to navigate through the COVID challenges ahead. That is what our new Pandemic Response System is designed to do.”

This new online tools allows public health officials to apply and effectively communicate with Manitobans specific changes and related pandemic containment measures by localized site, region or sector as needed. This will allow targeted measures focused on containing any outbreaks, instead of applying provincewide restrictions. This ensures public health remains a top priority while minimizing impacts on the economy and services for Manitobans.

The #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, the first of its kind in Canada, is based on a series of COVID-19 indicators monitored by public health officials to give Manitobans a clear and detailed picture of the situation throughout the province at all times. Those COVID-19 indicators include health system capacity, public health capacity, risk of outbreaks in vulnerable settings and risk of importation of cases.

The four colour-coded response levels are:
•    (red) critical – community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and/or there are significant strains on the health-care system;
•    (orange) restricted – community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring, public health measures are being taken to manage the negative impact on human health and/or the health system;
•    (yellow) caution – community transmission of COVID-19 is at low levels; and
•    (green) limited risk – the spread of COVID-19 is broadly contained and a vaccine and/or effective treatment is available.

The system launched with a provincewide level of ‘caution’, meaning COVID-19 is still a threat across Manitoba, but community transmission levels are low. There are multiple and isolated clusters of cases which are mostly contained. For more information on the COVID-19 indicators and the four response levels, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/prs/system.html.

“We must learn to live with this virus, and be prepared to both respond and adapt to changes in the transmission risks COVID-19 presents,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “The Pandemic Response System is a key preparedness tool setting out what Manitobans must do, at each response level, to help reduce risks and minimize the spread of this virus.”

The site outlines steps Manitobans should be taking at each response level, as well as public health orders and guidance for businesses, service providers and other sectors.

At all response levels, Manitobans should continue to follow the public health fundamentals. Those include:
•    always stay home when sick, even if mildly ill;
•    enhanced hand hygiene;
•    maintain physical distancing; and
•    wear masks in public indoor settings where physical distancing is not possible.

The #Restart Pandemic Response System supports the Manitoba government's roadmap to recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/restartMB.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #161

Public health officials advise a 12th death related to COVID-19 has been reported, a male in his 60s from the Grey health district in the Southern Health–Santé Sud region. This is a previously announced case connected to a known cluster. The individual was hospitalized and in the intensive care unit.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.6 per cent. Fifteen new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 763.

The data shows there were:
•    13 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    one new case in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
•    one new case in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations indicate the Prairie Mountain Health regional cases are mostly related to contacts to known cases. There are cases with unknown acquisition in the region. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    six current hospitalizations, with two individuals in intensive care;
•    223 active cases and 528 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 12.

Public health officials are advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on Aug. 13 and 14 (3 to 10 p.m) and Aug. 15 (3 to 7 p.m.) at the Wigwam Restaurant located at 132 Wasagaming Dr. in Wasagaming.

While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physical distance, wear a mask.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,376 laboratory tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 118,364.

Unless recommended by Public Health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  

Kelsey School Division Plans

The school season is just around the corner and the Kelsey school division wants you to know what they’re doing to keep students and staff safe.

 

All schools in Manitoba have been challenged by coming up with 3 scenarios for re opening that would involve different levels of social distancing.

 

The Kelsey School Division has made plans to promote both safety and education, the various schools will be encouraging masks in some situations and enforcing mask use in others.

 

All schools will post specific plans on school websites by September 4th, and parents are asked to help prevent the spread of Covid 19 by screening children daily for any signs of infection, and if a child is ill they must remain home.

Umpherville Fire

The pas fire department were busy again early Tuesday morning.

 

A 9-1-1 call came in at 12 30 am reporting a structure fire in the umpherville area.

 

Fire prevention officer Lars Pillipow said the fire was in an abandoned house.

Lars told arctic radio that fire crews spent 5 and a half hours on site before being able to bring the fire under control.

Fire at HBR Reimer Building

The Pas Fire Department responded to a fire at the Reimer Building on HBR property early Sunday morning. 
 

According to Lars Pillipow our local fire prevention officer, the page came in around 1:38 AM and it was observed that the flames were coming from the southeast corner of the building and the fire later spread to south end of the building.

 

Fire Crews fought the blaze through the night and were able to stop the fire before the entire building caught fire. 

 

HBR provided some equipment to assist the fire department with finding hotspots.

 

The exact cause of the fire is still not known.

Dr. Brent Rousin On Reinstating COVID 19 Restrictions

During a press conference last Friday Manitoba Chief Public Health officer Dr Brent Rousin was asked if there is a possibility that certain COVID 19 restrictions could be reinstated as we have seen an increase in cases.

 

Rousin stated that it’s never been off the table and restrictions were implemented when it was needed and were loosened when there was an improvement in transmission.

 

With the increase in cases Rousin said that we don’t need to put in heavy restrictions again if we stick to COVID fundamentals such as wearing masks with the hope that restrictions will be unnecessary. 

 

Rousin recommends self isolating as soon as you feel symptomatic and go for testing.


 

He says we have learned a lot through this pandemic and heavy restrictions put in place early on had major impacts on flattening the curve as well as impacts on health and the economy.

 

The goal is to limit the need for widespread COVID 19 restrictions like we had in the past and this can be done by having Manitobans follow COVID 19 fundamentals like social distancing and mask wearing.

 

Rousin wants to acknowledge that this pandemic is expected last a long time and that we can’t continue to rely on massive shutdowns to get through the pandemic.  
 

You can watch provincial COVID updates by subscribing to the Manitoba Government You Tube Channel

COVID-19 BULLETIN #160

Public health officials advising a tenth and eleventh death related to COVID-19 have been reported, both in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region. A male in his 80s from the Hanover health district and a male in his 90s from the Niverville/Ritchot health district. These are previously announced cases connected to known clusters and the individuals were hospitalized.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.8 per cent. Seventeen new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. One case was removed from the list and brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 748.

The data shows there were:

  • two new cases in Interlake-Eastern Health region;
  • two new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • two new cases in Southern Health-Sante Sud; and
  • 11 new cases in the Winnipeg region. 

Preliminary investigations indicate that the Winnipeg cases are mostly related to contacts that turned into cases. There are cases with unknown acquisition in the region. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:

  • eight current hospitalizations, with two individuals in intensive care;
  • 235 active cases and 502 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is eleven.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask. 

Testing numbers show an additional 1,028 laboratory tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 116,990.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #159

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.78 per cent. Thirty-eight new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. In addition, four other cases have been removed from the list. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 731.

The data shows there was:
•    one new case in Interlake–Eastern Health region;
•    20 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    12 new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
•    five new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations indicate the majority of today’s Prairie Mountain Health and Southern Health–Santé Sud regional cases are linked to a known cluster. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    11 current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
•    232 active cases and 490 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is nine.

Public health officials are advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred Aug. 5 to 7 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 7-11 at 3360 Victoria St. in Brandon. While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physical distance, consider wearing a mask.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,716 laboratory tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 115,963.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

You Can Keep Better Track of Where COVID-19 Cases are Occurring

The Manitoba government will now be reporting COVID-19 cases based on smaller health districts to help Manitobans with more local information. 

 

The province will update case numbers and other information based on 68 health districts instead of five regional health authorities. 

 

Health districts often include several communities and municipalities and follow regional health authority boundaries.  There are 15 districts under our Northern Regional Health Authority.

 

Health Minister Cameron Friesen says this additional information allows Manitobans to stay informed at a more local level.  To learn more about the new reporting system based on health districts visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

Petition for More COVID 19 Restrictions in the Province

A concerned Manitoban has started a change.org petition to urge the provincial government to reinstate the mandatory 14 day self isolation order for travelers entering and re entering the province.

 

Candice Arnold the woman who started the petition stated that when the travel restrictions were put in place we had almost no active cases before experiencing an increase in new cases in the province that were all said to be travel related.

 

She firmly believes that if we have travel restrictions we will be free to live our lives in the near future and we will feel safer with fewer cases.

 

She also feels that the provincial government should educate the public on what it means to self isolate to prevent future clusters and outbreaks.

 

The goal is to get at least 5000 signatures on the change dot org petitions and Arnold hopes that it will get the attention of Manitoba politicians.

RCMP Make Arrest in Homicide

On August 7, 2020, at approximately 8:15 pm, RCMP responded to an assault on McLean Street, in Cranberry Portage.

 

Officers and emergency personnel arrived on scene and located an injured male. He was taken to hospital, and on August 10, 2020, the 62-year-old male from Cranberry Portage, succumbed to his injuries.

 

On August 12, 2020, Jeremiah Colquhoun, 41, of Sherridon, was arrested and subsequently charged with Manslaughter.

 

He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in The Pas Provincial Court on August 17, 2020, at 10:00 am.  

 

Cranberry Portage RCMP, Major Crime Services and Forensic Identification Services, continue to investigate.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #156

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.25 per cent. Forty new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 643.

The data shows there were:
•    25 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    five new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
•    10 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations are ongoing but indicate the majority of Prairie Mountain Health cases continue to be linked to previously announced cases in Brandon, with early indications of community transmission. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    nine current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
•    246 active cases and 389 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Testing numbers show an additional 2,288 laboratory tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 110,492.

Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.

Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

Public health officials are advising of two potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first potential exposure was on Aug. 7 at the Sobey’s at 1570 18th St. in Brandon and Aug. 10 at the Minnedosa Hospital at 334 First St.

The second exposure is on Aug. 9 at the Cartwright Town and Country Golf Club, along PTH 3, just west of Cartwright.

While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.

How COVID 19 has Affected Manitoba Tourism

Travel Manitoba consultant Al McLauchlan spoke to Arctic Radio about how the tourism industry has been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

The provincial tourism industry has been based on a tourism model where 90 percent of tourists come from the United States and with closed borders this customer base has been lost to some extent and in some areas the tourism industry has decreased 60 to 90 percent.

 

To fix the problem Businesses, Travel Manitoba, and the Province have work towards marketing tourism within the province by encouraging people to visit parts of Manitoba that they have never been too before.

 

These efforts have paid off as Manitoba lodges have managed to get a lot of visitors and many have been almost fully booked.

 

McLauchlan added that Manitobans have been visiting local resorts in places like Snow Lake and he wants to encourage people to get out and enjoy the province.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #155

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.19 per cent. Twenty-five new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 603.

The data shows there were:
•    12 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    six new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
•    seven new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the majority of Prairie Mountain Health cases continue to be linked to previously announced cases in Brandon, while the Winnipeg cases are related to travel and close contacts. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    seven current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
•    218 active cases and 377 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,817 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 108,211.

The Prairie Mountain Health region has updated its testing site hours of operation and revised times can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list for revised hours.

Only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing, unless recommended by Public Health. Public Health discourages employers from sending employees for testing unless they have symptoms. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba and to view the COVID-19 dashboard with new health districts offering data at the local level, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/.

Norway House Identity Fraud

Norway House RCMP are investigating an identify fraud incident in the community.

 

Last week, officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle that had gone through the COVID-19 check point in the community.

 

It was reported that the occupants didn’t seem to know where they were going and had refused to answer a number of questions.

 

Police located and searched the vehicle, and found over 70 fake Ids, a large amount of cash, multiple cell phones, and  pepper spray.

 

The three suspects, all of whom are from Quebec, were arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including 31 counts of identity theft each, a count of identity fraud, and possession of a forged document.

Manitoba boosts number of flu shots for this fall

Manitoba wants to increase access to high-dose flu shots this fall.

 

The provincial government says concerns are higher than normal this year due to the coronavirus, and it anticipates demand for the flu shot will go up.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Brent Roussin stated that Manitobans need to plan for a challenging flu season as COVID-19, influenza, and colds will be occurring at the same time this fall.

 

The Manitoba government is expanding the criteria for the vaccine to allow more seniors to get the high-dose flu shot, including those living north of the 53rd parallel and living on a First Nation or remote community.

 

For the upcoming flu season, the province says it will order up to 21, 500 high dose vaccines, ten thousand more than in 2019.

UCN Sharing Space Safely Plan

The University College of the North has been preparing for the upcoming academic year to keep staff and students safe during the pandemic.

 

According to their plan certain protocols have been put in place for staff and students that are not well and certain rooms at their facilities will have a limit on the number of people that can be in there at any given time.

 

Students and staff will also be required to follow other COVID 19 related measures like frequent hand washing and practicing proper cough and sneeze etiquette.

 

More information on COVID measures at UCN can be found at ucncovid.ca

COVID 19 Situation

The COVID 19 Pandemic has been going on for several months and many safety protocols have been put in place that many had never experienced before, the most extreme of which was a full lock down.

 

Retired public health worker Jo Beyers told Arctic Radio that the lock down approach was put in place because early on we did not have a positive idea of how this virus worked and having too many cases early on could have overwhelmed the healthcare system.

 

The lock down put in place early on helped health care systems to prepare and adapt to the current situation.

 

A lot of these health care systems have increased their capacity and staffing and received more protective equipment.

 

There has also been an increase in the public health laboratory ability to test and contact trace.

 

While we are still in the pandemic Beyers also recommends that we avoid what is known as the three C’s of COVID. Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Closed contact.

 

She added that in the foreseeable future we will continue to see regional and local public health responses which will be different depending on the number of active cases in the respective areas.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #154

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.06 per cent. Sixteen new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 578. 

 
The data shows there were:
four new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
one new case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
one new case in the Interlake-Eastern health region; and
10 new cases in the Winnipeg region. 
 
Of the new cases, preliminary investigations indicate the majority of the Winnipeg regional cases listed today are related to travel and close contacts, while the majority of Prairie Mountain Health cases are linked to previously announced cases in Brandon. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks. 
 
The data also shows:
five current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
202 active cases and 368 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.
 
Testing numbers show an additional 1,554 laboratory tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 105,661.
 
Only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing, unless recommended by public health. Public health discourages employers from sending employees for testing unless they have symptoms. The online assessment tool can be found here https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
 
Public health officials are advising that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on flights on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 including:
Air India Flight AI 121 from New Delhi, India, to Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 3 and affected rows include rows 30 to 36;
Air Canada Flight 873 from Frankfurt, Germany, to Toronto Pearson International Airport on Aug. 4 and affected rows include rows 32 to 38; and
Air Canada Flight 271 from Toronto Pearson International Airport to the James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg on Aug. 4 and affected rows include rows 19 to 25.
 
Individuals in the affected seats on these flights are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.
 
Additional information about flights and affected rows is updated on the website at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html when available. While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Construction on Cathedral Avenue

The Town of The Pas is asking residents not to park on Cathedral Avenue while Maple Leaf Construction conducts their work.

 

They will be operating daily from 7 AM until 8PM until further notice.

Flin Flon Armed Robberies

Between July 23 and August 2 Flin Flon RCMP responded to four armed robberies that occurred in the community.    

 

Around 5 am July 23 RCMP were  advised a man was assaulted, sprayed with bear spray, and his bag was stolen on Hill Street. Two male suspects had fled on foot.  

 

On July 25 around 8:20 pm officers were dispatched to a robbery with a machete near a walking path on North Avenue where a 22-year-old man was robbed by four suspects. Officers arrested two females, ages 16 and 20, and a 23-year-old man in the area. 

 

Around 10 pm July 26 officers were advised that a 16-year-old male was robbed and assaulted at a local high school.  The suspects, a male and female, fled the area.

 

On August 2 at approximately 7:15 pm, RCMP responded to an armed robbery at a business on Green Street.  A male with a shirt wrapped around his face, entered the business, threatened the employee with a machete and demanded cigarettes and then fled on foot.

 

On August 7 at approximately 9:30 am RCMP arrested a 17-year-old male who faces numerous robbery, assault and weapons charges related to all four robberies.

 

A 23 year old Flin Flon man, a 20 year old Denare Beach man, a 16 year old Flin Flon female and an 18 year old Flin Flon man also face a variety of charges related to the robberies.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #153

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.27 per cent. Four new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 562. 

 
The data shows there were:
three new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region – a female in her 20s and two males in their 30s; and
one new case in the Winnipeg region – a male in his 20s. 
 
Of the total cases, many are linked to known clusters in Brandon or are close contacts of previously announced cases. There are a small number of cases of unknown acquisition in these areas. 
 
Case investigations are ongoing to determine possible COVID-19 exposures. When the investigations are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.
 
The data also shows:
five current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
194 active cases and 360 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.
 
Updated testing numbers for the weekend include: 
Friday – 2,062;
Saturday – 1,553; and
Sunday – 1,364.
 
Testing numbers show an additional 1,059 laboratory tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 104,841.
 
Public health officials are updating information related to a previously announced potential exposure to COVID-19 on Aug. 1 at a Tim Hortons restaurant on the Trans-Canada Highway at 18th Street in Brandon. Additional exposures were also possible on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4. While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk.

The Pas Friendship Centre Family Colour Run

To help families deal with the COVID 19 pandemic blues The Pas Friendship Centre is organizing a Free Family Colour Run this Saturday

 

The run is a 5KM run over pavement, grass and, gravel, and people are encouraged to wear a white shirt as coloured powder will be thrown on them. The run will take place near MBCI in the pool parking lot from noon until 5PM. 

 

There will also be a DJ and door prizes for participants to win. More information on the event can be found at The Pas Whats Happening in the Tri Area Facebook Group or by calling 204-627-7500

Manitobans Should Continue to be COVID Aware

Premier Brian Pallister says Manitobans have done well so far following COVID-19 guidelines. 

 

He says they are launching a public awareness campaign this week so people get the message to keep at it so they can continue restarting the economy.

 

He explains the successes we have had in terms of economic restart is entirely due to our willingness to follow the fundamentals from public health officials and we need to follow those fundamentals because health security is necessary for economic recovery. 

 

Pallister also announced they are extending the GAP Protection program application deadline to the end of October.  Businesses that are ineligible for federal support can apply for an immediate six thousand dollars under this program.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #152

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.59 per cent. Sixteen new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 558.
 
The data shows there were:
•    11 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; and
•    five new cases in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region.

While many of today’s cases appear to be linked to known clusters in Brandon and the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region, or are close contacts of a previously-announced case, preliminary information suggests that there may be a small number of cases of unknown acquisition in these areas.

Case investigations are ongoing to determine possible COVID-19 exposures. When the investigations are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    six current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
•    196 active cases and 354 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Preliminary testing numbers show an additional 1,364 laboratory tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 103,782.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Niki Ashton Addressing Concerns with First Nations Education

Our MP Niki Ashton sent out a letter outlining concerns that the Federal Government has not done enough to address the safety of first nations children returning to school during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Ashton stated that many indigenous schools are overcrowded, have a lack of proper ventilation, and inadequate access to materials that will keep students safe.

 

Ashton believes that First Nations students deserve to have access to education and a healthy and safe learning environment.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #149

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.10 per cent. Seventeen new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 491.
 
The data shows there were:
•    10 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    five new cases in the Winnipeg health region; and
•    two new cases in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region.
 
Case investigations are ongoing. When completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.
 
The data also shows:
•    nine current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
•    132 active cases and 351 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Preliminary testing numbers show 1,452 laboratory tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 96,999.

Public health officials are advising that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on Aug. 1 at a Tim Hortons restaurant on the Trans-Canada Highway at 18th Street in Brandon. While the risk of transmission is considered very low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk.

People should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, and seek testing if symptoms develop.

Effective tomorrow, the Steinbach community drive-thru testing site will now be open on Saturdays for the remainder of August. The site will be open from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call 204-346-7016 to book an appointment.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Town of The Pas 2020 Paving Project

Yesterday, The Town of The Pas announced that this year’s paving project will begin this Monday.

 

The paving will be done in various areas of the community and the town would like to thank everyone for their patience during this process and to be careful around the construction zones.

 

A full list of areas that are expected to be paved can be found at the town of the pas community updates facebook page.

July Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for July have been released. The Pas had mostly disturbances of the peace and mischief cases 156 and 146 respectively.

 

The RM of Kelsey had mainly provincial Traffic violations 112 in all and the The community of Cormorant had 3 assaults, 3 provincial statues, one disturbance of the peace, one case of mischief, one missing person and one prisoner held.

How Students Can Stay Safe at School During the COVID 19 Pandemic

The new school year will be starting for most students in September but there has been some concerns around sending kids back to school with an ongoing pandemic.

 

Medical Officer of Health Natalie Casaclang from the Northern Health Region spoke to Arctic Radio to address these concerns and to provide safety tips for students.

 

She says that schools are doing a lot of planning and preparation to prevent COVID 19 from coming into the schools including staff screening, hand washing, and physical distancing.

 

She added that wearing a mask should not take the place of physical distancing and hand washing. Parents that want their children to wear masks at school are encouraged to have their children practice wearing a mask at home first so they can get a feel for wearing one.

 

It’s also important that children refrain from sharing food and drinks with their classmates to prevent the spread of germs and to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID 19.

 

Casaclang also recommends that students get their annual flu shots as well to reduce the chance of student absence.

 

Parents and caregivers should find out the specific plans that the school their child attends has put in place and become familiar with the plan and adhering to it as much as possible is an important step. 

 

She also recommends talking to children about how they can expect the school year to be this year and to address concerns that their children may have as well.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #148

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 0.90 per cent. Thirty new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 474.

The data shows there were:
•    18 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    11 new cases in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region; and
•    one new case in the Winnipeg health region.

Case investigations are ongoing. When completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    10 current hospitalizations, with five individuals in intensive care;
•    118 active cases and 348 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is eight.

An additional 564 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 95,547.

Public health officials are advising that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on Air Canada flight AC 8595 from Montreal to Winnipeg (rows 16 to 22) on July 29.

Individuals in the affected seats on these flights are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.

Additional information about flights and affected rows is updated on the website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available. While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

New Bulldozer Purchased by Opaskwayak Cree nations Infrastructure Services

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Infrastructure Services has announced the purchase of a new bulldozer worth over 600,000 dollars.

 

This will replace the old machine that has been used on OCN for the past 15 years and the new bulldozer will be used for clearing lots for future development and landfill maintenance for easier access to drop off waste.

 

OCN Infrastructure Services wants to thank the chief and council for approving the purchase.

Rotary Club of The Pas Accepting Nominations for COVID 19 Hero

The Rotary Club of The Pas has put out a call for nominations for COVID Heroes.

 

You are invited to nominate someone in The Pas, OCN, or the RM of Kelsey that you feel has done a good job helping the community during the pandemic.

 

You can email your nomination to rotarycovidhero@gmail@.com you must include a reason for your nomination and how they have helped the community.

 

The deadline to submit nominations is midnight on August 28th.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #147

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 0.44 per cent.

 

Two new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 444. 

 
The data shows there were:
two new cases in the Winnipeg health region – a female in her 20s and a male in his 30s.
 
Case investigations are ongoing. When completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.
 
The data also shows:
nine current hospitalizations, with five individuals in intensive care;
94 active cases and 342 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is eight.
 
An additional 990 laboratory tests completed Tuesday bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 94,984.
 
Public health officials are advising that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on Air Canada flight AC 873 from Frankfurt, Germany, to Toronto (rows unknown) on July 26 and Air Canada flight AC 265 from Toronto to Winnipeg on July 26 (rows 22 to 28). 
 
Individuals on these flights are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.
 
Additional information about flights and affected rows is updated on the website at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html when available. 
 
While public health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop. 
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

COVID-19 BULLETIN #146

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 0.46 per cent. Twenty-seven new cases of the virus have been identified since Saturday including two on Saturday, 18 on Sunday, five on Monday and two as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 442.

The data shows there were:
•    10 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    two new cases in the Interlake–Eastern Health region;
•    12 new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud region; and
•    three new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

On Monday, one case was removed as it was a duplicate and from another jurisdiction.

Case investigations are ongoing. When completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.

The data also shows:
•    nine current hospitalizations, with four individuals in intensive care;
•    94 active cases and 341 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is eight.

An additional 1,803 laboratory tests were completed on Friday, 1,354 on Saturday, 1,090 on Sunday and 1,034 on Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 93,995.

Two temporary COVID-19 community testing drive-thru sites remain open this week in the Prairie Mountain Health region. In Killarney, the Tri-Lake Health Centre site at 86 Ellice Dr. is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., today through Thursday. Meanwhile, the drive-thru site at the Russell EMS Building located at 426 Alexandria Ave. South will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. For a full listing of testing sites across the province, including addresses and hours of operation, go online to www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba,visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

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