The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-01

COVID-19 BULLETIN #329

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 30s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Concordia Place Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.5 per cent provincially and 4.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 157 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, five cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 152 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,280.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• nine cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 81 cases in the Northern health region;
• 24 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 14 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 29 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,490 active cases and 24,967 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 150 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 272 hospitalizations;
• there are 29 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 10 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 39 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 823. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,176 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 473,801. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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

An outbreak has been declared at Wapanohk Community School in Thompson. 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.

Individuals working in licensed child-care centres, nursery schools and family/group child-care homes within the city of Winnipeg or the Hanover and Seine River school division boundaries will soon be able to access an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site will open to eligible child-care providers effective Feb. 1. For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/rapid-testing.html.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Northern Chambers meet with Health Officials

Representatives of Chambers of Commerce from the North West Side of the province met with Health and Government officials to discuss the current restrictions placed on businesses in the north.

 

The President and Vice President of The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce, along with The Co-Presidents of The Flin Flon Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce and Chuck Davidson, President & CEO Manitoba Chambers of Commerce met with Dr. Jazz Atwal, Acting Deputy Chief Provincial Public Health Officer for Manitoba, Michelle Dubik, Acting Deputy Minister Indigenous and Northern Relations, Tracey Machonachie, Deputy Minister of Manitoba Economic Development and Jobs, and Michelle Wallace, Assistant Deputy Minister Manitoba Economic Development and Jobs.

 

The Chambers feel that the northern community is too large to be treated as a single entity. It was the Chambers’ request that the province consider adjusting the Northern Regional Health Region into North-Eastern and North-Western zones, using Highway 6 as the dividing line. This would be for the purpose of the COVID restrictions only. The Chambers feel that Covid cases in communities 400 to 800kilometresawayhave little bearing and impact on people in the north west zone.

 

This results in a low chance for transmission of Covid-19.“Our residents feel that lifting of restrictions in the southern part of the province, is unfair as the North is following protocol, and case numbers are the lowest they have been since the fall of 2020. Residents have followed the guidelines listed by Manitoba Health, and have been staying their communities,” stated Jill Wilkinson, The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce President. The Chambers feel that failure to lift the restrictions will cause people to travel outside their communities for shopping and other services, thereby increasing the chances of spreading the virus.

 

“We feel that the meeting was successful, and our request will be reviewed by the province in the near future. We hope to have a positive response from the Government of Manitoba,” said Alan McLauchlan, Vice President of The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce. Until that time, please follow the Code Red restriction regulations. Please refrain from leaving the community. We need to keep our numbers low, so that our businesses can re-open

COVID-19 BULLETIN #328

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 80s from the Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the outbreak at the Beausejour Hospital;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.7 per cent provincially and 5.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 133 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 132 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,128.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 17 cases in Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 61 cases in the Northern health region;
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• seven cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
• 29 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,456 active cases and 24,851 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 124 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 153 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 277 hospitalizations;
• there are 25 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 821.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,263 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 471,624. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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

An outbreak has been declared at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared over at The Samaritan House Ministry and Safe and Warm Shelter in Brandon.

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 reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, 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.

Danielle Adams MLA Report

Danielle Adams wrote in her latest MLA report that she and her fellow Northern Manitoba MLAs have sent a letter to the provincial health minister about improving their northern and rural vaccination plan.

 

Adams states that the letter specifically requests that Heather Stefanson provide an urgent plan to vaccinate all northern and rural Manitobans, as well as assuring that there will be vaccination clinics in each community.

 

This comes after a surge in COVID-19 cases in certain communities across the north.

 

She goes on to urge residents to continue to abide by the public health orders currently in place, and to show support to communities and people who have been impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #327

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud 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
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Concordia Place Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.6 per cent provincially and 6.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 95 new cases of the virus have been identified, However, one case has been removed due to data correction and brings to net-new case total to 94. The number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,996.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 43 cases in the Northern health region;
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 44 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,456 active cases and 24,727 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 127 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 154 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 281 hospitalizations;
• there are 24 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 813.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,576 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 469,361. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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

An outbreak has been declared at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at the Milner Ridge Correctional Centre in Beausejour, Headingley Correctional Centre in Headingley, St. Norbert Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and Lions Personal Care Home 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.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Anhart Homes Town Council Presentation

A presentation about an affordable housing organization known as Anhart homes was conducted at Monday night’s council meeting here in The Pas

 

The Pas mayor Herb Jaques says Anhart Homes has expressed interest in doing some multifamily residential development in the community.

 

Town council is expected to talk more about Anhart Home at a future council meeting.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #326

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

  • a female in her 90s from Prairie Mountain Health, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Personal Care Home;
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital 5U1-3; and
  • a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Fred Douglas Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.3 per cent provincially and 6.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 94 new cases of the virus have been identified, However, two cases have been removed due to data corrections and brings to net-new case total to 92. The number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,902.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  • zero cases in Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 36 cases in the Northern health region;
  • 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • two cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
  • 41 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

  • 3,492 active cases and 24,601 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 140 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 137 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 277 hospitalizations;
  • there are 25 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 13 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 38 ICU patients; and
  • the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 809.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,118 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 467,785. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #325

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 70s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a female in her 80s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 80s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the medical unit at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre;
• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Concordia Place.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.8 per cent provincially and 6.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 113 new cases of the virus have been identified and brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,810.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 58 cases in the Northern health region;
• six cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 33 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,542 active cases and 24,464 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 145 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 127 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 272 hospitalizations;
• there are 23 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 13 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 804.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,595 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 466,635. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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

Outbreaks have been declared over at the Brandon Correctional Centre in Brandon, Woodhaven Manor in Steinbach and the River Ridge II Retirement Residence 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.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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

Amanda Lathin

On January 23, thanks in part to the sacrifices of Manitobans, the provincial government began a slow loosening of Code Red restrictions in some parts of the province. The new Public Health orders will allow two designated visitors in homes, more businesses to open at 25% capacity, including hair salons, and non-essential items to be sold.

 

However, with the recent high case numbers in northern Manitoba, tighter restrictions remain. Many outbreaks are occurring in small communities, such as Lynn Lake, more so than widespread case numbers throughout the north.

The good news is that while case numbers remain high, they seem to be getting a bit more under control. In fact, right now The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the RM of Kelsey, have a similar number of active cases as we did when we were in code orange in November. This is not to say that we can let our guard down, but there is hope that in three weeks time when Public Health re-evaluate restrictions that more businesses may be able to open up in The Pas, OCN and the RM of Kelsey.

 

I know this situation is frustrating for many business owners and their customers, in part because northern communities struggle to access essential and non-essential items. I want to thank The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce for sharing their concerns with my constituency office. I’m listening to small business owners calling on the government to work with northern leadership to design a plan that keeps families safe while meeting the unique needs of our community. Small businesses are what makes our communities vibrant, and their sacrifices are keeping our families healthy.

 

My NDP team and I have continued to call for more business supports because we know that for many the current government supports have not been enough. The government can and should do more to protect the health of Manitobans and support our economy. For more information on what kind of supports your business may be eligible for visit: mbndp.ca/support_small_businessses_in_a_pandemic

 

I’m hearing concerns from many families about when and how they will receive the vaccine once supplies increase. Last week, Wab Kinew, our Leader of the Official Opposition sent a letter to Dr. Roussin requesting a meeting to discuss the vaccine roll out plan. Our concerns for northern Manitoba restrictions are on that agenda as well. Manitoba goes beyond the Perimeter!

 

Having questions about the public health orders is not a good reason to break them, so please continue following orders. The virus will only spread further if we let our guard down. The more we stay vigilant, the more our numbers will decrease and the sooner restrictions can be loosened. My thoughts and prayers go out to communities currently struggling with outbreaks and I hope that they soon overcome their current situations.

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

Safe at Home Grant

The Pas Arts Council received news on January 22, 2021, from the Safe at Home Committee that the Council will be awarded $39,557.53 for the project Stay at Home in Northern Manitoba.  All the events will be free to local residents.

 

The funds are allocated as follows:

Virtual Jamming Equipment - $9,152.80 -equipment required to allow musicians to play together from remote areas.
The Northland - a reading with music and pictures of the North in the background - $2,250
Virtual Concerts - $15,700 - includes honorariums for performers, technical support, licensing, portable green, and a video camera with stand.
Online Workshops - $5,589.73 - Boreal Forest Crafts, Acrylic Painting, Figure Drawing, Value, Composition, and Harmony, Photography, Beading, iMovie Workshop, Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Cardmaking, plus 3 children's workshops Penguins, National Polar Bear Day, Easter Craft.
Online Exhibits, -$ 5,500 - My Covid Winter, 3 solo exhibits.

 

My Covid Winter - Local artists living in The Pas and surrounding area are invited to submit their work on the topic of My Covid Winter.  The online show will run March 7- March 31.  The deadline for submission is  March 1.  Please send a photo of your submission to pasarts@hotmail.com with My Covid Winter in the subject line, along with the photo.  Please include the title of the work, size, medium and your name.   One piece per artist with a total of 25 entries.  $3,000 in honorariums will be distributed among the showing artists.

 

Three solo exhibits - If you are an artist living in The Pas and area and would like to exhibit your work, please email 3 photos of your work along with a bio to pasarts@hotmail.com, state Stay at Home exhibit in the subject line.  Each exhibit should consist of 12 to 20 pieces of work.   Artists can also partner with another artist to do an exhibit.  Deadline to apply is February 23.  Three exhibits will be picked from the submissions.  An honorarium of $500 will be paid per exhibit.

 

Artwork displayed will be at the discretion of the Arts Council.  For more information on the online exhibits contact Cheryl Antonio at antc@mymts.net or Jan McDonald at jmcdclearwater@hotmail.com

 

 

For those of you unfamiliar with The Pas Arts Council:  The Pas Arts Council Inc. was incorporated in 1981; however, the group existed for decades before. The concert series group and the visual arts formed an Arts Council and invited arts and culture groups to join the organization. The purpose is to provide arts and culture to the community and surrounding area through education, exposure, and participation.

 

The Pas Arts Council is made up of multiple organizations: the Community Choir, the Arts Guild, Sam Waller Museum, 4H Helping Hands, the Film Festival, The Pas Square Dancers, Band Boosters, Metis Fiddlers, Theatre 53, and the Drama Group are a few of the organizations that work together to bring projects to our community.

 

The Pas Arts Council has been delivering in person concerts, exhibits, and workshops for over 50 years. We have hosted the Men of the Deeps, Leona Boyd, Fred Penner, MTC, PTE, Concert Hour Ballet and many more performers. We have held Culture Days festivals for 10 years. This last Culture Days, 2020, we hosted 25 online/virtual events with 132 volunteers and 2647 participants.

 

For more information on The Pas Arts Council please contact The Pas Arts Council Coordinator, Debbie Howell, at pasarts@hotmail.com.   Listen to CJ120.9 and watch for the Stay at Home events schedule in the Opasquia Times.

The Pas Mayor Extremely Disappointed The Restrictions are Not Being Lifted in our Area

Last week The Manitoba Government announced that certain COVID 19 restrictions in parts of the province would be lifted but Northern Manitoba is to remain in code red due to the large number of COVID 19 cases in some communities.

 

The Pas mayor Herb Jaques spoke to Arctic Radio and said he was extremely disappointed with the decision adding that the community has worked really hard to keep the case count low. He added that businesses and the mental health in the community has continued to suffer because of the restrictions and wants the government to reconsider.

 

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce has also expressed their disappointment in the Provincial Governments decision as well. A press release from the chamber pointed out that Opaskwayak Cree Nation has done a good job controlling case numbers and their stores and businesses are still open.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #322

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and liked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.3 per cent provincially and 6.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 173 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction making the net-new cases 171 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,260.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 33 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 64 cases in the Northern health region;
• 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• nine cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 56 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,261 active cases and 24,204 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 133 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 141 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 274 hospitalizations;
• there are 24 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 15 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 39 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 795.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,070 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 461,250. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
An outbreak has been declared at Pembina Manitou Health Centre and Personal Care Home in Manitou. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Tabor Home in Morden, Tudor House Personal Care Home in Selkirk, Deer Lodge Centre on Lodge 4 East, West Park Manor Personal Care Home, St. Amant Health and Transition, and the Carpathia Children’s Centre Inc., all in Winnipeg.

All Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and other staff working in schools and directly with students will soon be able to access an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site will open to eligible staff working in all schools and school divisions effective Jan. 23.
 
Eligible clients must be symptomatic, identified as a close contact because of an exposure at school or have a symptomatic household member. Clients will be required to show identification and proof of employer at the time of appointment.

Fast Pass appointments must be made ahead of time by phoning the general appointment line, available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment, which will triage eligible clients to the Fast Pass site.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Status on a Sewage Lagoon Upgrade for The Pas

Graham Kahler the CAO for The Town of The Pas provided an update on the status of the towns sewage lagoon.

 

The town received a grant from the Manitoba restart program for the lagoons upgrade and the town is now in the planning stages waiting to receive the green light to proceed with the construction on the lagoon upgrade.

 

An upgrade is required to expand the lagoons capacity and allow for future growth in the community.

 

If the project does move ahead the bulk of the construction could be completed by the summer or fall of this year.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #321

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 60s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Poseidon Care Centre.
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Salem Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.2 per cent provincially and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 198 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to a data correction, making the net new cases 196 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,089.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 105 cases in the Northern health region;
• 17 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 13 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 54 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,205 active cases and 24,091 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 125 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 143 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 268 hospitalizations;
• there are 23 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 11 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 34 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 793.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,269 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 459,134. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, 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 #320

Public health officials advise six additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.5 per cent provincially and 6.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 154 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction making the net-new cases 153 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,893.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 18 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 70 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 10 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 48 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,137 active cases and 23,968 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 129 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 144 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 273 hospitalizations;
• there are 25 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 11 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 788.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,911 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 456,861. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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.

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

An outbreak has been declared at Deer Lodge, Lodge 2 West in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Fred Douglas Lodge in Winnipeg and Grandview Personal Care Home in Grandview.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 & District Chamber of Commerce Responds to the Manitoba Government's January 19, 2021 Announcement Regarding Proposed Changes to the Current Code Red Restrictions

It was with great hope we saw that the Province of Manitoba was considering easing the restrictions on businesses in Manitoba, where retail operations could sell all items, not just the non-essential items. Health services, salons, and barbershops could open. People could visit family. There was the hope that life could return to a little bit of normal,” said President Jill Wilkinson. “However, we now see that what is being proposed is that the North will remain in the more restrictive area."

 

“Our Chamber feelthat the Government is making decisions that are not based on the realities in our area. Using the “high numbers in the remote north communities” as the only benchmark for the continuation of Code Red status does not adequately reflect the realities of the Covid cases in the North. The higher case numbers can be attributed to a few communities, not the entire region.

 

Stated Wilkinson Once again, The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, and RM of Kelsey, are being lumped in with other areas that are suffering outbreaks. “On November 3rd, we were in Code Orange status with 71 active cases. Later that month, when the province went into Code Red status our area had 148 active cases. According to the provinces own Covid Tracking by District, as of January 19, 2021, The Pas/OCN/Kelsey only has 71 active cases. “It would only make sense that we return to lesser code restrictions now that our cases are the same as November 3rd. Our numbers are not increasing rapidly like our fall outbreak, and that included a local personal care home.

 

In fact, the numbers have leveled off with one or two cases a day. “Our elderly and hospital staff are getting vaccinated, yet we are still lacking definitive data about contact tracing in our area.Wilkinson questions the decision and wants the Province to justify their action to keep this area restricted,Please respond and identify the reasoning and data to keepour areain Code Red."

 

The lack of acknowledgment that situations are different around the North is reflective of the continued lack of awareness about the North and the communities within the region. Northern Manitoba is a vast regionand decisions should be made district by district the same way the government's own tracking database differentiates.” Stated Wilkinson,“We will continue to advocate for our northern business with the government in hopes of having these restrictions eased”

Letter sent To Doctor Roussin

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques sent a letter to Doctor Brent Roussin regarding the lifting of certain COVID restrictions in Manitoba.

 

It was indicated during yesterday’s news conference that the possible loosening of restrictions would not apply to communities north of the 53rd Parallel and Jaques letter requested The Pas be granted an exception.

 

While Jaques acknowledges the situation in other Northern Manitoba communities such as Lynn lake have been more serious, he believes The Town of The Pas has worked hard following necessary COVID 19 protocols and COVID cases have been going down as a result.

 

Mayor Jacques will provide updates if he receives a response from Doctor Roussin.

COVID Pandemic Time Capsules

As a way to let Thompson families document their times during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiddies Northern Preschool is offering COVID time capsule kits thanks to the Manitoba Stay at Home grant.

 

Lynn Martin, director at the preschool, says she initially wanted to send the kits off to families before the winter break to give them an activity to work on during code red, but ended up pushing it back to the New Year in order to have more time to receive the supplies they needed.

 

Martin hopes to have a celebration for families who participated in January 2030 to lay out the time capsules and have everyone look through them.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #319

Public health officials advise 11 additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Deer Lodge Centre, Lodge 4 West;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Place;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.9 per cent provincially and 7.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 111 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,740.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 33 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 52 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,088 active cases and 23,869 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 131 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 148 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 279 hospitalizations;
• there are 25 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 783. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,462 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 454,951. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
An outbreak has been declared at Donwood Manor in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas, Fernwood Place in Steinbach, Greendale Estate Assisted Living in Grunthal, and Deer Lodge Centre Lodge 4 West and Health Science Centre unit WRS3, both in Winnipeg. 

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Extending Their State of Emergency and Curfew

Last week Opaskwayak Cree Nation announced that they will be extending their daily curfew and state of emergency until February 15th.

 

Security will remain in high traffic areas of the community and patrols will still be done at night.

 

OCN Chief and Council would like to thank everyone for doing their part during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Robbery in Flin Flon

On the afternoon of January 14th the Flin Flon RCMP responded to a robbery at a financial institution.

 

A male entered the business and demanded cash after stating that he had an explosive device in his bag and that he claimed he was carrying a firearm. The suspect stole some cash, left his bag, and fled on foot.

 

The police later secured the bag left behind by the suspect where it was determined that there was no explosive device and no firearm was seen.

 

The suspect 44 year old Marcel Sewap was arrested the next day at a residence in Denare Beach and received numerous charges.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #318

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 80s from the Northern health region, linked to the outbreak at the Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Place; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Health Science Centre WRS3.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 7.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 118 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,629.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 11 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 46 cases in the Northern health region;
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• nine cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 45 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 3,108 active cases and 23,748 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 135 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 154 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 289 hospitalizations;
• there are 23 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 12 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 773.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,322 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 453,481. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
Outbreaks have been declared at Golden Door Geriatric Centre and Golden West Centennial Lodge in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreaks are declared over at Heritage Lodge Personal Care Home and Calvary Place Personal Care Home, both in Winnipeg.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 Vaccinations at St Pauls Personal Care Home

Residents of St Pauls Personal Care received COVID 19 vaccines last week

 

The Modena vaccine arrived in The Pas on January 11th and 49 residents were vaccinated with no adverse reactions.

 

Those that received their first dose of the vaccine will get their second dose on February 11th and those at the home that didn’t receive a vaccine will have another opportunity to get one

 

St Paul’s Resident Linda Paul was the first person to get a COVID 19 vaccine locally.

Mike Bignell Sworn in as OCN's New Onuschekew

Mike Bignell has filled the vacant Onuschekew position on Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

 

He was officially sworn in at a special ceremony held this past Friday afternoon.

 

The video of the swearing in ceremony can be found on the Opaskwayak Innew Facebook page.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #315

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
·    a male in his 70s from Northern health region;
·    a male in his 80s from Southern Health-Santé Sud;
·    a male in his 70s from Winnipeg health region;
·    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
·    a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre.  

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 7.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 191 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,145.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    84 cases in the Northern health region;
•    13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    14 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    71 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    2,907 active cases and 23,478 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 118 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 166 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 284 hospitalizations;
•    there are 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 19 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 760.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,025 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 448,061. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at Metropolitan Kiwanis Courts 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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.

Manitobans are reminded that other provinces have enacted restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have to travel, be sure to check for any restrictions at your destination and follow self-isolation rules when you return. Ontario public health has introduced new regulations indicating that individuals can only travel to another a residence or cottage for less than 24 hours for essential business. Longer stays may require 14 days of isolation in Ontario.  Information on public health restrictions in Ontario is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

St Pauls Personal Care Home Resident Receives COVID 19 Vaccine

As the COVID 19 pandemic rages on Yesterday was as milestone for the Town of the Pas. Linda Paul a resident of the St Pauls Personal Care Home was the first person in the community to receive a COVID 19 Vaccination.

The Northern Health Region posted a video of the historic moment on their Facebook page.

RCMP officer rescues man from Saskatchewan River

On January 13, 2021, at approximately 9:00 am, Grand Rapids RCMP responded to a call for assistance at the bridge spanning the Saskatchewan River at Grand Rapids, Manitoba. At the scene, officers saw an adult male being carried downstream in the river by the strong current. An officer called out to the man to swim toward the ice edge. He was carried downstream approximately 50 feet until he was able to grab the ice edge and hang on.

 

The RCMP had ice rescue equipment, and attempted to reach the male with a rope throw bag, but this was unsuccessful. The male was beginning to lose consciousness and was slipping under the water. One of the responding officers is a trained Ice Rescue Technician. The officer tied the rope from the throw bag around his chest and used other RCMP officers and fellow emergency responders as anchors as he crawled out onto the ice.

 

The officer was able to grab hold of the male, and together they were pulled off the ice to safety. Both the male and the officer were taken to the Grand Rapids Nursing station. The officer was not injured. The male had minor injuries.

 

The Manitoba RCMP offers ice rescue training to its officers, especially those working in northern Manitoba. In the last nine years, Manitoba RCMP has trained approximately 90 officers with this unique program.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #314

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
·    a male in his 60 from the Winnipeg health region; and
·    a male in his 90s from Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 7.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 261 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 259 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,954.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    11 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    139 cases in the Northern health region;
•    23 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    13 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    75 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    2,866 active cases and 23,313 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 117 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 173 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 290 hospitalizations;
•    there are 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 21 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 755.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,333 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 446,018. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City. The site has been moved to Restricted (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home in Gilbert Plains.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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.

Manitobans are reminded that other provinces have enacted restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have to travel, be sure to check for any restrictions at your destination and follow self-isolation rules when you return.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

A Small Business Grant Program Will Include More Small Businesses

Premier Brian Pallister has announced the Manitoba Bridge Grant application deadline has been extended to January 31st.  The program offers support to small businesses, charities, not for profits and home based businesses affected by public health orders. 

 

He reported it has now expanded to include more businesses such as hotels, resorts, lodges and outfitters, travel agencies, janitorial services companies and owner/operators of licensed passenger transportation businesses can apply and they too will be eligible not just for the Bridge Grant  for this year, the five thousand dollars, but they’ll be eligible to apply and if qualifying they will be eligible retroactively for the previous five thousand.

 

For complete information go to www.manitoba.ca/covid19, click on programs and then Manitoba Bridge Grant.

Kin Canada Bursaries

Kin Canada is once again accepting applications for Hal Rogers Bursaries. Potential Grade 12 graduates and post secondary students returning for another year of studies are eligible to apply.

 

Application rules and more information can be found on kincanada.ca/bursaries and the deadline to apply is February 1st.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE BULLETIN #24

The eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccination have been expanded to include:  
•    staff employed in congregate group care settings who provide direct care to individuals in the Community Living disABILITY Services, Child and Family Services, Homeless Shelters and Family Violence Shelters. Manitoba Families will work directly with agencies to identify eligible staff, and will contact staff directly to schedule appointments
 
Updates to eligibility criteria on Tuesday included health care providers who work in hospital emergency and urgent care departments (change: no age restrictions).
 
Follow @MBGov on Twitter for updates or visit http://www.manitoba.ca/vaccine for a full list of those currently eligible to receive the vaccine in Manitoba.
 
As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12,409 doses of vaccine have been administered, including 10,749 first doses and 1,660 second doses. The regional percentage breakdown of vaccines that have been administered includes:
•    nine per cent in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    two per cent in the Northern health region;
•    four per cent in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    10 per cent in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region; and
•    75 per cent in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Immunizations are also underway at personal care homes across the province by Focused Immunization Teams (FITs). It is expected that all personal care home residents will receive their first vaccine dose within the next 28 days. As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 120 residents have been vaccinated.  
 
At this time, this data does not include vaccinations in First Nations communities. The Manitoba government continues collaborative discussions with First Nations leadership in respect of their publication of vaccination data specific to First Nations.
 
As of Jan.12,  28,080 doses of Pfizer vaccine have been shipped to sites in Winnipeg and Brandon, as well as to personal care homes across the province. More than 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been shipped to First Nations communities, with 2,000 doses being used in personal care homes in communities across Manitoba.  
 
Manitoba’s current vaccine inventory is 15,402 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will be used to administer first and second doses in super-sites in Winnipeg and Brandon as well as 2,000 doses of Moderna which will be used to immunize personal care home residents. In addition, 5,300 of Moderna doses have been allocated for First Nations communities.  
 
As of Jan. 12, 1071 people have been hired to assist with Manitoba’s vaccination efforts at the sites in Winnipeg and Brandon. This includes immunizers, clinic managers, clinical leads, system navigators and observers. This is in addition to 595 staff who have been assigned to COVID-19 immunization efforts from regional health authorities, bringing the total of new hires and existing staff to 1,666.  
   
Individuals who have already booked an appointment for the Winnipeg super-site are encouraged to keep their appointment at this time. However, individuals with existing appointment(s) at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg can shift their appointment to the Keystone Centre if necessary, by calling the same confidential booking number used to make the original appointment.
 
More information about the vaccine campaign in Manitoba is available at www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #313

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
•    a male in his 50s from the Northern health region;
•    a male in his 80s from Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre;
•    a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
•    a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.6 per cent provincially and 7.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 158 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 155 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,695.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    70 cases in the Northern health region;
•    12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    eight cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    61 cases in the Winnipeg health region.  

The data also shows:
•    2,928 active cases and 23,014 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 119 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 170 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 289 hospitalizations;
•    there are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 753.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,778 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 443,683. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home. The site has been moved to Restricted (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is declared over at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre Personal Care Home 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, 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.

Premier Brian Pallister sends a letter to The Pas Mayor and Council

Premier Brian Pallister sent a letter to The Pas mayor Herb Jacques to acknowledge the efforts that The Pas Mayor and Council have taken to keep the community safe during the pandemic.

 

The letter stated that the town has developed effective solutions through strong teamwork during this difficult time and the provincial government will continue to assist municipalities.

 

One of the measures put in place by the town includes having Town Council meetings and Public Hearings online.

COVID-19 Bulletin #312

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

  • a female in her 80s from the Interlake-Eastern health region; 
  • a male in his 50s from the Northern health region;
  • a female in her 70s from Prairie Mountain Health and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre; 
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home; 
  • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; 
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; 
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg; and 
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.1 per cent provincially and 8.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 92 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases were removed due to data correction and brings to net new cases to 90 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,540.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  • nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • nine case in the Northern health region;
  • 22 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • eight cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
  • 44 cases in the Winnipeg health region.  

The data also shows:

  • 3,100 active cases and 22,692 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 138 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 164 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 302 hospitalizations;
  • there are 21 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
  • the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 748. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,368 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 441,905. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Norway House COVID Vaccines

Norway House Cree Nation gave an update on COVID-19 vaccination in the community.

 

In a statement issued through MKO, Norway House Chief Larson Anderson explains the first 240 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the community on Thursday, which was designated for the Personal Care Home Elders and staff, as well as Elders ages 70 and older.

 

The first people to receive the vaccine in the community were Leslie and Veronica Apetagon.

 

Anderson says the community imposed a strict lockdown early in the pandemic, and that members fought hard to keep the virus out while trying to maintain a sense of balance.

 

He goes on state that the vaccine is like a light at the end of the tunnel, and urges everyone to continue to follow the COVID fundamentals.

December 2020 Month Mayor Reports

December’s monthly mayor reports for The Pas and Area have been released.

 

The Pas had mostly Disturbances of the peace and mischief cases, The RM of Kelsey had mostly provincial traffic violations, and the community of Cormorant saw six offences committed all together.

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce Committee Announcement

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce Committee AnnouncementThe President of The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce, Jill Wilkinson has announceda number of key committee appointments Wilkinson observes that, “These key appointments will allow The Chamber to move forwardwith its current plans. There are initiatives for each committee and timelines.Membership (ChairpersonTown of The Pas Councillor Andre Murphy)The objective of the Membership Committee is to communicate with existing members on a regular basis to garner opinions and concerns that members may wish to express.

 

Governance and Board Development (ChairpersonFormer Town of The Pas Mayor Alan McLauchlan)The objective of the Governance and Board Development committee is to ensure Constitution and by-laws are up to date and relevant. In addition, the committee will look to opportunities to engage the directors of the board including, but not limited totraining and development opportunities. Mr. McLauchlan will also chair the Tourism and Local Promotion committee with valuable assistance from RM of Kelsey Councillor,Jim Berscheid and the Paskwayak Business Development Corporations Economic Development Officer, Darryl Bauer.The Tourism and Local Promotion committee will ensure the Chamber is actively participating in tourism/local promotions and working in partnership with community organizations with the same mandate.Economic Development and Stability (Chairperson Linda Markus, Jim Berscheid, Darryl Bauer)This critically important committee will also work towards promoting, and where required, facilitating required economic initiatives within the region. The committee will form partnerships with organizationsand businesses within the Tri-Community region, showcasing programsand initiatives with supports that highlight, economic development and stability within the region.

 

Government Relations (Chairperson Jim Berscheid, Linda Markus, Alan McLauchlan)Working with all levels of government, be they local, regional, provincial or federal is key. Having familiarity with each othersagendas is key. The experience these committee membershave will ensure all governments can work off of the same page.

 

Events (Chairperson Jill Wilkinson, Celeste Atchison, Bobbi Lajambe Pich)Having popular key community events is important for a region that wants to provide a great place to live, work and play. Events like the Annual Trade Show and the celebration of our Citizen/Business of the Year are two excellent examples of this.

 

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce events have proven to be the most successful ways the Chamber communicates to its membership,and the people in the region itservesCommunications (Chairperson Jill Wilkinson, Celeste Atchison, Darryl Bauer)All efforts could not be possible without an effectiveCommunications committee. It provides the direction on the development of key initiatives aimedto help reinforce the Chamber's reputation as a leading voice of business in the Tri-Community area.Wilkinson notes that, “We are very appreciative of our Board. We have room for more Board members, if one is interested. If a person is not ready for thecommitment involved with being a board member, I might suggest joining one of the committees. Our Committee chairs may be looking for assistants or a particular skill set that might be needed for a short-term solution.” All Chamber and Community membersare invited to attend Chamber Board meetings, which are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 pm.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these meeting are held using Zoom. Please contact the office to arrange your participation.While the Chamber office is strictly in compliance with all rules and regulations in affect due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are accessible by phone and email. To reach the office manager-Sandra Shapiro, please phone 204-623-7256 or email thepasdistrict@gmail.com.

COVID-19 Bulletin #310

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

  • a male in his 60s from Northern health region;
  • a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre; and
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10 per cent provincially and 8.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 133 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,450.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

  • 11 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 34 case in the Northern health region;
  • 28 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 13 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
  • 47 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

  • 3,414 active cases and 22,295 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 162 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 154 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 316 hospitalizations;
  • there are 21 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 16 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
  • the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 741.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,566 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 440,532. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce on COVID 19 Restrictions on Businesses

On Friday, January 8, 2021,Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health official announced that the public health orders were being extended from January 8thuntil January 22ndin order “...to continue to protect Manitobans and reduce case numbers, test positivity rates and hospitalizations”.An adjustment to the Code Red restrictions was made to provide an exemption to allow exemptions for professional hockey, but no restrictions were lifted in terms of essential and non-essential sale of goods.The press release issued also stated that, “Beginningnext week, the Manitoba government will be consulting with Manitobans for feedback on potential future changes to the orders, should case numbers allow.” Members of The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce met with The Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Economic Developmentto discuss the lifting of restrictions placed on Northern Communities. Also present were members of the Thompson Chamber of Commerce, along with a representative of theManitoba Chambers of Commerce. Discussedin the meetingwas that situations vary across the province with issues being different from one area to the other. What is applicable in southern Manitoba is not necessarily the same as that in the north. Our Tri-Community neighbours, on Opaskwayak Cree Nation, have implemented restrictions, and their businesses have been able to effectively manage being open and selling non-essential items. We feel that The Pas and District should be able to function in the same manner.While our initial hope from that meeting was that the restrictions would be lifted in time for the holiday shopping season, the restrictions stayed in place, and have since been extended, now until January 22, 2021. Changing the restrictions for the North have not yet been addressed. The Manitoba government acknowledges that they have been seeing increases in rates from holiday gatherings and states that the extension of restrictions stems from that. However, we question the wisdomof allowingprofessional athletes to practice and play their games, while letting the small businesses that are at the heart of our economy lose their livelihood. “Our small and medium business are the heart of our community” states Chamber Vice President Alan McLauchlan. “Forcing them to close their doors while others 50 kilometers away are open makes no sense” “The Manitoba Government has not been able to explain why thecommunities of The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson have been singled out for additional restrictions, while communities in the south have not been”

Jill Wilkinson,President of The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce observed, “At this point, this is ludicrous,especially for our Tri Community Area in the North. OCN has effectively managed being open for businessand have been able to maintainlow COVID numbers. I have to questionhow can you can put a hockey team together,but businesses in Rural Manitoba can’t be allowed toimplement social distancing protocols,or have one or two customers in and out of their store?Wilkinson continues, “The gap funding that our businesses have been given is only $5000. For business that have been closed for several weeks, this amount is not enough to pay their bills, nor does it support the business owners and their families.”When contacted, Cheryl Zaharia, owner of Cheryl’z Hair Densaid, “Imaybe be looking for a job. It’s hard to care about my business anymore. I’ve reached that point.” Jerome Conaty, owner of Funky Threadz commentsin his letter to the Provincial government, “It is well known that the vast majority of the unfortunate deaths in the Province are in Care Homes, and those that are elderly or suffering from various other serious ailments. Two weeks to “flatten the curve.” That’s what we were sold. We are not underestimating the disease; we understand it is real, and here. We do want our healthcare workers to be able to continue to handle caseloads. However, the economy can open safely and small businesses especially are properly positioned to follow proper protocols. To date, no data has been presented to small businesses showing that we are the drivers of this disease, so why do our livelihoods pay the price? Why is feeding our children not considered “essential?”The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce plans to further the discussions with the Provincial government in a hope to ease the restrictions placed on northern businesses.

Cross Lake Vaccine

Manitoba has begun shipping the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to First Nations communities as of last week.

 

MKO issued a statement on behalf of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, one of the communities to receive the vaccine on Thursday.

 

Chief David Monias says the first batch is designated to Elders aged 70 and older, Elders in care homes, and staff working in the Elder’s home, totaling 199 vaccines.

 

The community has less than 30 days to administer the vaccine to those eligible, and if there are people who refused the vaccine, doses will then be offered to those ages 69.

 

The province announced on Wednesday that First Nations communities across Manitoba would receive 53 hundred doses of the vaccine.

MLA Report

In her latest report, MLA Danielle Adams encourages constituents to get the COVID-19 vaccine once they’re eligible for it.

 

Adams says a fast and effective provincial vaccination campaign, in addition to a strong commitment from northern residents to get vaccinated is important.

 

She states the Pallister government seem to be - quote - “behind the eight ball” on a vaccination plan, calling it “slow, confusing, and chaotic”.

 

Adams explains the Premier must do more to ensure northern Indigenous Manitobans get the vaccine as quickly as possible, as Indigenous families are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

 

She goes on to applaud local leadership and First Nations Experts for making plans that work for isolated communities.

Manitoba COVID New Case Numbers were Down Sunday While Saskatchewan Still Faces High Numbers

Manitoba public health reported 394 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend with a five day test positivity rate of 10 percent.  There were 203 new cases Saturday and 151 Sunday. 

 

Of the new cases 158 were in Winnipeg and 98 in the Northern health region with lower numbers in other regions.  They also reported 12 related deaths with 11 in Winnipeg and one in Southern health. 

 

Of the 26, 317 confirmed cases 4792 are considered active, 20,850 individuals have recovered and 322 are in hospital with 36 in intensive care. On Saturday an outbreak at Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home on Opaskwayak Cree Nation was declared over.

 

Saskatchewan reported 643 new cases over the weekend. They also reported seven additional deaths with four in Regina, two in South East and one in North Central zone.  Of the 336 new cases reported Saturday 57 were in Saskatoon, 52 in Far North East, 46 in North West and 41 in North Central with  lower numbers in other zones.  Zone breakdowns were not available for Sunday.  Reported cases total 18,110 with 187 in hospital and 31 in intensive care.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #308

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from Northern health region;
• a female in her 70s from Prairie Mountain Health, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from Prairie Mountain Health, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from Prairie Mountain Health;
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Health Science Centre GH4;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.1 per cent provincially and 10.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 222 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one was removed due to a data correction making the net new total 221. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 25,963.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 16 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 69 cases in the Northern health region;
• 27 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 13 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 97 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 4,582 active cases and 20,655 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 227 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 88 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 315 hospitalizations;
• there are 31 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as four people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 726.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,386 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 435,227. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at Actionmarguerite St. Vital in Winnipeg, Menno Home Personal Care Home in Grunthal and Lions Prairie Manor in Portage la Prairie. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System

Outbreaks have been declared over at Eastview Place in Altona, Portage District General Hospital Medicine Unit in Portage la Prairie and Villa Youville Personal Care Home in Ste. Anne.

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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 #307

Public health officials advise 12 additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 30s from Northern health region;
• a male in his 60s from Prairie Mountain Health;
• a female in her 90s from Prairie Mountain Health, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Concordia Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the River East Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.9 per cent provincially and 10.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 208 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, seven were removed due to data corrections making the net new total 201. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 25,742.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 60 cases in the Northern health region;
• 17 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 17 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 105 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 4,506 active cases and 20,519 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 228 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 91 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 319 hospitalizations;
• there are 31 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as four people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 35 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 717.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,132 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 432,839. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre in McCreary. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak has been declared over at Seine River Retirement Home 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.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
 
Personal care home residents will soon be able to welcome loved ones for visits in the province’s new COVIsitation spaces, which are being installed at 125 personal care homes (PCH) and other sites across the province. 
 
These all-season shelters have been carefully developed and constructed with every COVID-19 precaution to allow residents to safely and comfortably participate in social visits with family members and loved ones. 

During Critical (red) restrictions, the shelters will accommodate a maximum of one general visitor at a time to visit with a PCH resident. For those PCHs without an all-season COVIsitation shelter, designated visitation rooms have been identified to support visits with similar precautions in place. Visitor screening for symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 remains in place, masks must be worn by visitors and residents, and physical distancing maintained for the duration of the visits. 
 
Visits will be by appointment only, with more details available from individual PCHs in the coming days.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, 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.

Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Virtual Talent Show

The Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival has announced that they are having a virtual family talent show.

 

You are encouraged to make a video of your family doing a fun activity and anyone can participate.

 

The video entry’s will be posted on Facebook and the public will vote on the videos they like the best.

 

The deadline for submissions is January 22nd and you can find out more on the Northern Manitoba Trappers Festival Facebook page.

All Personal Care Home Residents are to be Immunized in a 28 Day Campaign

Premier Brian Pallister has announced to protect vulnerable Manitobans who are at greatest risk from COVID-19 Manitoba will launch a 28 day campaign to immunize all eligible personal care home residents at 135 sites across the province with the first doses of the vaccine. 

 

He noted that by mid-March every single eligible PCH resident will have received both doses and the fullest protection they can provide them with against this deadly virus.

 

The PCH immunization campaign begins on Monday and over the week focused immunization teams will visit seven locations in every regional health authority across the province to immunize 1157 people.  The only location mentioned for the week in the Northern Health Region is St. Paul’s Residence in The Pas. 

 

Locations are selected by vulnerability of the site based on the number of residents as well as the percentage of shared beds.  The province has developed a week by week plan to immunize an estimated 9834 people living in PCHs across the province with schedules release weekly. Pallister also reported 53 hundred doses of the first Moderna Vaccine received will be sent to First Nations communities based on a plan developed with First Nations partners.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #306

Public health officials advise 10 additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 40s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Seven Oaks Hospital 4U8-12;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Seven Oaks Hospital 4U8-12;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Seven Oaks Hospital 4U8-12;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 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 10.4 per cent provincially and 11.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 176 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, nine were removed due to data corrections making the net new total 167. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 25,541.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 11 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 31 cases in the Northern health region;
• 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 13 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 109 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 4,460 active cases and 20,376 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 237 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 92 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 329 hospitalizations;
• there are 32 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as five people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 705.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,845 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 430,597. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Oakview Manor in Blumenort, River Park Gardens Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and the Thompson General Hospital MSP ward in Thompson.

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.

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

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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.

Norway House RCMP Respond to Armed and Barricaded Residence

On the evening of December 31st Norway House RCMP received a report of a fight in progress involving two males at a residence in the community.

 

When officers attended they were informed that one of the males a 25 year old had fled from the scene to a neighbouring home armed with a shotgun and ammunition.

 

The area around the house was contained and officers later entered the residence and located several other suspects that were arrested without incident.

 

25 year old Alec Muswagon has remanded into custody for firearms related offences and the investigation is ongoing.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #305

Public health officials advise seven additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Le Chalet de la Broquerie Assisted Living facility;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the River East Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the River East Personal Care Home; and
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Holy Family Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.7 per cent provincially and 11.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 130 new cases of the virus have been identified, which brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 25,374.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 17 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 19 cases in the Northern health region;
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• eight cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 77 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 4,427 active cases and 20,252 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 243 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 96 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 339 hospitalizations;
• there are 35 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as five people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 40 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 695.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,264 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 428,753. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at the WRS3 unit at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. The site has been moved to Critical (Red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Morris General Hospital in Morris, the Rehabilitation and Surgery unit at Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler, the Northern Lights Manor in Flin Flon, as well as at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface, Actionmarguerite St. Joseph and Dakota House, all 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.

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

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans should 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 if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-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 RCMP Looking for Man Who Hasn't Been Seen in Several Weeks

On January 4, 2021, at approximately 7:45 am, The Pas RCMP received a report that 54-year-old Barry Byrtus had not been seen in several weeks. When officers attended Byrtus’ residence, there was mail piled up at the door and there were no recent signs of habitation. Police are concerned for his well-being.

 

Byrtus is described as 5’8” tall and approximately 154 pounds.

 

If you have information on his whereabouts please call The Pas RCMP at 204-627-6204, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

 

The Pas RCMP Arrest Youth for Firearm Offences

On December 31, 2020, The Pas RCMP were responding to an unrelated disturbance on Miskisew Street in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, when the officers on scene heard a gunshot at a neighbouring residence. Officers observed two males exit a residence and begin arguing in the street. As the officers got closer, they saw that one of the males had what appeared to be two separate firearms.

 

The officers ordered the male to drop the guns and advised that he was under arrest. The male ran back into the residence, and the officers could see him enter a room in the home. After a short period, the male exited the room without the firearms and was arrested. Both firearms were seized by RCMP.

 

Further investigation revealed the male had pointed the gun at another male and had discharged a single shot into a basement wall of the residence.

 

The 16-year-old male is a resident of the home. He has been charged for Pointing a Firearm, Careless Use of a Firearm, and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. He has been released from custody.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #304

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 30s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at River Ridge II Retirement Residence;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.7 per cent provincially and 11.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 118 new cases of the virus have been identified, which brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 25,244.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• seven cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• five cases in the Northern health region;
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 19 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 80 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 4,423 active cases and 20,133 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 245 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 95 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 340 hospitalizations;
• there are 35 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as six people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 41 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 688.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,275 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 427,476. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

An outbreak has been declared at the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville. The site has been moved to Critical (Red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared over at the Beausejour Hospital in Beausejour.

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.

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

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

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