The Pas Local News Archives for 2020-09

COVID-19 BULLETIN #199

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.5 per cent and 37 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,711.

Public health officials are also reporting one death today, a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Parkview Place personal care home. This brings the total number of deaths to 19.

The data shows:
•    one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    four cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
•    two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
•    30 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    449 active cases and 1,243 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 11 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 19.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,616 tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 171,661. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Manitoba public health officials have advised Grant Park High School in Winnipeg of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school on Sept. 15, 16 and 17. Based on the public health investigations, the exposure was assessed to be low risk. The infection was not acquired at school.

In addition, the Carberry Plains Health Centre has reopened, and has been moved to Caution (yellow) from Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
•    People must stay home if sick.
•    Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
•    If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk.
•    Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

Unless recommended by public health officials, 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 public health officials have recommended testing.
 
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.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

Make Shift Happen Oscars Place Survey

The results of Make Shift Happens Oscars Place Homeless Shelter Survey have been finalized.

 

People were asked whether or not the Oscars Place Homeless Shelter Should Remain open or not and a majority of those surveyed where in favour of its closure.

 

It is believed by some that the shelter is not operating as intended as it has drawn visitors from outside the community and the town lacks programs and services that will deal with the issues faced by homeless people.

 

Most people surveyed believe that addictions are the main reason for homelessness in the community.

 

A solutions lab to discuss these findings will be held via zoom on October 6th at 7PM

 

You can find the Full Report on this survey on the make shift happen Facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #198

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent and 42 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,674. 

 
The data shows:
three case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
one case in Northern health region; 
six cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
30 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
418 active cases and 1,238 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 11 people in hospital and five people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 18. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 1,703 tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 170,045. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Manitoba public health officials have advised: 
Gladstone Elementary School of a confirmed case in the school on Sept. 8 to 10, and 14;
St. Maurice School of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school on Sept. 17 and 18; and
Emerson School was notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school on Sept. 16 and 17.
 
Based on the public health investigations, these exposures were assessed to be low risk. The infections were not acquired at school.
 
Public health is also advising of possible exposures to COVID-19 at the following sites on the dates and times: 
Earls St. Vital at 1215 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.;
The Local Public Eatery at 274 Garry St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 and 16;
Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub at 177 McDermot Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for trivia night; and
Leopold’s Tavern at 414 Academy Rd. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 
 
People who attended one of the above locations on the dates/times listed should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate if they develop and seek testing. 
 
In addition, the outbreak at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home has been declared over. The site has been moved from Critical (red) to Caution (yellow) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 
 
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
People must stay home if sick. 
Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. 
If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk. 
Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. 
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, 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 public health officials have recommended testing. 
 
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.
 

A New Leader Will Work to Transform Health in Northern Manitoba

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin or KIM Inc. a name that means "Northern Peoples Wellness" has announced the appointment of Dr. Barry Lavallee as CEO.

 

In place as Medical Advisor since May 2019, Dr. Lavallee provided much needed clinical and systems expertise at a time when Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak was taking significant steps towards the establishment of a new northern First Nations led health transformation entity.

 

KIM was established by the MKO Chiefs Task Force on Health during their Assembly on Health in January of 2020.                     

 

Chief Larson Anderson of Norway House Cree Nation and Chair of KIM’s Chiefs Task Force on Health stated this appointment solidifies our ambition to become leaders in Health Transformation for the north. We trust him to set in motion what we know is needed – First Nations community led health transformation.                       

 

 Dr. Barry Lavallee responded  by noting he is pleased to accept the opportunity to make a long-term positive impact on the health and well-being of First Nations citizens living in Northern Manitoba.

The Pas Fire Department Recruiting New Fire Fighters

The Pas Fire Department is looking for new volunteer fire fighters. Randy Manych the local fire chief said they are looking for anyone that is committed to helping the community and doesn’t mind responding to fire calls.

 

Volunteers will be trained for 8 hours a month and the fire department meets every week.

 

You can find an online application on townofthepas.ca and on The Pas Fire Departments Facebook Page.

Faye Thorne Receives Governor General's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers

Faye Thorne of The Pas has received the 2020 Governor General's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

 

The award recognizes Thorne’s 13 years of supporting veterans with the Salvation Army and the Royal Canadian Legion.

 

She first found out that she won the award a few months ago after getting a call from Rideau Hall.

 

When asked how she felt when she found out she won this major award she said was dumbfounded and just couldn't believe it.

 

She was presented with her medal by her son Owen at the Government House in Winnipeg.

2020 Smile Cookie Campaign Results

All proceeds of the is years local Tim Horton’s smile cookie campaign will be going towards The Clearwater Lake  Outdoor Club and a lot of funds were raised locally.

 

A total of $11,355 was raised and the staff at the OCN Tim Horton’s would like to thank everyone for their support.

August Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for august have been finalized.

 

The Pas had mostly mischief and disturbance of the peace cases and the RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations.

 

Some of the offences committed in cormorant include provincial statues, assaults, mischief cases.

Operation Red Nose Brandon, Flin Flon, Gimli, Portage La Prairie, Selkirk, Shilo, St-Malo, The Pas, Thompson, and Winnipeg will not operate the safe ride service for the 2020 Holiday Season

After careful consideration of the current public health situation and its
logistical impacts, the host organizations of Brandon, Flin Flon, Gimli, Portage La Prairie, Selkirk, Shilo, St-Malo, The Pas, Thompson, and Winnipeg have decided not to offer Operation Red Nose’s safe ride service this year.


Operation Red Nose invites you to always plan for a safe way to get home, in all circumstances, by calling a friend, a relative, a cab, or by designating a sober driver.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #196

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.8 per cent and 22 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,608. 

 
Public health officials are also reporting two deaths today, a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and a female in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region.  This brings the total number of deaths to 18.
 
The data shows:
one case in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
16 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
363 active cases and 1,227 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 8 people in hospital and two people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 18. 
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 1,626 tests were completed on Friday, 1,425 tests were completed on Saturday and 1,116 tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 166,998. 
 
Public health officials have sent a letter to parents about a possible exposure to COVID-19 at Collège Garden City Collegiate on Monday, Sept. 14, Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. The school is working closely with public health officials and following their recommendations. Based on the public health investigation, this exposure was assessed to be low risk. At this time, no close contacts in the classrooms have been identified at Garden City Collegiate. No one is required to self-isolate from this exposure. The school will remain open to students and staff, who can continue to attend school in person. The site is not being elevated on the Pandemic Response System, given the low risk and lack of close contacts.
 
Public health officials have sent a letter to parents about a possible exposure to COVID-19 in the school portable at Meadows School in Brandon on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Wednesday, Sept. 16. The school is working closely with public health officials and following their recommendations. This case was not acquired at school. Public health has recommended that all students and staff in the same room as the case be identified as close contacts and advised to self-isolate. This class has been transitioned to remote learning as of today. The school will remain open to all other students and staff, who can continue to attend school in person.
 
Public health is also advising of possible exposures to COVID-19 at the following sites on the dates and times: 
Planet Fitness at 783 Leila Ave. in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m.;
7 Arabian Dreams at 775 Corydon Ave. in Winnipeg on Friday, Sept. 18 from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20 from 12:45 to 1 a.m.; and
Winnipeg Transit, route #14 on Sept. 15 from Ellice Avenue and Spence Street at 11:10 a.m. to St. Mary Avenue at 11:30 a.m.
 
There has been a concerning increase in the number of cases in Winnipeg, with many cases having large numbers of close contacts. Recent success in the Prairie Mountain Health region shows that focusing on the fundamentals can reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 
 
People must stay home if sick. Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk. Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. 
 
Unless recommended by public health officials, 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 officials. 
 
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.

Priorities for a New Parliament Niki Ashton MP Report

With the Liberal Governments Throne Speech Set for this week our MP Niki Ashton outlined in her latest MP report that it’s important that we are part of the solution when it comes to containing the spread of COVID 19.

 

The case numbers in Manitoba have gone up and we have seen the first cases in First Nations Communities in our region and we must continue to make testing available.

 

She added that we also need to focus on rebuilding the economy and Ashton will continue to fight for our region once parliament resumes.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #193

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.7 per cent and 40 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,540. 

 
The data shows:
four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
four cases in Interlake–Eastern region;
three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
29 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
325 active cases and 1,199 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 11 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16. 
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,358 on Thursday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 161,473. 
 
There has been a concerning increase in the number of cases in Winnipeg. Recent success in Prairie Mountain Health shows that focusing on the fundamentals can reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents and visitors to Winnipeg focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 
 
As the weekend begins, it is imperative to stay home if you are sick, wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask. Be sure to avoid closed-in or crowded spaces, and close contact with those outside your household. 
 
Starting today, Donwood Group Elderly Persons Housing will be lowered to the COVID-19 Caution (Yellow) level according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This is in response to an improved situation at the facility. Visitor restrictions have been removed. 
 
The public is reminded that wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory when entering Prairie Mountain Health region health-care facilities. Public health officials continue to monitor all the regions with increased cases closely to determine if additional restrictions are necessary. 
 
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 officials. 
 
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 Board Meeting

The Kelsey School Division held a board meeting this past Monday.

 

The superintendent reported to the board that the reopening plans at the schools went really well and school administrations and staff had worked very hard to ensure that all guidelines were followed according to Manitoba education directives.

 

Chair Vaughn Wadelius says the school division also has safety plans in place to train students on COVID 19 safety measures while in school and they are also training substitute teachers and substitute support staff on the new school needs.

 

Vaughn thanked the parents of bus students for driving them to school as this allowed the division to plan the cohort groups for school buses to allow for social distancing.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #192

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.7 per cent and 11 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,500.

The data shows:
•    one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
•    eight cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    293 active cases and 1,191 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 10 people in hospital and two people in intensive care; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.

Preliminary investigation indicates that none of today’s Winnipeg cases are linked to John Pritchard School. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,403 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 160,109. As testing site locations may change in response to changes in testing volumes, Manitobans are reminded to refer to the list of current testing sites and hours of operation before leaving home. Information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.

Starting Friday, Sept. 18, the Prairie Mountain Health region will be lowered to the COVID-19 caution level (yellow), according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This is in response to an improved situation in the region.

Masks are strongly recommended but not required and public gatherings will be limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Public health officials continue to monitor all the regions with increased cases closely to determine if additional restrictions are necessary.

Public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household.

If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask. Wearing a reusable non-medical mask does not protect the person wearing the mask, but may help protect the people around them. For a mask to be effective, it must be worn properly or it will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Helpful guidance on wearing a mask can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.html#collapse3.

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 officials.

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.

RCMP Searching For Man Wanted in Grand Rapids Homicide

On July 5, 2020, at 6:45 am, RCMP received a report of a shooting at a residence located on River Road in the community of Grand Rapids.

Officers attended and located a 31-year-old male who was transported to the nursing station where he succumbed to his injuries.

His death was deemed a homicide.

 

On September 15, 2020, a warrant of arrest was issued for 22-year-old, Rodney Cain Mcnabb for Second Degree Murder. RCMP are actively looking for him and are asking for the public’s assistance.

 

He is described as 6’0”, approximately 165 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. It is believed that he is in the Winnipeg area.

 

He is considered a danger to the public.  If seen, do not approach, call police immediately.

 

If you have information on his whereabouts please call Grand Rapids RCMP at 204-639-2467 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

MLA Amanda Lathlins Private Members Bill for Young Sexual Assault Victims

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin spoke to Arctic Radio to discuss her private members bill that would help young sexual assault victims from the North to access the examination process locally.

 

When a child is sexually abuse the examination process does not happen here in Northern Manitoba and they have to be transported to Winnipeg which could further add to the victim’s trauma.

 

The private members bill will try to fix this problem. Lathlin is expected to present her private members bill next month and the hope is that the support for the bill will be unanimous.

The Pas Association for Human Development Annual General Meeting

The Pas Association for Human Development is having their annual general meeting this coming Monday at 7PM.

 

The meeting will take place at 108 Edwards Avenue and COViD 19 protocols will be in place.

 

If you wish to attend you are asked to email tpahd@mymts.net before 9AM on Monday. Only a certain number of people can attend.

 

The organization is dedicated to providing services and supports for people with disabilities.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #191

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.5 per cent and 23 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,489. 

 
The data shows:
two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
one case in the Northern health region; and
20 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
283 active cases and 1,190 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are nine people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16. 
 
Preliminary investigations indicate the two Interlake—Eastern cases are close contracts of a known case. Northern and Winnipeg case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,266 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 158,706. As testing site locations may change in response to changes in testing volumes, Manitobans are reminded to refer to the list of current testing sites and hours of operation before leaving home. Information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.
 
Public Health has advised John Pritchard School of six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 connected to the school. This brings the total number of cases to seven. The school was advised by Public Health the following grades/cohorts transition to remote learning today, Sept. 16:  Grade 4/5 split, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 and Henderson Early Learning Centre (before and after school program). All other grade/cohorts remain at the school for in-class learning. 
 
The school community has been notified. Additional cleaning of high-touch areas was completed. The public health investigation continues to determine virus transmission. Any close contacts connected to the cases have been identified, contacted and advised to self-isolate. Others who were at the site do not need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. John Pritchard School has moved to Restricted (orange) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, given the number cases and contacts involved. 
 
Public Health is advising of possible public health exposures to COVID-19 in Winnipeg related to a previously announced case:
on Sept. 5: 
        - Tavern United, 1405 St. Matthew Ave.;
        - U Putz, 423 McPhillips St.,;
        - McPhillips Street Station, 484 McPhillips St.; and
        - Hampton Inn by Hilton Winnipeg, Airport/Polo Park, 730 Berry St. 
on Sept 6., 
        - CF Polo Park, 1485 Portage Ave. 
 
 
Public Health is advising of a possible exposure at Parkview Place Long Term Care Home located at 440 Edmonton St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 11 and 12 involving a health-care worker at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority care home. This information has been shared with families and staff. Investigation is ongoing. 
 
While the risk is assessed to be low, Parkview Place has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution and put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff, and are restricting visitation. The facility has moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Public Health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically 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 officials. 
 
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.
 

Amanda Lathlin on Northern Manitoba Travel Ban Enforcement

Our Local MLA Amanda Lathlin had the opportunity to speak with Doctor Brent Roussin about protecting people in our North and addressed the lack of enforcement of the Northern Manitoba travel restriction put in place to stop the spread of COVID 19.

 

Lathlin would like to see public health officers and the RCMP conduct  proper check stops for people entering the region to determine if they are residents of the north as Northern Manitobans are allowed to travel south and she wants people in the south especially in COVID hotspots like Winnipeg and Brandon to refrain from traveling to the North.

 

Lathlin added there is nothing on the highways to indicate that there is a travel restriction even though it’s a public health order.  

The Pas Family Resource Centre Annual General Meeting

The Pas Family Resource Centre held their annual general meeting at the Metis Hall on Monday evening.

 

The program is committed to supporting and strengthening families in The Pas and area and new programs were announced at the meeting, some of these new programs include “Healthy Teen Relations” a program with a focus on violence prevention in teen relationships, and “Youth Knowledge Circle” with a goal of increasing the presence of healthy and knowledgeable youth.

“Cedar Path” a mental health program for indigenous youth and a COVID 19 program that will address needs for the indigenous population.

 

The resources centre has made appropriate steps to the new normal as best they can to best serve their participants during the pandemic.

 

You can keep up to date with The Pas family Resource Centre by following their facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #190

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent and 17 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,466. 

 
The data shows:
one case in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
one case in Prairie Mountain Health region;
two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
13 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
269 active cases and 1,181 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 12 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
One case identified today is a health-care worker connected to the outbreak at Bethesda Place. There are now 14 cases – eight staff and six residents. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,447 on Monday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 157,440. As testing sites respond to testing volumes, some sites that were previously open are now closed. The up-to-date list of open testing sites and hours of operation can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.
 
Public health is advising the following possible exposures: 
  • St. Aidan’s Christian School located at 400 Hargrave St. in Winnipeg on Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11. The individual was asymptomatic and followed all public health measures that were put in place at the school. The public health investigation indicates the infection was not acquired at school. The school community has been notified. Additional cleaning of high-touch areas is being undertaken out of an abundance of caution. Any close contacts connected to the case have been identified, contacted and advised to self-isolate. Others who were at the site do not need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. The site is not being elevated on the Pandemic Response System, given the limited number of contacts identified. 
  • Actionmarguerite located at 185 Despins St. in Winnipeg on Thursday, Sept. 10 involving a health-care worker at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority care home. This information has been shared with families and staff. Investigation is ongoing. While the risk is assessed to be low, Actionmarguerite has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution and put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff, and are restricting visitation. The facility has moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Case investigations indicate a previously identified case in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is linked to the Health and Transition Services unit at St. Amant’s 440 River Rd. location in Winnipeg. Information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and case investigations are continuing. While the risk is assessed to be low, the site has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution. The location has also put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff. St. Amant has moved to Critical (Red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically 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 officials. 
 
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.

The Pas RCMP seize drugs and cash

On September 9, 2020, officers from The Pas RCMP executed search warrants at two separate residences located in the community and seized over $2,000.00 in Canadian currency, 412 grams of cocaine, 225 grams of marihuana, 327 illicit pills and other drug related paraphernalia in response to a drug trafficking investigation.

 

Officers arrested a 57-year-old male and a 40-year-old female, both from The Pas, in relation to this investigation with the two having been later released for court scheduled November 10, 2020, in The Pas.
 

RCMP have also issued a Warrant of Arrest for 35-year-old Joshua Duff, of Winnipeg, who along with the other two, is charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
 

The investigation continues.

Fur Queen Candidates Applications

Applications for the 2021Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival fur queen candidates are now open. Woman aged 18 to 24 can apply and you can apply by calling 204-620-2373.

 

Applications must be submitted by October 3rd.

Manitoba Liberals Accuse PC's of Using Untendered Contract to "Kill" off Life flight

In a news release issued yesterday the Manitoba Liberals showed their disapproval for the PC’s decision to privatize the Lifeflight air ambulance a 35 year old air ambulance that served northern communities including The Pas and Thompson.

 

Manitoba Liberal leader Dougald Lamont stated in a news release that The Pallister government has taken an essential emergency service and used an untendered contract to hand it to a private not for profit whose rep is a former PC minister despite their repeated promises that they would not privatize the service.

 

Liberal Health Critic Jon Gerrard says the PC’s decision to use slower planes that can’t fly above bad weather has added hours to round trip flights to remote communities which means that it would take longer to get patients to an ER or ICU.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #189

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent and 21 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,449. 

 
The data shows:
one case in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
17 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Following detailed public health investigations, one case announced on Sunday has been reassigned to the Winnipeg health region from the Northern health region. This change is reflected in the data posted online. 
 
The data also shows:
257 active cases and 1,176 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 12 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 1,514 were complete Friday, 1,433 were completed Saturday and 1,049 tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 155,803.
 
Public health officials are advising of a possible exposure at Beaverlodge School at 6691 Rannock Ave. in Winnipeg on Thursday, Sept. 10 (morning and afternoon). The individual was asymptomatic and followed all public health measures that were put in place at the school. The public health investigation indicates the infection was not acquired at school. The school community and the cohort have been notified. Additional cleaning of high-touch areas is being undertaken out of an abundance of caution.
 
Any close contacts connected to the case have been identified, contacted and advised to self-isolate. Others who were at the site do not need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. The site is not being elevated on the Pandemic Response System, given the limited number of contacts identified. 
  
Public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically 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 officials. 
 
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 FURTHER EXPANDS BACK TO WORK WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAM

The Manitoba government has expanded its Back to Work in Manitoba Wage Subsidy Program as part of its continued commitment to safely restarting the provincial economy, Premier Brian Pallister and Economic Development and Training Minister Ralph Eichler announced today.

“The Back to Work wage subsidy is benefiting hundreds of Manitoba businesses that are bringing back employees who were laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic, and hiring more staff to boost their operations and provide valued services to Manitobans,” said Pallister. “Manitoba has designed some of Canada’s strongest support programs to help relieve small businesses of unexpected financial burdens and flexibly address each employer’s specific needs so they can redirect labour savings to resources they need to safely reopen.”

Through the Back to Work initiative, private-sector and non-profit employers can receive up to $100,000 to subsidize 20 employees (up to $5,000 per employee) hired since July 16.

Today, the province extended the program by two months until Dec. 31 and announced employers are now able to rehire students previously hired through the Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program, Canada Summer Job Program and Green Team Program. The province confirmed new start-up companies are eligible, providing they have a business number.

“Extending the program through the calendar year will support seasonal winter businesses and allow existing employers to use the program for a greater length of time into the holiday season,” said Eichler. “Youth employment remains a focus of our government, and we want to give employers the flexibility to rehire summer students, which increases job creation and benefits post-secondary students and businesses alike.”

To date, the Back to Work Manitoba Initiative has received more than 800 applications from employers for 4,500 positions and $22.6 million in supports. Some of the top participating sectors include retail trade (16 per cent), agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12 per cent), and accommodation and food services (eight per cent).

The premier and minister highlighted the province’s ongoing business outreach throughout the pandemic, such as regular calls with key business stakeholders, including the restaurant and food services industry, to hear their challenges and input to shape provincial response plans.

The Manitoba government has authorized expenditures of $714 million in 2020-21 to support businesses and not-for-profit organizations through supports such as conditional non-repayable loans and working capital, targeted wage subsidies, rent supports, deferred fees and interest, rebates, infrastructure spending as well as non-financial support.

Programs include the $120-million Manitoba Gap Protection Program, which provides a one-time $6,000 non-interest-bearing forgivable loan to eligible Manitoba small and medium-sized businesses; $120 million for the Back to Work This Summer Initiative and Summer Student Recovery Jobs Program; and $350 million for infrastructure construction projects as part of the two-year, $500-million Manitoba Restart Capital Program.

Recent labour force statistics that show nearly 70 per cent of Manitobans who lost their jobs in March and April have been rehired, and Pallister and Eichler confirmed the province’s commitment to get even more employees back to work.

The Back to Work Manitoba Wage Subsidy application deadline is now Dec. 1. Employers will be required to provide proof of payment of wages by Feb. 1, 2021. Program details and the application form are available online at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/btwmp.html.

Member of Parliament Niki Ashton says Government Needs to be Held Accountable

Ashton accuses the Prime Minister of proroguing Parliament in an attempt to deflect being held accountable in the current Parliament referring particularly to the WE scandal. 

 

She says it is absolutely critical for MPs to make parliament work adding with all the need to focus on the recovery from the impact of the pandemic they need to be making a difference for Canadian people and that includes not having an unnecessary election.

 

Ashton notes the role of the Opposition is to hold the government accountable and put forward proposals such as a paid sick leave and improved supports for Canadians. She concludes as they head into the new Parliament their message will focus on the need for accountability and on solutions during this historic challenging time.

The Pas Family Resource Centre Annual General Meeting

The Pas Family Resource Centres annual general meeting will be held tonight at 7PM at the Metis Hall.

 

If you wish to attend you are required to register by 4 o clock this afternoon, you can sign up by emailing tpfrc@mymts.net

 

Masks must be worn and hands must be sanitized.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #185

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent and 15 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,393.


The data shows:
•    four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    three cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    eight cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    287 active cases and 1,090 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 12 people in hospital and four people in intensive care; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.

Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 1,457 tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 151,807.

The Keystone Center Specimen Collection Site in Brandon will close permanently after Sept. 12.  Those seeking testing are advised to visit the Brandon Town Center site. For all testing site locations visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.

Winnipeg community area data is now available at Manitoba.ca/COVID19. The city is divided into 12 community areas and, like the health districts, data regarding active and recovered cases, deaths and total cases is available. This information serves to inform the public and guide decision-making.

Public health officials are advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 that may have occurred on Sept. 1 at the GRMC Vision Centre, 20-144 6th St., Brandon, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The exposure risk is low, but those who visited this location at this time are asked to monitor for symptoms.

Public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you’re sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physically 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 officials.

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.

RCMP Seeking Public's Assistance With Fraud Investigation

The Manitoba RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in gaining more information on the movements of three suspects arrested last month in Norway House.

On August 6, 2020, at approximately 8:35 pm, Norway House RCMP responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle that had gone through the COVID-19 checkpoint in the community. It was reported that the occupants did not seem to know where they were going and had refused to answer multiple questions. Officers located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. A subsequent investigation led to a search of the vehicle, and officers seized over 70 counterfeit IDs, a large amount of cash, multiple cellphones and pepper spray.

Beni Gileza, 23 and Sekou Toure, 19, both of Chateauguay, Quebec and Wesnerlens Jordonne, 22 of Mercier, Quebec, were arrested and face multiple charges related to identify theft, fraud and possession of property obtained by crime.

Officers continue to work diligently on this complex and comprehensive file and are attempting to obtain more information on the movements of these three males.

The Manitoba RCMP is releasing photos of the three accused along with a stock photo of the SUV they were using in Manitoba, to try and obtain further information on their movements between August 5 and August 6.

The three males arrived by plane from Montreal to Winnipeg on August 5. They rented a white Nissan Kicks SUV with Manitoba licence plate KGS 345. RCMP believe that the suspects travelled to Swan River, Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, Moose Lake, The Pas, and Norway House.

The suspects attended several businesses along the way, and fraudulently obtained Visa prepaid cards using false Quebec Identification along with other forms of false identification.

It should also be noted that there is some evidence to suggest that Beni Gileza may have been in the Selkirk area during the month of January 2020.

If you had contact with these three men or have any information on their activities please report it to your local police or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Callinex Mines Has Announced Two High Grade Discoveries Near Flin Flon

Callinex Mines has announced the Rainbow discovery.  It comprises two high grade copper, gold, silver and zinc lenses at their Pine Bay Project 16 kilometers away from Flin Flon. 

 

The Rainbow discovery intersected 2.96 meters of 3.09 percent copper. 0.75 grams per tonne gold, 13.35 grams per tonne silver, 1.88 percent zinc and a second interval of 4.31 meters of 4.12 percent copper, 0.22 grams per tonne gold, 2.21 grams per tonne silver and 0.06 percent zinc.

 

President Max Porterfield says the two high grade lenses discovered with subsequent borehole survey results suggest they are at the early stages of a substantial discovery in Manitoba. 

 

He added the community of Flin Flon has been through a storm with a great deal of uncertainty about its future with the impending shut down of the Triple Seven Mine and they believe the Rainbow discovery has the potential to provide a bright future for Flin Flon and their shareholders.

Breast Cancer Screening Clinic on OCN

Cancer Care Manitoba will be offering breast cancer screening clinics at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre on September 17th and 18th.

 

The dates are subject to change and there are limited appointment spots available.

 

Call 204-627-7410 to book an appointment.

The Premier says The Government Has Made Life More Affordable for Manitobans

Premier Brian Pallister has reported Manitoba households are saving on average 812 dollars this year.  He says it’s because of measures taken by the provincial government in Budget 2020 and its COVID-19 response. 

 

He stated all of these measures and dozens of others have helped save Manitobans more than 400 million dollars this year which is an average of 812 dollars per Manitoba household.  He adds when you combine this with all the work they’ve done since 2016 including the PST reduction of one percent they have saved the average Manitoba household more than 13 hundred dollars annually.

 

Along with the 2020 budget it factors in COVID-19 measures such as the Seniors Economic Recovery Credit, Risk Recognition Program, Manitoba Public Insurance Rebates, Disability Economic Support Program and the Manitoba Bursary Program.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #184

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.2 per cent and 15 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. However, a case was removed as it was determined to be from out of province and a second case was removed due to duplication. This brings the total net new cases today to 13 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,378. 

 
The data shows:
two cases in Interlake–Eastern Health region;
two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
two case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
nine cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
360 active cases and 1,002 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 11 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that several of today’s cases are close contacts of known cases. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 1,173 tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 150,350.
 
Wearing a non-medical mask became mandatory for children aged nine and older attending child-care facilities, including home-based child care, as of Sept. 8.  Child-care providers are also required to wear masks. More information and guidance for the early learning and child-care sector is available at www.gov.mb.ca/fs/covid-circulars.html
 
Public health officials are advising of two potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred:
Sept. 1 to 3 at Lilac Resort (Trans-Canada Highway, Ste. Anne); and 
Sept. 5, Air Canada flight AC 295 departing from Winnipeg to Vancouver (rows 19 to 25).
 
The risk is low and times of exposures are listed at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
 
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.
 
The Keystone Centre Specimen Collection Site in Brandon will close permanently after Sept. 12. Those seeking testing are advised to visit the Brandon Town Centre site. For all testing site locations visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html
 
As students, teachers and staff return to school this week, public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically 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 officials. 
 
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.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Trent Swanson of The Pas

In August, Canada Border Services Agency, contacted The Pas RCMP, after intercepting a firearm silencer being smuggled into Canada.

 

The RCMP investigation led to two search warrants being executed on September 1 and 2, at a residence on Reader Street in The Pas.
 
The two searches resulted in the seizure of evidence to indicate that the manufacturing of firearms and silencers was being conducted. RCMP officers seized;
• Two handguns
• Two long guns
• Eight suppressors/silencers
• Two 3D Printers
• Ammunition
• Parts intended for the manufacture of firearms
Patsy Shawaga, 49, of The Pas, has been arrested and charged with Firearms Manufacturing x 2, Unauthorized Importation of a Firearm Silencer, Possession of a loaded Restricted or Prohibited Firearm and Possession of a Firearm when Unauthorized.
A warrant has been issued for Trent Swanson, 49, of The Pas, in relation to this investigation. He is wanted on charges of;
• Firearms Manufacturing x2
• Manufacturing a Firearm silencer
• Unauthorized Importation of a Firearm Silencer
• Possession of a Firearm knowing its Possession is Unauthorized x2
• Unauthorized Possession of a loaded handgun x2
• Possession of a handgun contrary to court order x2
The manufacturing of firearms without the appropriate business licence is illegal. Importation and possession of firearm silencers, including those marketed as ‘solvent traps’, is illegal.
 
If you have information on the whereabouts of Trent Swanson, please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com

Calm Air COVID 19 Boarding Requirements

Calm Air is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Passengers will have their temperatures checked and answer a few questions on a health check.

 

Passengers will not be allowed to board if they refuse to answer the health check questions, if they don’t have a removable mask, if they have a fever, or if they refuse to comply with Calm Air personnel.

 

Providing false or misleading answers to questions could result in a fine of up to $5,000.

Federal Assault Rifle Ban Clarification

With fall being the hunting season more people will be out in the woods with their firearms. Now that there is a ban on military style assault rifles in Canada, Arctic Radio Reached out to the Minister of Public Safety to clear up any misunderstandings, that legal firearm owners might have.

 

A statement from a spokesperson for the Minister of Public Safety said they respect legal firearms owners and acknowledged that they are responsible people.

 

The newly prohibited firearms are designed for soldiers in combat and not for hunting or sport shooting. 

 

A category of prohibited firearms are those with a bore diameter of 20 millimetres or more leading to speculation that 10 and 12 gauge shotguns would be prohibited. The spokesperson clarified in the statement that 10 and 12 gauges shotguns will not be prohibited as the standard bore diameter for these two gauges is less than 20 millimetres.

 

The prohibition of military assault rifles was done with extensive consultation between October 2018 and spring of 2019 with eight in person roundtable discussions across the country in both urban and rural communities.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #182

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.3 per cent and 16 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1,365.

 
The data shows:
one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
one case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
14 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
404 active cases and 945 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 12 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that several of today’s Winnipeg cases are close contacts of known cases and are not linked to any current outbreaks. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 653 tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 149,188.
 
Public Health is advising of a possible exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on Sept 2. to 5 at the Tim Horton’s located at 3296 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg. Times of exposures are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
 
The Keystone Centre Specimen Collection Site in Brandon will close permanently after Sept. 12. Those seeking testing are advised to visit the Brandon Town Centre site. For all testing site locations visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.
 
As students, teachers and staff return to school this week, public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically 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 officials. 
 
The online assessment tool can be found at 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.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Announces Clean Yard Contest

The deadline for Opaskwayak Cree Nation members to enter the clean yard contest is the afternoon at 4.

 

There are a total of 20 cash prizes up for grabs and yards located on OCN are eligible. The judging will be held tomorrow from 9AM until 4PM and the winners will be announced on Friday at 2PM

 

To register call 204-627-7056 or 204-978-0211

COVID-19 BULLETIN #181

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.3 per cent and 11 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1,349.

 
The data shows:
one case in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
eight cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
393 active cases and 940 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 13 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 1,219 tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 148,537.
 
As students, teachers and staff return to school this week, public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you are sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically 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 officials. 
 
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.

Sam Wallar Museum Not Allowing Visitors from South of 53rd Parallel

With Travel Restrictions to Northern Manitoba being reinstated the Sam Wallar Museum is taking precautions.

 

They will not be allowing people that live south of the 53rd parallel or from outside the province to visit until further notice.

 

The will be closing the Rotary Room, and Discovery Centre and tape will be displayed to indicate where to stand to allow for physical distancing.

 

More Information can be found on the Museums Facebook Page.

Leaf Rapids Homicide

On the morning of September 2nd RCMP responded to a stabbing in Leaf Rapids.

 

The police located an unresponsive 23 year old man in the residence; and he was later taken to the hospital where he succumb to his injuries.

 

The RCMP arrested a woman in connection to the incident.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #179

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.2 per cent and 29 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1,323.

 

The data shows:

• one case in the Interlake-Eastern health region;

• one case in the Northern health region;

• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• 17 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

 

The data also shows:

• 409 active cases and 898 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 

• there are 13 people in hospital and two people in intensive care, and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.

 

Preliminary case investigations indicate that seven of the cases are related to close contacts and one is travel related. The source of infection could not be identified for four cases. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

Case investigations indicate a previously identified case in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is linked to an assisted living facility located next to the Donwood Manor personal care home. Information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and case investigations are continuing. 

While the risk is assessed to be low, Donwood Manor has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution. The location has put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff. Donwood Manor has moved to Restricted (orange) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,256 tests were completed on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 145,468.

 

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 physically distance, wear a mask. 

 

If you choose to travel, remember to be ‘COVID-Careful’ by gassing up at home and ensuring all supplies are packed with you, so extra stops do not need to made along the way.

 

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 officials. 

 

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 BULLETIN #178

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent and 21 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1,294.

 

The data shows:

• three cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;

• four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• 10 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

 

The data also shows:

• 426 active cases and 852 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 

• there are 13 people in hospital and two people in intensive care, and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.

 

Preliminary investigations indicate that eight of the cases are related to close contacts. Investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

 

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,494 tests were completed on Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 144,212.

 

Case investigations indicate a previously identified case in a health-care worker in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is linked to the Concordia Place personal care home. This information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and the case investigations are continuing. 

 

While the risk is assessed to be low, Concordia Place has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution. The location has put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff, and are restricting visitation. Concordia Place has moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

 

The Manitoba government has released theWear It Well animated video to help teach younger children on how to wear a non-medical mask and take steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19. View the video at www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/index.html#public.

 

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 physically distance, wear a mask. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID-Careful’ by gassing up at home and ensuring all supplies are packed with you, so extra stops do not need to made along the way.

 

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.

Masks Mandatory for Customers Attending all Manitoba Public Insurance Offices

Masks will be mandatory for all customers attending a Manitoba Public Insurance location, effective Wednesday, September 9.

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, MPI has been committed to following the advice and direction of the provincial public health authority by putting procedures in place to best protect the health and safety of MPI employees and customers.

 

Customers will be required to bring and wear a face covering/mask when attending any MPI location, including all service centres, claim centres, and MPI’s Physical Damage Centre.

 

Please note the following:

  • Signs will be posted at all entrances to inform customers of this requirement.
  • In the interests of protecting the health and safety of employees and other customers, any customer who refuses to wear a mask will be asked to leave.
  • It is also encouraged that only one family member per household to enter, unless otherwise required for business.

 

This new mask requirement does not replace the physical distancing guidelines that are already in place. Per public health direction, a distance of two meters (six feet) should be kept between people whenever possible. Customer-facing MPI employees interacting with the public will also be required to wear a mask.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #177

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent and nine new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1,273.

 
The data shows:
one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
two cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
six cases in the Winnipeg Health region.
 
The data also shows:
422 active cases and 835 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 16.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate the two cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud are not connected to Bethesda Place. Investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,737 tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 142,718.
 
Today, the Manitoba government released the Wear It Well animated video. This resource, for parents, teachers and early childhood educators, will help teach younger children how to wear a non-medical mask and take steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The video was produced in Manitoba with local animators. The video can be viewed at: www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/index.html#public.
 
With the increased number of cases in southern Manitoba, public health is re-implementing travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective today. In addition to the orders, all travellers are asked to respect any restrictions that First Nation communities have in place, as these communities are working with the advice of public health officials to ensure the health and safety of their residents. There are exceptions for travelling directly to a campground or lodge. If you are travelling to the north, you are required to limit any stops to just the necessities outside of your camping or lodge destination. For more details visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html#mb-north.
 
Ahead of the long weekend, 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 physically distance, wear a mask. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID-Careful’ by gassing up at home and ensuring all supplies are packed with you, so extra stops do not need to made along the way.
 
Some testing site hours of operation have changed for the holiday weekend. Visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html for the most up to date information. 
 
Due to the holiday Monday, the next news conference will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, unless otherwise indicated. 
 
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.
 

Northern Manitoba Travel Restrictions Come Into Effect

With the large number of COVID 19 cases in Southern Manitoba Travel Restrictions to Northern Manitoba are now in effect.

 

Arctic Radio reached out to Dr. Brent Roussin and when asked if Northern Manitobans that visit Southern Manitoba or another area of the travel bubble are required to self isolate upon returning home to Northern Manitoba Rousin responded by saying no. He added that Northern Travel Restrictions have never impacted the travel within Northern Manitoba nor has it affected the travel of Northern residents outside the North. 

 

You can find out more about the Travel restriction and the exceptions to the restriction by watching yesterday's COVID 19 press conference on the Manitoba Government You Tube Channel.

 

or by visiting:

https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/protection/soe.html

Fatal House Fire in Cross Lake

The RCMP responded to a House Fire that happened in Cross Lake Early Yesterday morning.

 

The police responded to the report at around 3:55 and the building was completely engulfed in flames.

 

The fire department managed to put out the blaze and it was discovered that there were four adults in the home at the time and only two of them survived.

Manitobans Still Exhibit Art Despite the Global Pandemic

Despite the global pandemic, the online world will have the opportunity to take in the best contemporary visual art from across Manitoba this September. This year’s Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show will feature 56 artists from the Central, Eastman, Interlake, Northern, Parkland, and Westman areas of the province, but, unlike previous years, will be hosted entirely online.

The Manitoba Rural and Northern Juried Art Show stems from the desire to bring artists and their art together across geographic and cultural boundaries. Artworks cover a diverse range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media and textiles. Highlighting the work of artists across Manitoba, this year’s exhibition will replace Manitoba Art Network’s cancelled Manitoba Showcase 2020. Audiences will now have access to view the artwork online and purchase works 24/7 with an entirely new and innovative program to Manitoba Artwork’s 2020 programming that will reach a larger audience.

"We have a great arts scene here in Winnipeg,” says exhibit coordinator Nicole Shimonek, “but how often do we get to see any of the great art being produced in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg?” Shimonek continues, “We at Manitoba Arts Network are thrilled to be able to bridge that gap.”

From September 3rd through to October 20th the public will be invited to vote for artworks in the exhibition. The Zoom launch party will be held on October 22nd, the original date of the Showcase 2020 Opening Reception. Manitoba Arts Network will announce the voter’s choice awards based on how many votes were received via public voting through the site.

Join Manitoba Arts Network for this year’s Manitoba Rural Northern Juried Art Show at https://artgallery.manitobaartsnetwork.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #176

Public health officials advise a 15th and 16th death related to COVID-19 have been reported in the Southern Health–Santé Sud region. The individuals are two females, one in her 80s and one in her 90s. Both cases are from the Steinbach health district and were previously announced cases connected to a known outbreak at Bethesda Place. 

 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.3 per cent and 20 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 1,264.
 
The data shows:
six cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
one case in Interlake-Eastern health region; and
13 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
457 active cases and 791 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 
there are 12 people in hospital and one person in intensive care, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that almost half of today’s Winnipeg regional cases are close contacts to known cases. Investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,339 tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 140,982.
 
Public health advises of a potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred Aug. 19 to 21 at the ABC Taxi Cabs and Limousine Service at 144 12th St. in Brandon. Times of exposures are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
 
With the increased number of cases in southern Manitoba, public health is re-implementing travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4. In addition to the orders, all travellers are asked to respect any restrictions that First Nation communities have in place, as these communities are working with the advice of public health officials to ensure the health and safety of their residents. There are exceptions for travelling directly to a campground or lodge. If you are travelling to the north, you are required to limit any stops to just the necessities outside of your camping or lodge destination. Details of the orders will be posted shortly.
 
Ahead of the long weekend, 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 physically distance, wear a mask. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID-Careful’ by gassing up at home and ensuring all supplies are packed with you, so extra stops do not need to made along the way. 
 
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.
 

25 Million Dollar Fund Being Provided to Independent News and Community Radio Broadcasters During the Pandemic

In response to a report conducted by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters that independent radio and television stations could close due to financial difficulties brought on by the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Arctic Radio reached out to the CRTC and received a statement from Steven Guilbeault GILL-BO the minister of Canadian heritage on the subject.

 

He says Canadian broadcasters have been working around the clock to deliver news and information and they recognize the essential role they play to keep communities informed which is why they have acted to provide independent news and community radio broadcasters a 25 million dollar emergency fund to assist them with COVID 19 related financial troubles.

 

He added that they believe that a stronger more competitive broadcasting system is essential to protect communities and promote economic growth.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #175

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.8 per cent and 13 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. However, a case previously identified on Aug. 30 was removed as it was determined to be from out of province. This brings the total net new cases today to 12 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,244.

 
The data shows:
eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
one case in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
four cases in the Winnipeg Health region.
 
The data also shows:
454 active cases and 776 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 
hospitalization information is delayed due to a technical issue and will be updated as soon as possible,
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.
 
Investigations continue and an update on clusters and outbreaks will be provided Thursday. If a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,584 tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 139,643.
 
Case investigations indicate two previously identified cases in health-care workers in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority are linked to recent outbreaks – one at Fred Douglas Lodge and one at Beacon Hill Lodge Long Term Care Home. This information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and the case investigations are continuing. 
 
While the risk is assessed to be low, the Fred Douglas and Beacon Hill facilities have initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution. Both locations have put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff, and are restricting visitation. Both facilities have moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Public health advises of two potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first on Aug. 21 to 23 at the Canoe Taphouse at 130 Wasagaming Dr. in Wasagaming. The second on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Buffalo Bar and Ten Restaurant at the Elkhorn Resort Spa and Conference Centre in Onanole. Times of exposures are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
 
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.

MKO Residential Schools

With the announcement from Ottawa that the residential school system will be recognized as a national event, MKO says it welcomes the designation.

 

Grand Chief Garrison Settee says residential schools are a painful legacy for Indigenous people in Canada, and that MKO acknowledges the pain these schools have caused for many of its citizens.

 

Settee explains the announcement of designating two former residential schools, including the Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School in Manitoba, as historical sites should help newcomers and Canadian citizens of all ages and backgrounds to learn about the impacts residential schools have had in the country.

 

He goes on to say that more work has to be done to help those affected heal from the intergenerational effects of the residential school system, and MKO is pleased that the federal government is committed carrying out the calls to actions developed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Cancer Care Manitoba Screening Clinics

Cancer Care Manitoba will be having a breast check mobile screening clinic at The Pas Health Complex from September 9th until the 16th.

 

Its recommended that woman aged 50 to 74 have a mammogram every 2 years.

To book an appointment call 1-855-95 CHECK

 

Visit cancercare.mb.ca for more information.

Seniors Home Recreational Programs to Benefit from 100 Grand in Your Hand Funds

Arctic Radio and CJAR have been able to donate $1000 to local senior’s homes recreational programs this past month with the help of the 100 grand in your hand contest.

 

Through the contest, sponsorship was collected to support the quality of life for local seniors during this difficult time.

Niki Ashton MP Report COVID 19 is Not Going Away

Our MP Niki Ashton’s took time to praise Northern Manitobans for doing their part to limit the number of COVID 19 cases in our region in her latest MP report.

 

Ashton says it’s clear that COVID 19 is back with a vengeance as the South has seen an increase in cases but it was encouraging to hear the travel restrictions to the North have been implemented once again and was pleased that public health officials have been urging people to follow the restrictions put in place by Northern Communities.

 

Ashton wants to emphasize that COVID 19 is going to be with us for a long time and as our MP she will continue to speak out to ensure that the right policies and supports are in place to limit the pandemics impact on our region.

 

Ashton will continue to support those that have been impacted by the pandemic adding she has put pressure on the federal government to put in place support that fishers need.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #174

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent and 18 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 1,232.

 
The data shows:
seven new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
two new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
nine cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
459 active cases and 759 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
hospitalization information is delayed due to a technical issue and will be updated as soon as possible;
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that two cases announced today from Prairie Mountain Health are residents at the Assiniboine Centre at the Brandon regional Health Centre. This brings the total number of cases associated with the centre to three patients and two health-care workers. Additional case investigations are continuing.
 
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 569 tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 138,060.
 
As students prepare to return to school, masks will be required on all school buses as passengers may be in close proximity for extended periods of time with no ability to physically distance from each other. This is a change from the previous requirement which only applied to Grade 4 and above. The new rule includes drivers, students and any other passengers on the bus. 
 
Starting today, all visitors arriving at health-care facilities are required to wear a non-medical mask. This 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.
 
Public health advises of two potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first is at Warlock Tattoo, located at 2324 Park Ave. in Brandon. The second exposure is at the East Side Mario’s at 1570 18th St. in Brandon. Dates and times are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
 
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.

Opasquia Trails Fundraiser Barbeque

Last weekend, a fundraiser barbeque was held at Northland Ford for Opasquia Trails for their Grace Lake Board walk project.

 

The total amount of funds raised has not been determined as of news time but over 79 people attended.

 

The Opasquia Trails board of directors would like to thank everyone that came to learn about the project.

Northern MB Travel Restrictions

The province is bringing back travel restrictions to Northern Manitoba due to the increasing number of cases in the south.

 

The travel restrictions will take effect this Thursday.

 

In addition to these restrictions, all Manitobans are asked to respect any restrictions that First Nation communities have in place.

 

MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee commended Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Brent Roussin for working closely with northern First Nations to protect citizens from COVID-19.

 

Settee goes on to thank Roussin and the province for listening to First Nations Leadership and putting these measures in place.

 

The orders prohibiting travel to northern Manitoba will have exceptions, and MKO says it will share more information about the details of the order once they become available.

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