The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-01

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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