The Pas Local News Archives for 2020-11

COVID-19 BULLETIN #268

Public health officials advise 14 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place; 
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the Fairview Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge; and
• a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.5 per cent provincially and 14.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 344 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 15,632.

Today’s data shows:
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 73 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 65 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 178 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,865 active cases and 6,487 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 322 people in hospital with 45 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 280.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,110 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 345,708. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Misericordia Health Centre on its Transitional Care Unit C6 in Winnipeg, the Grace Hospital Unit 4 South in Winnipeg and the Kin Place Personal Care Home in Oakbank. These sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreaks declared at Collège Louis-Riel, Collège Leo Remillard and the Convalescent Home all in Winnipeg have been declared over.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

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

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

The Fundamentals Will Help Keep Us Safe

Medical Officer of Health for the Northern Health Region Dr. Mike Isaac tells us to listen to public health officials. 

 

Now is the time to stay home, practice those fundamentals around social distancing, reducing the number of contacts we have and if you get symptomatic with COVID with fever, chills, cough, loss of taste and smell, runny nose, those types of things it is important to self-isolate and get tested.

 

Isaac emphasizes if we do these things we will all be in good stead going forward.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Incident Command Team COVID 19 Update

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation command team issued a COVID 19 update earlier this week.

 

Canadian armed forces personnel have been monitoring the Rod McGillivray Care Home and the team is still working with staff at the care home and the staff at the Beatrice Wilson Health Centre.

 

People are reminded that when you go through OCN’s community check points you will be asked for your name, license plate number and if you are leaving for essential services.

 

Opaskwayak Education Services is also reminding parents to pick up their children’s homework packages and to return them as soon as possible.

 

The full Command Team update can be found on the Opaskwayak ininew Facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #267

Public health officials advise 10 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region:
• a female in her 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Maples Long Term Care Home;  
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Menno Home in Grunthal;
• a male in his 90s from Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Menno Home in Grunthal;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;  
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo; 
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.8 per cent provincially and 14.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 383 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction and one case being from out of province. This brings the total new cases to 381 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 15,288.

Today’s data shows:
• 26 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 29 cases in the Northern health region;
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 111 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 202 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,845 active cases and 6,177 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 307 people in hospital with 46 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 266.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,509 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 341,973. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Concordia Hospital unit N3 West in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at: www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.

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

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

Amanda Lathlins Private Members Bill Passes First Reading

MLA Amanda Lathlins Private Members Bill 213 passed its first reading recently.

 

The Bill would provide access to health care to children and young people in Northern and remote communities that have been sexually assaulted.

 

As of right now in Northern communities like The Pas only adults have access to sexual assault kits and if a minor reports a sexual assault they are instead flown to Winnipeg to see a sexual assault nurse examiner.

 

Sexual assault kits are used to gather evidence to charge sexual predators and Lathlin believes that this inequality in access to resources for victims of sexual assault can have grave implications on children and they deserve better

COVID-19 BULLETIN #266

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home; 
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Buhler Active Living Centre;
• a female in her 90s from Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home;  and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 14 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 349 new cases of the virus have been identified as of bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,907. Due to a data error, a death has been removed.

Today’s data shows:
• 22 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 30 cases in the Northern health region;
• 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 73 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 213 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,758 active cases and 5,893 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 303 people in hospital with 50 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 256. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,614 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 340,151. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Today, the testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. The site will provide walk-in services, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Woodhaven Manor in Steinbach and Lions Manor in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

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

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

Manitoba Teachers' Society

With Manitoba under strict COVID-19 protocols, a union for teachers in the province feels like its members are not being heard by the government.

 

James Bedford, the President of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, says one of the biggest challenges teachers are facing this school year is having to teacher in-class in addition to students whose families requested remote learning at the same time.

 

Bedford adds that there are not enough teachers and substitute teachers in the system in the case where a teacher is not able to go to work due to COVID-19 testing and isolation.

 

He says that while teachers and parents were elated when the federal government announced funding for schools back in the summer, Bedford states that the province isn’t using that money to its full extent.

 

Bedford explains the most pressing need for teachers in the province is mental health support so that teachers aren’t burnt out and missing work as a result.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #265

Public health officials advise 12 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital, Unit E6;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Health Science Centre unit A4;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Norbert personal care home;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Villa Youville personal care home; 
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Oakview Manor; 
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Fairview Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.2 per cent provincially and 13.9 per cent in Winnipeg, and 476 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, five cases were removed due to data corrections and brings the total of new cases to 471, and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,558.

Today’s data shows:
• 37 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 38 cases in the Northern health region;
• 33 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 111 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 257 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,677 active cases and 5,633 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 292 people in hospital with 47 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 248.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,461 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 337,489. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. tomorrow. The site will provide walk-in services and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Northern Lights Manor in Flin Flon. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The outbreaks have been declared over at Patient Care Units E5 and E6 at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

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

Public health officials also advise that Manitoba is introducing additional steps to ensure improved case and contact monitoring. In the coming days, an outbound automated calling system will be implemented to expand on the current methods for case and contact monitoring.
 
If a case or contact has a question, they can simply press a key on the phone pad to request a call back from the public health nurse. If the case/contact is at the end of the monitoring period and has no further questions, the case/contact can be marked recovered.
 
In the first phase, the calls will be used to determine if active cases can now be marked recovered. In the second phase, the system will be used to contact cases and their related contacts. This will allow public health officials to be more responsive and reach people sooner.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

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

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

COVID-19 BULLETIN #264

Public health officials advise seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Maples Long-Term Care Home outbreak;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Holy Family Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the Menno Home outbreak;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 546 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases were removed due to error, for a net total of 543 new cases. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,087.

Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 27 cases in the Northern health region;
• 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 118 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 368 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 8,498 active cases and 5,353 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 296 people in hospital with 52 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 236.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,798 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 333,694. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Flin Flon Personal Care Home in Flin Flon and the Charleswood Care Centre in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The site will provide walk-in services, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

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

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

The Pas Friendship Centre Toy Drive Results

The results are in for the funds raised for The Pas Friendship Centres Holiday Today Drive pledge show that was held here on CJAR.

 

Over six thousand dollars was raised to purchase gift cards to buy toys.

If you wish to donate call 204-627-7500

 

Holly LaJambe wants to thank everyone that made donations.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #259

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include: 

a male in his 20s from the Winnipeg health region; 
a female in her 50s from the Northern health region; 
a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Keekinan Centre; 
a female in her 60s from the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak;
a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home; and
a male in his 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.7 per cent provincially and 13.7 per cent in Winnipeg, and 438 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to an error and brings the total to 437 new cases and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 12,919.
 
Today’s data shows:
22 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
28 cases in the Northern health region;
27 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
114 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
247 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
7,861 active cases and 4,851 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 281 people in hospital with 43 people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 207.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 3,061 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 324,973. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
The outbreaks at Swan Valley Health Centre and Swan Valley Lodge personal care home have been declared over. 
 
Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
Updated public health orders came into effect this morning and further limited residential gatherings and retail operations to help halt the spread of COVID-19 and protect Manitobans. For more information about the new orders visit:
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.
 
Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html
 
The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19
 
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:

COVID-19 BULLETIN #258

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Keekinan Centre;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Gilbert Plains personal care home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Gilbert Plains personal care home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 13.7 per cent in Winnipeg, and 475 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 12,482.

Today’s data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 55 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 124 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 271 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,629 active cases and 4,655 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 263 people in hospital with 43 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 198.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,269 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 321,853. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Winnipeg’s Health Science Centre GA3 unit, the Buhler Active Living Centre in Winkler, the Oakwood Place in Blumenort and St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce continues to work to support local businesses and they recently had their annual General meeting virtually.

 

Jill Wilkinson was elected the new president and Al McLauchlan was elected vice president.

 

You can keep up to date with The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce on their Facebook page.

Operation Christmas Child Local Results

Operation Christmas Child was very successful locally this year.

 

A total of 240 Christmas shoeboxes were filled from The Pas and Area, Snow Lake, and Flin Flon and many were also filled online.

 

Local organizer Pat Tonn told Arctic Radio that it was wonderful to see the generosity and willingness to help those in need especially during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

You can still make online donations at samaritanspurse.ca or at packabox.com

COVID-19 BULLETIN #257

Public health officials advise 11 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a female in her 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a female in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.2 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg, and 400 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed because it was a duplicate. This brings the net new cases to 399 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 12,007.

Today’s data shows:
• 20 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 40 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 93 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 239 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,385 active cases and 4,432 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 249 people in hospital with 40 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 190.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,050 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 318,479. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

A specific fine of $298 is being put in place for not wearing a mask in indoor public places, which is required under the current public health orders. Enforcement officials can issue this fine. All other fines for individuals related to public health orders remain at $1,296.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at Health Science Centre GH3 and GA4 units. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.

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

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

Public Notice for RM of Kelsey Residents

The RM of Kelsey would like to inform residents that Young Point Road is now open from Herman Road to Pasquia Lake Road.

 

Also Nadiger Road is now closed from Young Point Road to Herman Road until the end of Today.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #256

Public health officials advise seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a female in her 30s from the Interlake–Eastern region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.6 per cent provincially and 13.3 per cent in Winnipeg, and 270 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to being from out-of-province. This brings the net new cases to 269 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 11,608.

Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 16 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 106 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 119 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,105 active cases and 4,324 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 240 people in hospital with 41 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 179.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,126 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 315,412. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Bridgepark Manor Assisted Living facility in Steinbach, Union Gospel Mission in Winnipeg, Southeast Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Fairview Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and Winnipegosis Personal Care Home in Winnipegosis. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at the Bridgepark Manor Assisted Living facility in Steinbach, Union Gospel Mission in Winnipeg, Southeast Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon and Winnipegosis Personal Care Home in Winnipegosis. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #255

Public health officials advise 10 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that include:
• a male in his 80s, a female in her 80s and a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Bethesda Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria Hospital;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Seine River Retirement Home cluster;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Carman Memorial Hospital;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Brooklyn Terrace; and
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Bethesda Regional Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13 per cent provincially and 12.8 per cent in Winnipeg, and 392 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 11,339.

Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 25 cases in the Northern health region;
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 72 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
• 255 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 7,011 active cases and 4,156 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 234 people in hospital with 42 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 172.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,391 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 312,238. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at St. Paul’s Residence (personal care home) in The Pas and at Oakview Place personal care home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

The Pas RCMP Search for Missing Patient

The Pas RCMP search for missing patient

 

On November 12, 2020, at approximately 3:20 pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of a male in distress. The male also had multiple warrants for his arrest, some of which were in relation to violent crimes. Police attended and arrested the 26-year-old male. He was taken directly to the hospital for medical assessment.

 

At approximately 8:30 pm, while still waiting to be seen by a doctor, the male was walking to the washroom, when he made a dash for the door and was able to leave the hospital. Officers were able to see him run northbound to Fischer Avenue, but he has evaded police since that time.

 

Rodney St. Gelais was handcuffed and wearing clothing suitable for the weather. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie with a ballcap on and the hood up. He had a black cloth facemask with a white Nike logo on the left side. St. Gelais was wearing tan khaki pants with white/grey shoes, and a light blue almost grey plaid jacket with snap buttons. He has a black stud piercing in the centre of his left eyebrow. Police are concerned for his well-being.

 

If you see St. Gelais, do not approach him as he could be a threat to himself or others. Call police immediately.

 

RCMP are asking anyone with information to call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

Thompson Police Dog Services and the North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team are assisting with the ongoing investigation.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #252

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including:
•    a female in her 40s from the Northern health region;
•    a female in her 60s from the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home; and
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.  

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.6 per cent provincially and 12.2 per cent in Winnipeg, and 437 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, three cases were removed due to being out-of-province and a data correction. This brings the net new cases to 434 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 10,216.

Today’s data shows:
·    33 cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
·    28 cases in the Northern health region;
·    20 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
·    96 cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
·    260 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
·    6,307 active cases and 3,772 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    there are 231 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
·    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 137.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,335 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 303,559. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Two new COVID-19 testing sites are opening. A drive-up Winnipeg site opens today at 3975 Portage Ave. (Assiniboia Downs) while a drive-thru location located at 2007 Saskatchewan Ave. West (Manitoba Public Insurance building) in Portage la Prairie opens Monday. To view hours of operation visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list.            


Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home in Gilbert Plains, Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. worksite in Brandon, Adult and Teen Challenge in Winnipeg, Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg, Brooklyn Terrace in Steinbach and Reston School in Reston. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
·    Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
·    Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
·    If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising that the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear personal protective equipment while at work, such as health-care workers, first responders or teachers and educational assistants. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

Car Fire Outside CJAR Station Building

Arctic Radio has received more details on the car fire that occurred outside the CJAR radio station building on Thursday evening.

 

The report came in around 6:19 PM where it was reported that smoke was coming from the hood of a vehicle.

 

When fire crews arrived at the scene there were flames coming from the hood of the vehicle but the flames did not reach the cab.

 

It took about 4 minutes to extinguish the flames but fire crews stayed on scene to ensure it was fully put out.

 

The investigation is ongoing and there is no word yet on the cause of the fire.

Manitoba Public Insurance and Municipalities Partner for Road Safety By Installing Speed Display Boards

Over the next couple of months Manitoba Public Insurance will provide 25 speed display boards to 13 communities in the province.

 

The speed boards are electronic signs that use radar to detect the speed of an approaching vehicle and display the speed on an LED message display with the goal of encouraging motorists to obey the posted speed limit.

 

The Town of The Pas and Thompson are expected to receive these speed boards.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #251

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including:
•    a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from Southern Health-Santé Sud and linked to the outbreak at the Bethesda Regional Health Care medicine unit;
•    a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a female in her 80s from the from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home; and
•    a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Long Term Care.   
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11 per cent provincially and 11.4 per cent in Winnipeg, and 474 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 9,782.

Today’s data shows:
·    26 cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
·    20 cases in the Northern health region;
·    19 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
·    94 cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
·    315 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
·    6,030 active cases and 3,620 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    there are 227 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
·    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 132.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,717 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 300,169. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at River East Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

Effective today, Nov. 12, the entire province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable. To learn more about restrictions and the measures in place visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
·    Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
·    Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
·    If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising that the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear personal protective equipment while at work, such as health-care workers, first responders or teachers and educational assistants. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #249

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including: 

 

· a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; 
· a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; 
· a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Seine River Retirement Residence;
· a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home outbreak, and
· a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital outbreak.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 10 per cent in Winnipeg, and 384 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, one case was removed due to being out of province, which brings the net new cases to 383 and brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 8,878. 
 
Today’s data shows:
· 26 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
· 41 cases in the Northern health region;
· 18 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
· 83 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
· 216 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
· 5,390 active cases and 3,374 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
· there are 207 people in hospital with 30 people in intensive care; and
· the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 114.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,762 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 290,560. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Bethania Mennonite personal care home in Winnipeg, Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, St. Amant Health and Transition Services in Winnipeg, Extendicare Tuxedo Villa personal care home in Winnipeg and Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Officials advise the COIVD-19 outbreaks on the B5 unit at St. Boniface Hospital and at Birds’ Hill School have been declared over. The unit and school will return to regular operations. 
 
Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19: 
· Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
· Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
· If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
 
Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.   
 
The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit:
 
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:

CP NewsAlert: Manitoba closes stores, cuts down on gatherings as COVID-19 cases surge

The Manitoba government is forcing non-essential stores to close and banning social gatherings in an effort to stop a surge of COVID-19 cases.

 

Starting Thursday, non-essential retail outlets will be limited to curbside pickup and delivery, and churches will not have in-person gatherings.

 

Social gatherings with anyone other than household members will be forbidden, and restaurants, museums, theatres and recreational activities must close.

 

Schools will remain open as the province's chief public health officer says officials are not seeing much transmission within schools.

 

Premier Brian Pallister says the province is at a critical point in its fight against the virus.

 

Manitoba leads all other provinces in per-capita active cases.

October Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for October have been released. The Pas had 145 mischief cases, 97 disturbances of the peace cases, and 96 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey once again had mainly provincial traffic violations 91 all together and the community of Cormorant had 3 provincial statutes and one break and enter.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #248

Public health officials advise three additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including: 

a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.5 per cent provincially and 9.3 per cent in Winnipeg, and 365 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., which brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 8,495. 
 
Today’s data shows:
16 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
16 cases in the Northern health region;
nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
91 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
233 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
5,152 active cases and 3,234 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 192 people in hospital with 28 people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 109.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 3,143 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 288,568. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
 
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Bethania Mennonite personal care home in Winnipeg, Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, St. Amant Health and Transition Services in Winnipeg and Extendicare Tuxedo Villa personal care home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
Officials advise the COIVD-19 outbreak on the B5 unit at St. Boniface Hospital has been declared over. The unit will return to regular operations. 
 
Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19: 
Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
 
Public health officials are also advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and Southern Health–Santé Sud region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. 
 
The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit:
 
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:
 

The Pas Friendship Centre Community Food Bank Pledge Show

A total of $6,215 was raised at last week’s pledge show on CJAR for The Pas Friendship Centre Food Bank. The proceeds raised will go towards purchasing chicken and turkey dinners for those in need this holiday season.

 

Holly LaJambe from the friendship centre would like to thank everyone for their donations adding that the donations will also be used to purchase trimmings for the dinners.

 

Holly LaJambe from the Friendship Centre is very grateful for all the donations

and wants to encourage anyone in need to call the Friendship Centre at 204-627-7500

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce is having their annual general meeting virtually this year with the ongoing pandemic.

 

The virtual meeting will be on November 17th at 6PM and their will be four guest speakers including The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques.

 

You have until November 15th at 5PM to sign up if you wish to take part in the meeting email thepasdistrict@gmail.com

COVID-19 BULLETIN #245

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 40s from the Northern health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Interlake–Eastern region;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Manor;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.1 per cent and 243 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, due to a data correction there is total net new cases of 242 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 7,419.

The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.2 per cent. Officials advise this number does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg.

Today’s data shows:
• 17 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 23 cases in the Northern health region;
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 52 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 136 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 4,286 active cases and 3,037 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 161 people in hospital with 20 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 96.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,212 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 275,342. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

Opening today, the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will offer COVID-19 testing and serve as the second community medical clinic. The site will be a drive-thru format in the parking lot of Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus at 2055 Notre Dame Ave. in Winnipeg. For information on hours of operation and to make an appointment visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.

Prairie Mountain Health advises a new appointment-based indoor COVID-19 testing site will open in Swan River on Monday, Nov. 9 and resume regular hours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 621 Main St. (former CMHA Building). The designated drive-up testing site at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre parking lot in Swan River will close at 1 p.m. today.  

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at The Pas Homeless Shelter–Oscar’s Place in The Pas, Maplewood Manor in Steinbach, and the St. Norbert personal care home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
• Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and Southern Health–Santé Sud region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

Joe A Ross School and Oscar Lathlin Collegiate to Continue Remote Learning

Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that Joe A Ross School and Oscar Lathlin Collegiate will continue to offer remote learning until at least November the 13th to protect the health and well being of the community.

 

There will be no in class learning at this time.

 

The staff at the two schools will still be available for learning and mental health support for students and parents.

 

More information can be found on the Opaskwayak Ininew Facebook page

Northland Ford Scares Hunger Food Drive

Northland Ford recently announced the results of their Halloween Food Drive.

 

According to their Facebook page, they delivered two truckloads of food for The Pas Friendship Centre food bank and school breakfast programs.

 

A statement was made by Northland Ford General Manager Glenn O’Connell that at a time of uncertainty it was amazing for staff and the community to come together pull this off.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #244

Public health officials advise four additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:

 

a female in her 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region;
a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria Hospital; 
a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Victoria Hospital outbreak; and
a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital. 
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.9 per cent and 427 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, a case was removed as it was from out of province. This brings the total net new cases to 426 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 7,177.
 
The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is nine per cent. Officials advise this number does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg. 
 
Today’s data shows:
15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
32 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
60 cases in the Northern health region;
55 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
265 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
4,166 active cases and 2,920 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 153 people in hospital and 16 people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 91.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 4,055 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 272,901. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
Two new COVID-19 testing sites will open this week. The new sites are located in Winkler at 485 George Ave. and opens today, while a drive-up site in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba’s SmartPark at 1 Research Rd. will open Sunday, Nov. 8. For hours of operation and more details, please visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.
 
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Rest Haven Care Home, Cedarwood Supportive Housing and Bethesda Place in Steinbach and Park Manor Care Home and the Health Science Centre GA4 unit in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 
 
The outbreaks have been declared over at Meadowood Manor in Winnipeg and the YWCA in Thompson. 
 
In partnership with the chief and council from Peguis First Nation, provincial public health officials continue to see a trend of concerning case numbers and are working with the community and other partners to address the situation. The community has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The chief and council have directed that public gatherings are not permitted and community residents are required to stay at home. People should only leave their residence to seek testing or medical care, or to send one person from a household for essential supplies. People who work in essential services are able to leave their residence for work. Non-medical masks must be worn outside the home. 
 
Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
The chief provincial public health officer has signed new orders that will require personal care home staff and replacement agencies to comply with the restrictions on working in more than one personal care home, and exempt additional staff from the orders. The previous orders placed the obligation only to personal care home operators. These orders come into effect today. 
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to cut down the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
 
Public health officials are also advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.
 
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
 
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:

Town of The Pas Public Hearing Announced

The Town of The Pas has announced that a public hearing will be held on December 7th at the Royal Canadian Legion at 6PM.

 

The hearing will give the public an opportunity to voice their opinions or concerns on the Kelsey Planning Districts Development Plan.  

 

For more information call Jenn Early at 204-627-1108

COVID-19 BULLETIN #243

Public health officials advise two additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Maples personal care home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface hospital.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.5 per cent and 374 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. and brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 6,751.

The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is nine per cent. Officials advise this number does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg.

Today’s data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 14 cases in the Northern health region;
• five cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 67 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 276 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,772 active cases and 2,892 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 140 people in hospital and 21 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 87.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,163 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 268,504. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Two new COVID-19 testing sites will open this week. The new sites are located in Winkler at 485 George Ave. and will open Thursday, Nov. 5 while a drive-up site at the University of Manitoba’s SmartPark at 1 Research Rd. in Winnipeg will open Sunday, Nov. 8. For hours of operation and more details, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Keeyask Generating Station and Actionmarguerite. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to cut down the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
• Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit:
www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2

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.

Updated enforcement statistics are now posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at:
www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.

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.

MB Hydro Keeyask Testing

Manitoba Hydro has updated COVID-19 test results from the Keeyask Generating Station construction site yesterday afternoon.

 

The company reported 20 workers have now been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in a second test processed by Cadham Provincial Lab.

 

Another 11 workers with an initial “not clear” are awaiting the results of the second test from Cadham.

 

As of yesterday, 59 workers are isolating in special dorms at the Keeyask site.

Otineka Mall Notice to the Public

The Otineka Mall announced Yesterday that effective immediately they will only have two public entrances open until further notice.

 

The two entrances that will be open for patrons to enter are the North East Shanes and OCN administration entrance and the South East Family Foods and VLT entrance. All other entrances to the mall are closed.

 

Visit the Opaskwayak Innew Facebook page for more information.

More Flu Shot Clinics on Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that flu shot clinics will be held today and tomorrow at the OCN Veterans Hall from 1PM Until 6PM.

 

People are reminded to bring their health cards and wear their masks to the clinics.

 

You are asked to stay home if you are feeling unwell or are self isolating.

University College of the North Heavy Duty Mechanic Students Benefit From Donation

Transolutions Truck Centre (formerly Frieghtliner Manitoba) donated a Highway tractor for the University College of the North’s (UCN) Heavy Duty Mechanics program.

 

Students will gain practical experience working on the 2013 Volvo 630 MR Highway tractor. UCN’s Heavy Duty Mechanics program is designed to give students broad-based training in the heavy duty mechanic field.

 

The program emphasizes sound theoretical training to meet the challenges presented by the increasingly more complex designs found in today’s on- and off-road trucks, as well as construction and forestry equipment.

 

Fundamental skills of the trade are reinforced through exposure to practical applications. “If we don’t help and donate and do things like this, who will?” said Transolutions Co-Founder and President Ken Talbot, “I have a lot of my customers that run up north a lot.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if I had a whole bunch of trained technicians up there helping them out, keeping them on the road? Some day I’m going to have a store up there and I’m going to be leaning on UCN to give me the best technicians.” UCN Heavy Duty Mechanics Instructor, Lyle Skulmoski noticed there was a lack of modern equipment on campus.

 

“Just coming out of the trade myself, I know that our students need equipment to work on to help them succeed in the industry,” Skulmoski said, “More modern technology makes our students’ education and experience more valuable.”

 

The Highway tractor now resides at its new home at UCN, The Pas campus. University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #242

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:

a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; 
a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, related to an outbreak at the Maples personal care home;
a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.6 per cent and 103 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, a case was removed as it was from out of province. This brings the total net new cases today to 102 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 6,377.
 
The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.3 per cent. Officials advise this number does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg. 
Today’s data shows:
13 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
12 cases in the Northern health region;
two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
15 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
61 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
3,495 active cases and 2,797 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
there are 130 people in hospital and 20 people in intensive care; and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 85.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,410 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 265,264. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
 
Public health officials have advised outbreaks have been declared at Fred Douglas Lodge personal care home, Seine River Retirement Home and Misericordia Health Centre’s Transitional Care unit. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 
 
Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
 
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to cut down the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
 
Public health officials are also advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care worker or first responder. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2
 
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
 
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

The Pas Kinsmen Christmas Tree Sale

The Pas Kinsmen has announced that they have Christmas trees available for the holiday season.

 

The trees are 75 dollars each and if you are interested you are asked to call 204-514-7382 or email kinsmentrees@gmail.com

 

Trees can also be delivered to your home for a fee of five dollars.

Flin Flon RCMP Concerned There May be More Victims of Sexual Assault

In November of 2019, a teenage male under the age of 16 reported to Flin Flon RCMP that he had been sexually assaulted by an adult male he had met through Snapchat. The adult male had posed as a high school student on the app, so the youth agreed to a meeting. When they met up, the adult male sexually assaulted the youth.

 

When the alleged assault was reported to police, an investigation started that included the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation team of investigators. A lengthy and technical process started, whereby police were able to gain access to information from social media platforms. Enough evidence was gathered to make an arrest.

 

On October 29, 2020, Dana Dadson, 61, of Flin Flon and Bakers Narrows, Manitoba was arrested for Child Sexual Assault as well as several other charges related to his interaction with an underage person. At that time, police became aware of another victim, a teenage male under the age of 16.

 

As the investigation continues, police are concerned there may be more victims. The accused not only used Snapchat, but websites as well. He is known to use an alias when communicating with youth. RCMP are asking anyone with information to call the Flin Flon RCMP at 204-687-1423, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #241

Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, related to an outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, related to an outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, related to an outbreak at Simkin Centre; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region related to an outbreak at Maples personal care home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is nine per cent and 241 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., which brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 6,275.

The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.8 per cent. Officials advise this number is less reliable due to the smaller sample size. In addition, it does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg.

Today’s data shows:
• 35 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 29 cases in the Northern health region;
• 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 44 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 122 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,455 active cases and 2,740 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 124 people in hospital and 18 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 80.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,458 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 262,571. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials are advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are a health-care worker or first responder. For information on self-isolation, visit:
www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

Effective today, the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The Southern Health–Santé Sud, Prairie Mountain Health and Interlake–Eastern health regions moved to the Restricted level (orange) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The Northern health region moved to the Restricted level (orange) on Oct. 26.

Public health officials have advised outbreaks have been declared at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg and Poseidon Care Centre in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. In addition, an outbreak at Calvary Place Personal Care Home in Winnipeg has been declared over. The site has been taken off the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to cut down the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
• Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.

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.

Amanda Lathlin Addresses Positive COVID 19 case at the Keeyask Site

During Question Period recently our MLA Amanda Lathlin addressed the report of a positive COVID 19 test at the Manitoba Hydro Keeyask site.

 

Lathlin says the situation at the site and surrounding communities reminds us how inadequate health care is in the Northern and remote communities adding that First Nations across Manitoba are working to get additional nurses and deploying more testing but this is always a challenge.

 

When asked if action will be taken to ensure all northern First Nations have what they need to address this crisis Minister of Crown Services Jeff Wharton responded by saying that the safety of those at the Keeyask  site is a number one concern.

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