The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-02

COVID-19 BULLETIN #356

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.9 per cent provincially and 3.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 64 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,721.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 33 cases in the Northern health region; 
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 26 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,197 active cases and 29,635 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 67 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 124 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 191 hospitalizations;
• 10 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 28 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 889; and
• the total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,927 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 521,826.

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

An outbreak has been declared at Actionmarguerite St. Joseph in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak has been declared over at Southeast 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, and not visiting with others. 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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 Community Chaplaincy Winding Down Operations After 21 Years of Service

During Monday Night’s Council Meeting Betty Olson and Gary Hopper spoke to Mayor and Council to inform them that The Northern Gateway Community Chaplaincy Program will be winding down operations after 21 years of service.

 

The program would speak to people on the street and provide counselling to the homeless population.

 

Olson took the time to thank the town for their support and she hopes that another organization fills their shoes.

Amanda Lathlin Report on The Homeless

Our MLA Amanda Lathlin took the time to speak to the homeless population to listen to their stories and to find out how these individuals can be helped. She shared the stories at a SCAN meeting organized by Make Shift Happen on Wednesday night.

 

Lathlin added that many of these people have dealt with past trauma such as residential school and oppression for being indigenous and none of the homeless people she spoke to wanted to live the way they do adding they face many barriers such as not be able to obtain a photo ID.

 

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Community Update

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Christian Sinclair spoke to Arctic Radio to provide an update for the community.

 

He said the community had gone a few days without recording any new cases of COVID 19 and he hopes that the community can keep up the momentum.

 

He added that kids are now back in school and their code red will run until March 15th.

PROVINCE CONSIDERS CHANGES TO PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS, SEEKS FEEDBACK ON MANITOBANS' REOPENING PRIORITIES

The Manitoba government is asking for public feedback on possible changes to the public health orders, while continuing to monitor COVID-19 variants of concerns and protecting the health-care system, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced today.

“Manitobans continue to do their part to keep our COVID curve down, which why we are once again in a position to consider loosening restrictions and allowing more Manitobans to get back to doing some of the things they love and have missed over the past few months,” said Pallister. “But, with variants of concern now present in Manitoba that could potentially spread COVID-19 even faster, we will continue to take a cautious and gradual approach at restarting our activities and services. We’re asking Manitobans to provide their input and priorities for the next rounds of reopening, while ensuring we continue to protect the health and well-being of all Manitobans.”
 
Proposed changes for the entire province will be considered for implementation in two phases over a six-week period, beginning as early as March 5 and again on March 26. The following changes under consideration include:
• households and gatherings:
? allowing households the choice of continuing to designate two visitors to their home, or to designate a second household to visit each other, as long as everyone in the house has authorized those designated individuals to visit and families would have to choose either the two-person option or the additional household option;
? increasing gathering limits at an outdoor place to 10 people including for outdoor non-organized sport or recreation activities; and
? increasing the capacity size at places of worship for regular religious services to 25 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower, with physical distancing measures in place and mask requirements.
• business, retail and restaurants:
? enabling any type of business to be able to operate with the exception of indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casino and bingo halls;
? expanding the capacity limits for retail stores, malls and personal services to up to 50 per cent capacity or 250 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect;
? expanding restaurants and licensed premises to up to 50 per cent capacity with requirements to still only sit with members of your household and with other public health measures still in effect;
? allowing businesses to resume operating video lottery terminals, with physical distancing measures and barriers in place; and
? allowing professional theatre groups, dance companies, symphonies or operas to resume rehearsals as long as rehearsals are not accessible to members of the public.
• recreation and fitness:
? allowing day camps for children to operate at 25 per cent capacity with a maximum group size of 50, with other public health measures in place;
? allowing indoor recreation and sporting facilities, such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open for individual use and group instruction and practices only, with public health measures in place for spectators, common areas and locker rooms for a total capacity of 25 per cent;
? allowing dance, theatre and music facilities to open for individual instruction and group classes for a total capacity of 25 per cent;
? allowing gyms and fitness centres to provide group instruction or classes at 25 per cent capacity per class with physical distancing measures in place, in addition to one-on-one instruction and individual workouts for a total facility capacity of 25 per cent;
? allowing indoor recreational facilities such as arcades, go-kart tracks and children’s facilities to open at 25 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place;
? allowing outdoor amusement parks to open at 50 per cent capacity with physical distancing measures in place; and
? allowing users of gyms, fitness centres and pools to not wear a mask while taking part in a physical activity, but requiring mask use in other areas of the facility.

“Manitoba’s case numbers continue to trend in the right direction which allows us to consider reopening more services cautiously and safely,” said Roussin. “However, with the variant of concern now here in Manitoba, it is crucial that Manitobans continue to follow the fundamentals and avoid the activities that are known to cause the greatest risk – crowded places, closed-spaces, and close-contact settings – so we can contain the spread of COVID-19 until we can immunize and better protect more of our population.”
 
As with previous orders, Manitobans are asked to provide their feedback on these latest proposed changes, with particular focus on deciding which services are the most important to reopen at this point while continuing to balance public safety.

Roussin also noted that based on public feedback and COVID-19 indicators, changes could be made to public health orders beginning March 5. Further feedback received will be used to guide subsequent orders in the weeks ahead. To provide feedback, visit https://engagemb.ca/.
 
Results of public feedback gathered will be posted on the EngageMB website once completed.
 
 For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #355

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.3 per cent provincially and 3.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 70 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases have been removed due to data corrections. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 67 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,657.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• seven cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 30 cases in the Northern health region; 
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 31 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,206 active cases and 29,563 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 75 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 121 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 196 hospitalizations;
• 10 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 26 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 888; and
• the total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,290 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 519,892.

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

The risk of COVID-19 transmission has stabilized in Pauingassi First Nation and strict public health orders for that community have now been lifted. All other general public health orders in Manitoba remain in effect.

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, and not visiting with others. 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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 Recycling Centre Facing Issues

During Monday Night’s Council meeting workers at the recycling centre brought up issues that the centre is currently facing and that many residents are not completely satisfied with the way the program is running.

 

Mayor Herb Jaques says that people have shown concern about not being able to drop off recycling at the centre, concerns regarding missing pick up times for recycling, and not knowing what’s recyclable. People have been disposing needles improperly and they have ended up in the recycling centre something the town is going to investigate further.

 

Jaques added that they hope to have a plan to deal with these issues in the near future.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Security Update

Opaskwayak Cree Nation released an announcement regarding security in the community earlier this week.

 

OCN Security has been working tirelessly during the pandemic and there are four security checkpoints in the community that operate 24 hours a day.

 

In response to reports of verbal abuse towards OCN security members by people going through the checkpoints, people are reminded that while having to go though these checkpoints is frustrating and may cause delays these measures are appropriate to keep people safe from COVID 19.

 

They would like to thank community members for doing their part.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #354

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the outbreak at Oakview Place Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.6 per cent provincially and four per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 45 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, six cases have been removed due to data corrections. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 39 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,590.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 10 cases in the Northern health region; 
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• eight cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 23 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,196 active cases and 29,507 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 81 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 126 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 207 hospitalizations;
• 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 29 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 887; and
• the total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,805 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 517,602.

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

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, and not visiting with others. 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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.

The Manitoba Government Has Expanded Safe at Home Programming

Culture Minister Cathy Cox reports due to high demand and the success of the initial launch of Safe at Home Manitoba the province has invested an additional two million dollars bringing the total to five million to help Manitobans stay actively engaged while adhering to public health orders.

 

She explains they had over two thousand applications for this program and a great deal of interest and it really provides all Manitobans from all four corners of the province the opportunity to enjoy this made in Manitoba entertainment with many projects, crafts and things for children and seniors to enjoy and they got a lot of interest as well from individuals who took the time to create the wonderful content and they are just absolutely thrilled to be able to participate.

 

For more information on the various online programming visit their website at www.safeathomemb.ca.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #353

Public health officials advise no additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is five per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 76 new cases of the virus have been identified.  However, eight cases have been removed due to data corrections. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 68 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,551.

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

 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• seven cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 21 cases in the Northern health region; 
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• zero cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 47 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,212 active cases and 29,453 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 85 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 131 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 216 hospitalizations;
• 12 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 33 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 886; and
• the total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,390 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 515,792.

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

Outbreaks have been declared at St. Boniface Hospital unit A5 and Poseidon Care Centre, both in Winnipeg. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at River East Personal Care Home and Deer Lodge Centre, both in Winnipeg, and the dialysis unit at St. Anthony’s General Hospital in The Pas.

Public health officials advise of a possible exposure on Perimeter Airlines flight JV639 on Feb. 17 from Garden Hill to St. Theresa’s Point to Winnipeg, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required. For up-to-date information on testing sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

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, and not visiting with others. 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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.
 

Flin Flon RCMP Seize Drugs, Cash, and Firearms

On February 20, 2021, at approximately 3:00 am, Flin Flon RCMP, with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, Cranberry Portage RCMP, and Creighton RCMP officers, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

 

The search resulted in approximately six grams of cocaine, an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency, drug trafficking paraphernalia, various electronics, and five firearms, including a sawed off shotgun and two handguns with readily accessible ammunition.

 

Jeffrey Atkinson, 43, and Scott Lysohirka, 51, both from Flin Flon, and a 41-year-old female were arrested at the residence without incident. The males are facing charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Proceeds Obtained by Crime over $5000, and multiple firearms offences. They remain in custody. The female was released without charges.

 

The investigation continues.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #352

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.4 per cent provincially and 4.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 97 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,483.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• four cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 36 cases in the Northern health region; 
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 54 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,219 active cases and 29,378 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 78 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 128 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 206 hospitalizations;
• 14 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 32 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 886; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases is four.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,790 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 514,357.

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

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, and not visiting with others. 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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.

Manitoba Online Immunization Record

Manitobans that have been immunized against COVID 19 will now have an online record of their immunizations.

 

The record will include all personal information including the person name and birthday and the brand of vaccine they received.

 

More Information can be found on sharedhealthmb.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #349

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.7 per cent provincially and 4.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 92 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 90 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,235.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 50 cases in the Northern health region; 
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 35 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Additionally, public health officials are announcing three confirmed cases to be a result of the B.117 COVID-19 variant of concern have been detected. This is the variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases are all related to international travel and the individuals has since recovered. Any additional information will be provided as investigations continue. This brings the total number of variants of concern cases in Manitoba to four.

The data also shows:
• 1,169 active cases and 29,187 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 80 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 133 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 213 hospitalizations;
• 12 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 27 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 879. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,389 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 508,900.

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

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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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 Resident Receives a Big Provincial Honour

Local Cheryl Antonio has been recognized as one of the recipients of Manitoba 150s honour 150 program.

 

In honour of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary the province is recognizing 150 Manitobans that have given back to their community.

 

Antonio has been commended for running The Pas Community what’s happening in the Tri Area Facebook Group and for her work with The Pas Arts Council.

 

Antonio told Arctic Radio that it was an honour to have been nominated and selected.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #348

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, and
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is six per cent provincially and 4.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 139 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 138 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,145.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• five cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 75 cases in the Northern health region; 
• three case in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 52 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows:
• 1,153 active cases and 29,114 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 84 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 140 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 224 hospitalizations;
• 12 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 27 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 878.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,827 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 506,511.

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

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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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 Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Children's Hospital Foundation supply 30,000 masks to First Nations in Manitoba

Today the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHFM) have partnered to help fight COVID-19 in Manitoba’s First Nations population by supplying 30,000 face masks as well as making them available to all children visiting the HSC Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

 

The AMC has donated $75,000 to the CHFM in order to help support First Nation children’s health needs. The Foundation has used a portion of these funds to produce a mask to be delivered by AMC to member First Nations and CHFM will supply to any child and their families requiring care at the Children’s Hospital Emergency Department who may need one.

 

Currently First Nations people are most likely to be infected through close contact from a known case of COVID-19. This is due to a myriad of socio-economic factors such as overcrowded housing, lack of essential water infrastructure to sanitize homes and hands, lack of access to quality health care - all of which have put First Nation communities at higher risk of spread of the coronavirus because it is more difficult to isolate appropriately within the home.

 

“These masks are a welcome support at a time when our communities are seeing rising numbers of COVID-19 cases,” says AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas. “First Nations people continue to make up a highly disproportionate number of new cases in Manitoba. The 5-day test positivity rate remains significantly higher than the rest of the province. It is critical that we are diligent with following the protective public health measures – like wearing multilayered face masks - to reduce the impacts as much as we can. This collaboration demonstrates how our community is working together and enlisting the help of Dr. Goodbear and Spirit Bear to put a smile on the faces of children during these difficult times as we try to keep kids safer and healthier.”

 

The masks which will be distributed in the coming weeks are 3-ply and have a removeable filter for an additional fourth layer of protection. The exterior design represents the colours of a First Nations medicine wheel and includes two bears: Jordan’s Principle Spirit Bear, and the Children’s Hospital Foundation Dr. Goodbear; both logos are symbols of strength, health, family and courage.

 

Jordan's Principle, named in memory of Jordan River Anderson from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba, ensures that all First Nations children living on and off reserve in Canada have equitable access to services and supports they need, when they need them.

 

Stefano Grande, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba says this support in recognition of Jordan’s Principle is part of the collaborative efforts the community needs to #continuecaringforkids. “We exist so our community can offer the best care and support to sick and injured children. We believe this support right now to First Nations in Manitoba is absolutely vital to the current and future health of First Nation children.”

 

“We thank AMC and all members of our Indigenous Advisory Council for guiding us to determine this area of urgent need and we will continue to collaborate for better health of children across the province, and in support of reconciliation efforts that are important to our Foundation,” says Dean Schinkel, Chair of CHFM.

 

The CHFM Indigenous Advisory Circle is a volunteer council that has been in place since early 2020 and supports the mandate of the Board of CHFM through the provision of information and meaningful advice, within an Indigenous perspective and worldview; allowing CHFM to build deep, meaningful and collaborative relationships with Indigenous leadership to improve the health of children, and at HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital through engagement, research, advocacy and fundraising:

 

“I am appreciative that Children’s Hospital Foundation is working closely with Indigenous advisors and have developed these masks for the First Nations communities. It is especially important that the community see the alignment of Jordan’s Principle and Children’s Hospital Foundation as both work to do the best for our youth. I look forward to working together further to support the health care needs of our communities now and for the future,” says Rebecca Chartrand, Vice President Indspire and Chairperson of CHFM Indigenous Advisory Circle.

 

AMC will distribute twenty thousand masks to First Nations in Manitoba and ten thousand masks will be supplied by CHFM to Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

Manitoba Government Ignores Patients' Pleas for Improved Diabetes Care

A young Manitoban who must measure his blood sugars multiple times each day is part of a group trying to attract the attention of Health Minister Heather Stefanson to suggest that providing continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) could prevent emergencies while saving the province money.

 

“It is frustrating,” says Miles Dyer, a fourteen-year-old Manitoban living with type one diabetes who is part of the patient and caregiver group, Emergency Diabetes Support for Manitobans.

 

“I was diagnosed when I was one year old, so by the time I was nine, I had already had about 35,000 fingerpricks. I wish everyone in the government who makes these decisions could experience just one day of what it is like. Maybe then they would be more willing to fund continuous glucose monitors.”

 

To make the point, Dyer and other advocates from the group have invited politicians to take “The Great Manitoban Fingerprick Challenge.” Participants must take a manual blood sugar reading ten times in a day, just like an insulin-dependant diabetic.

 

Group member Liz Miller explains, "As a type one diabetic, I have found that most of the world does not understand the deadly situations we deal with each day. There is so much ignorance and misconception about this disease.”

 

When a patient’s pancreas stops secreting insulin, whether from type one diabetes or another reason, replacement synthetic insulin must be injected multiple times per day. It is dangerous and precarious, as small underdoses or excesses can quickly lead to low or high blood sugar emergencies. A patient or adult caregiver must take a blood sample and test it multiple times per day to remain safe – an often painful and disruptive activity.

 

Manitoba Health will currently cover up to 10 fingerprick tests for insulin-dependent diabetics, at a cost of about $3300 per year. A CGM costs about 7 per cent more, but Manitoba Pharmacare refuses to fund them for any patient.

 

CGMs are small, wearable monitors that take real-time blood sugar readings every five minutes, sending the results to the wearer’s phone or device. The devices warn of dangerous low blood sugars, helping to prevent seizures. CGMs help diabetic patients and their caregivers more accurately and consistently control blood sugars. Automatic alarms and online connectivity can help support patients who live alone or in a remote location.

 

Emergency Diabetes Support for Manitobans estimates that approximately 600 type 1 diabetes patients are hospitalized due to a diabetes emergency in Manitoba each year. Studies have shown that CGM use among insulin-dependent diabetics reduces the incidence of hospitalizations for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) by approximately 50%. With an average hospital stay in Canada costing $7000, CGM devices could create an immediate net savings for Manitoba Health by preventing hospitalizations, advocates say.

 

Ontario, Quebec, and Yukon already offer coverage for CGMs, and Saskatchewan has announced they are adding coverage.

 

Ten Manitoba MLAs have participated in the Great Manitoban Fingerprick Challenge so far. In videos posted to social media, many stated that they learned a lot from the experience. Minister of Families Rochelle Squires noted that the tests were painful as she struggled to produce enough blood each time. Health Minister Stefanson has said she will not be taking part in the fingerprick challenge and has not yet agreed to meet with the group.

 

Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont both took up the challenge and have called on the government to fully fund continuous glucose monitors, an all-ages insulin pump program, and insulin.

 

Even so, the government has given no indication it intends to improve coverage. A spokesperson for Manitoba Health told Emergency Diabetes Support for Manitobans members that the department is constantly reviewing “new” drugs and devices, but must balance their “incremental clinical value” with cost.

 

Emergency Diabetes Support for Manitobans says Manitoba Health has not addressed potential cost savings to the health system as well as the life-saving, life-changing benefits of CGMs.

 

In 2019, the Progressive Conservative platform promised a new diabetes strategy, but a government spokesperson has told the group “the pandemic has caused it to take longer than had originally been planned.”

 

Diabetic Manitoban Colin Mehmel says, “We are asking the government to cover devices that drastically improve our lives and may save the province money. The annual cost of my diabetes supplies has gone down since I started using a CGM, but the Manitoban government requires I pay this out-of-pocket. Other Manitobans can’t afford to do that and so they go without.”

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #346

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70 from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital unit B5;
• 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 5.9 per cent provincially and 4.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 167 new cases of the virus have been identified. These include cases from the holiday Monday and Tuesday. However, one case has been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 166 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,932.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 13 cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 93 cases in the Northern health region; 
• two case in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• eight cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 51 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows:
• 1,625 active cases and 28,432 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 86 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 230 hospitalizations;
• 13 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 26 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 875.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,390 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 503,523.

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

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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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.

Niki Ashton Letter on Canada Post Issues in The Pas

Our MP Niki Ashton sent a letter to Minister Anita Anand urging her and her office to work with Canada Post to improve the postal service in The Pas.

 

Ashton’s letter stated that her and her office have heard concerns from the public and from postal workers about the issues with the postal service regarding significant delays in delivering letters and packages and people have experienced delays in receiving medication and other essential items in the mail.

 

Ashton acknowledged the hard work of postal workers in The Pas but the post office needs more full time staff and an offsite location for the mail that is local and not out of town and Ashton firmly believes that residents of the pas and area deserve the same quality of postal service like all Canadians.

Monthly Mayor Reports January 2021

The monthly mayor reports for January have been finalized. The Town of The Pas had mostly disturbances of the peace and mischief cases.

 

The RM of Kelsey again had mostly provincial traffic violations  and the Community of cormorant saw seven offences committed ranging from assault to break and enter.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #343

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s 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 4.8 per cent provincially and four per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 81 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,588.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• five cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 25 cases in the Northern health region; 
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• 28 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 20 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows:
• 1,582 active cases and 28,140 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 90 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 240 hospitalizations;
• 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 29 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 866.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,972 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 497,691.

Some COVID-19 testing locations across the province will have reduced hours for the Monday, Feb. 15 Louis Riel Day holiday. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html for regular and holiday hours at test locations.
 
Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Outbreaks have been declared at the Seven Oaks General Hospital unit 3U 4-7 and Riverview Health Centre, both in Winnipeg. These facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Poseidon Long Term Care Home, Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, Golden Door Geriatric Centre and Golden West Centennial Lodge, 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.
 
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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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.
 
Due to the Monday Feb. 15 Louis Riel Day holiday, there will be no bulletin or media briefing.  Both will resume Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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 #342

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital unit B5; and
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.9 per cent provincially and 3.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 90 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,507.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 13 cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 43 cases in the Northern health region; 
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 23 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows:
• 1,582 active cases and 28,063 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 92 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 152 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 244 hospitalizations;
• 14 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 32 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 862.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,890 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 495,715.

Some COVID-19 testing locations across the province will have reduced hours for Louis Riel Day, Monday, Feb. 15. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html for regular and holiday hours at test locations.
 
Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Outbreaks have been declared at the Rady Jewish Community Centre Early Learning Centre (Grosvenor) in Winnipeg and the Grassroots Early Learning and Child Care Centre in Thompson. These facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The chief provincial public health officer 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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 #341

Public health officials advise six additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Northern health region, linked to outbreaks at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home and St. Anthony’s General Hospital, dialysis unit;
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.2 per cent provincially and 4.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 59 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 57 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,471.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• one case in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 31 cases in the Northern health region; 
• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 21 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows:
• 1,573 active cases and 27,985 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 99 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 156 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 255 hospitalizations;
• 17 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 34 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 859.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,610 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 493,825.

Some COVID-19 testing locations across the province will have reduced hours for Louis Riel Day on Monday, Feb. 15. Visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html for regular and holiday hours at test locations.
 
Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

The outbreak has been declared over Donwood Manor 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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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.

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce is Pleased with Recent Announcement Regarding Easing Restrictions

This morning the Province of Manitoba announced the next steps of its cautious reopening plan. The new plan comes into effect on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH AT 12:01 AM, and will last for three weeks.

 

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the recent announcement from the Province easing restrictions on the northern region. “The announcement brings the North in alignment with southern businesses and allows some of our members to resume business, and this is a great thing,” stated Alan McLauchlan, Vice-President of The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

The orders will formalize the following changes for all of Manitoba, replacing the General COVID-19 Prevention Orders made on January 28th and the Northern Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders made on February 1, 2021.

 

The orders include the following changes, with further pandemic safety measures in place:

  • allowing restaurants and licensed premises to reopen at 25 per cent capacitywith patron groups limited to members of the same householdonly;
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  • allowing gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios to reopen at 25 per centcapacity;
  • allowing indoor sporting facilities as rinks, gymnastic clubs and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for individual instructiononly;
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  • allowing museums, art galleries and libraries to operate at 25 per centcapacity;

 

  • allowing personal service businesses, such as those providing pedicures,electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing or massage services to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
  • allowing photographers and videographers to offer services to individual clients or thoseresidinginthesamehouseholdinadditiontoprovidingservicesatweddings,with the exception of visiting clienthomes
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The new orders also bring the entire province under the same restrictions, where the northern region had previously been under separate orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Under the new orders, northern Manitoba will see the changes listed above in addition to the restrictions in place over the last three weeks for the rest of the province including:

 

  • household visitor restrictions of up to two designatedpeople,
  • visits of five people plus members of a household on an outdoor privateproperty,
  • retail stores open at 25 per cent capacity or 250 people maximum withadequate physical distancing,and
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Chamber President Jill Wilkinson appreciates the effort that people in The Pas/OCN/Kelsey have made in helping to reduce the number of active Covid cases, and encourages the community to keep following the protocols.

Please remember to wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough, stay home if sick, physically distance when outside the household, and reduce your number of contacts outside the house.

 

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

COVID-19 BULLETIN #340

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 60s from the Prairie Mountain Health region,
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.4 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 75 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, four cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 71 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,360.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 16 cases in the Northern health region; 
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 51 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,597 active cases and 27,910 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 104 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 162 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 266 hospitalizations;
• 15 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 33 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 853.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,322 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 492,213. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Public health officials advise a case of the B.117 COVID-19 variant of concern, which was first identified in the United Kingdom, has been identified in Manitoba. The case was related to international travel and the individual has since recovered. Initial test results were received on Jan. 22 and the test was sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory for DNA sequencing. The results were received late in the day yesterday. The individual had five contacts and to date, none has turned into a case. Any additional information will be provided as investigations continue.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Beacon Hill Lodge and Charleswood Care Centre in Winnipeg, at Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City and at Northern Spirit Manor 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.

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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

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 #339

Public health officials advise four additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 60s from the Northern health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Northern health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Morris General Hospital; and
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.9 per cent provincially and 4.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 53 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 52 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,289.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 12 cases in the Northern health region; 
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 31 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,622 active cases and 27,817 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 105 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 271 hospitalizations;
• 15 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 34 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 850.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,373 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 490,879. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.
 
Outbreaks have been declared at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface, Seven Oaks General Hospital Unit 3U1-3, and St. Amant Health and Transition Services, all in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin, Salem Home in Winkler, and Extendicare Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home and Seven Oaks General Hospital Unit 4U8-12 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.
 
All Manitoba child-care providers working in licensed child-care centres, nursery schools and family/group child-care homes, including eligible early child development specialists or autism applied behaviour analysts/consultants, are now able to access Fast Pass rapid testing at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site opened to eligible child-care providers today.
 
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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.
 
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 Bill 213

On November 24, 2020, I introduced Bill No. 213 - The Reporting of Supports for Child Survivors of Sexual Assault Act (Trained Health Professionals and Evidence Collection Kits). This will be my first bill as a Legislator.

 

The purpose if this bill is to help children and young people in northern and isolated communities access crucial health care when they have been sexually assaulted. Many communities, especially in northern Manitoba, do not   have the health professionals to provide support to children who are victims of sexual abuse. This means that if a minor comes forward to report a sexual assault, they have to leave their community and travel by plane to Winnipeg just so DNA evidence can be gathered and charges can be laid. It’s an unnecessary layer of trauma for victims and a very real obstacle to finding perpetrators of sexual assault. The minor cannot take a shower until they arrive in Winnipeg to collect DNA evidence.

 

Bill 213 would also require the province to report annually on the number of health professionals trained and approved to examine child victims of sexual assault. It would also require the province to publicly report on the number of sexual assault evidence kits available in all health regions.

 

Currently in Northern communities like The Pas, only adults have access to sexual assault kits administered by the RCMP. If a minor reports sexual assault they are flown to the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg where they are seen by a sexual assault nurse examiner. Health professionals use evidence kits to gather DNA evidence which can later be used by police to charge perpetrators of sexual assault.

 

This inequality in access to resources for victims of sexual assault has grave implications on the number of minors who report abuse and the mental and emotional health of young victims. The government needs to act today to invest in more resources for underage victims of sexual assault in the North and ensure communities have an adequate supply of trained health professionals and sexual assault examination kits.

 

The second reading of Bill No. 213 will take place when we return for spring session in March. Together with my NDP colleagues, we are looking forward to the debates and discussions in committee for this bill. By the end of session, we aiming to have to this bill passed and receive royal assent when session ends in June.

The Deadline is Approaching To Apply for Youth Job Grants

Urban and Hometown Green Team grant applications are now available for organizations to hire youth between the ages of 15 and 29 for summer jobs in Manitoba.

 

Green Team grants allow communities to hire youth aged 15 to 29 to work on community projects between May 1 and Aug. 31. Eligible recipients include non-profit organizations in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba and municipal governments in rural Manitoba.

 

Priorities for the 2021 summer season are focused on community-based organizations and municipal governments that can offer full-time employment opportunities for youth and on projects that support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

 

The grants cover 100 per cent of wage costs and 250 dollars per position for support costs in non-profit organizations. Municipal governments receive 50 per cent of wage costs and 125 dollars per position for support costs, on a cost-shared basis.

 

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. For more information on Green Team applications visit www.manitobago.ca.

Information of Future Forestry Plans is Coming to Your Community Virtually This Year

Canadian Kraft Paper and Nisokapawino Forestry Management Corporation is holding a virtual information meeting to discuss forest harvest and renewal plans.

 

For The Pas, Wanless, Cormorant, Cranberry Portage on the Saskatchewan River Forest Section the virtual meeting is Tomorrow at 7 pm

Meeting links are available by calling 204-623-8545, or on their website www.canadiankraftpaper.com.

The Pas & District Chamber of Commerce is Optimistic with Recent Announcements

On February 4, 2021, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial health officer, announced that the province is considering easing more of the Covid-19 restrictions, while continuing to prioritize the needs of the health- care system, and protecting Manitobans from the risks of COVID-19 and new variants.

 

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by this announcement as it will allow northern businesses to be open similar to ones in the southern regions of the Province

 

While Manitoba will remain in Code Red status, the province is considering changes to the following for all of Manitoba:

 

  • Allowing food services, including restaurants and lounges, to reopen at 25 per cent capacity with closure time of 10 p.m., limited to patron groups ofhousehold members
  • Allowing personal services, including nail salons and tattoo parlours, to reopenat 25 per cent capacity with adequate physical distancing, enhanced personal protective equipment measures and requirements to collect information for contact tracing purposes
  • Allowing gyms to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for one-on-one and individual training sessions with adequate physical distancing, with no groupclasses;
  • Allowing places of worship to reopen at a maximum of 10 per cent capacity or50 people, whichever is lower
  • Allowing libraries to reopen at a maximum of 25 per cent capacity, limitedto patron groups of householdmembers
  • Allowing organized outdoor sports to resume for games or practices (noteam tournaments)
  • Clarifying that addictions support and treatment groups can operatewith adequate physical distancing measures inplace

 

  • Allowing the film industry to resume work, with safety protocols inplace
  • Opening public washroom facilities with 25 cent capacity and enhanced signage
  • Increasing capacity for weddings to up to 10 people in addition to theofficiant andphotographer
  • allowing photographers to resume operations outdoors and with studiocapacity limited to patron groups of household membersonly

 

The Province is consulting with the public, and asking for feedback on the proposed changes, which would come into effect next week to replace current public health orders what expire at 11:59 pm on February 12, 2021.

 

Today, Dr. Roussin stated that that an official statement on the proposed changes will be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. It is expected that the new orders would come into effect after midnight February 13, 2021.

 

We encourage all northerners to share their views on EngageMB at https://engagemb.ca/restartmb-pandemic-response-system

COVID-19 BULLETIN #336

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a female in her 40s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is six per cent provincially and 3.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 110 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,078.

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

The data also shows:
• 3,353 active cases and 25,887 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 115 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 269 hospitalizations;
•  23 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 40 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 838.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,232 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 486,535. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

The outbreak at Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin has been declared over.

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

All Manitoba child-care providers working in licensed child-care centres, nursery schools and family/group child-care homes, including eligible early child development specialists or autism applied behaviour analysts/consultants, will soon be able to access Fast Pass rapid testing at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site will open to eligible child-care providers effective Feb. 8.

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 are encouraged to travel only if essential and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

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 Lot More Activities Could be Allowed in Manitoba

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reports the province is looking for your input on the next step in reopening our economy.  He listed some of the proposed changes to public health orders being considered. 

 

That includes allowing food services including restaurants and lounges to re-open to 25 percent capacity with closure time of 10pm, allowing personal services including nail salons and tattoo parlors to re-open at 25 percent capacity with adequate physical distancing and protective measures, allowing places of worship to re-open at a maximum of ten percent capacity with a cap of 50 people whichever is lower, allowing libraries to open at a maximum of 25 percent capacity with any group limited to households only and allowing organized outdoor sports to resume for games or practices however multi-team tournaments would not be allowed.

 

These proposed changes and others could come into effect at the end of next week following your input which can be provided at engagemb.ca.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #335

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.7 per cent provincially and 3.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 110 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,968.

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

The data also shows:
• 3,340 active cases and 25,791 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• there are 109 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 155 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 264 hospitalizations;
• there are 20 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 36 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 837.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,183 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 484,302. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Outbreaks have been declared over at the Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon and Seven Oaks General Hospital 5U1-3 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.

As part of government’s effort to protect Manitobans, students, parents and educators will have access to a new interactive, user-friendly dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases associated with public and independent schools.

The online tool reports and maps confirmed school-related cases of COVID-19 in public and independent schools using Manitoba’s Public Health Information Management System. It features recent and cumulative case counts, which will be updated twice weekly.

To be as transparent as possible, the dashboard also includes cases where the student or staff may not have been at school during period of communicability. The new dashboard is located at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/schools/.

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 are encouraged to limit their travel and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

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.

Fire on Ralls Island

The Pas Fire Crews responded to a report of a house fire early last Thursday morning on Ralls Island. Crews were able to put out the fire but the home was a complete loss.

 

The houses occupants were able to get out quickly thanks to working smoke alarms in their home and Fire Chief Randy Manych wants to remind everyone to ensure that everyone has working fire alarms in their homes and to test them regularly as they do save lives.

 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined but it is believed that the fire originated in or around the Garage.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #334

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Heritage Life Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.9 per cent provincially and 3.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 126 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 125 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,858.

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

The data also shows:
• 3,358 active cases and 25,665 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• there are 105 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 155 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 260 hospitalizations;
• there are 22 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 34 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 835.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,833 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 482,110. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Outbreaks have been declared over at Lions Prairie Manor Personal Care Home in Portage la Prairie and Actionmarguerite St. Joseph and Park Manor Personal Care Home, both 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 are encouraged to limit their travel and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

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.
 

Moffat Family Fund

Local charitable and non profit organizations are once again invited to apply for the Moffat Family Fund.

 

The deadline to apply is March the 5th at 4:30 in the afternoon and if you want more information visit the Kelsey Recreation and Wellness Centre Facebook page or call 204-627-1130.

The Pas Friendship Centre Scholarship

The Pas Friendship Centre is now accepting applications for their scholarship.

 

The scholarship is open to all indigenous students enrolled full time at any post secondary program at the University College of the North.

 

The deadline to apply is February 17th at 4:30 PM and you can find more information on how to apply on the TPFC Program Coordinator Facebook page. 

Niki Ashton and Amanda Lathlin Letter

Our MP Niki Ashton and Our local MLA Amanda Lathlin sent a letter to Doctor Brent Roussin to commend him and his staff for the work they have done to tackle the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

The letter also addressed the importance of addressing mental health issues in Northern Manitoba stating the pandemic has put a lot of stress on people in the north and more needs to be done to address mental health.

 

The letter can be read in its entirety on Niki Ashtons website

nikiashton.ndp.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #333

Due to a data reset, there are no deaths being reported today. The reset puts into place additional checks and balances, increases consistencies and improves regional data. The deaths will be updated and reported Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.6 per cent provincially and 4.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 83 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 82 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,733.

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

The data also shows:
• 3,421 active cases and 25,480 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• there are 99 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 155 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 254 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 in people with COVID-19 is 832.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,410 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 480,277. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

An outbreak has been declared at St. Boniface Hospital unit B5 in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak has been declared over at Oakview Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and Rest Haven Personal Care Home in Steinbach.

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 are encouraged to limit their travel and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

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.

Lifted Restrictions on Non Essential Items in Most of Northern Manitoba

In order to put a stop to Northern Manitobans Traveling to other regions to purchase non essential goods, the Provincial Government announced yesterday that stores in Northern Manitoba will be allowed to sell non essential items during the pandemic starting today.

 

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques spoke to Arctic Radio and said he was very happy to hear the good news and wants to encourage residents of the tri area to buy local as much as possible to support our small businesses.

FIRST NATIONS, PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS RELEASE VACCINATION PLANS TO PROTECT FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE FROM COVID-19

Public health officials from the First Nations Pandemic Response Co-ordination Team (PRCT) and Manitoba’s Vaccine Implementation Task Force today announced vaccination plans to protect First Nations people from across the province from COVID-19.

 

“First Nations people experience severe and significant effects of COVID-19, with an increasing proportion of cases and over-representation in hospitalizations, ICU admissions and death,” said Dr. Marcia Anderson, vice dean, Indigenous health and public health lead for Manitoba First Nation PRCT. “This means we need to ensure First Nations in Manitoba have access to the vaccine in an equitable and timely way – both to protect those most at risk, and to protect our health-care system from being overwhelmed.”

 

To date, 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been allocated to First Nations communities, with an additional 5,300 doses to be provided in mid- to late-February to be used as second doses for these individuals. Vials have been shipped to 63 First Nations to vaccinate:

  • Health-care workers in remote/ isolatedcommunities;
  • residents and staff of personal care homes or Elder Carefacilities;
  • individuals 60 years and over in remote/ isolated communities;and
  • individuals 70 years and over in non-remotecommunities.

 

“Because of the strong collaboration between First Nations and government partners, we have excellent First Nations-specific COVID-19 data that has guided our public health response and is informing these vaccine plans,” continued Anderson.

 

“The vaccination plans being announced today will ensure First Nations people have the maximum protection possible and is responsive to our shared priorities,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, medical officer of health and medical lead of the Vaccine Implementation Task Force.

 

The public health officials noted it is important to recognize that First Nations people who meet any current provincial eligibility criteria, such as health-care workers in the specified categories, will continue to be able to phone and book appointments as available at the super sites.

 

Moving forward, Anderson confirmed an additional 1,200 doses of Moderna have been made immediately available for further First Nations prioritizations and will be used for the following priority groups:

  • health-care workers in non-remote First Nations communities to ensure they are able to access appointments while the supply of the Pfizer vaccine is delayed at the super sites, including health-care workers with direct patient/ client interaction, such as doctors, nurses, health-care aides, home care workers, medical transportation drivers, and other direct service providers;
  • First Nations alternative isolation accommodation (AIA) workers at sites managed/supported by First Nations organizations;and
  • Traditional Healers/ Knowledge Keepers, as they play a key role as part of the health workforce, to ensure those who did not meet the age criteria or who live off-reserve can also access vaccination if theychoose.

 

These Moderna doses will be available through a pop-up site in Winnipeg, and also at hubs in Thompson, The Pas and Flin Flon. Where the number of eligible health-care workers is high enough, doses may be shipped directly to the community.

 

Reimer noted the province continues to expand its immunization efforts in the north. Over the next two weeks, eligible individuals in Northern Affairs communities including War Lake First Nation / Ilford, York Landing, Thicket Portage, Pikwitonei, Lynn Lake and Marcel Colomb First Nation, Leaf Rapids and Gillam / Fox Lake Cree Nation can receive their first dose of vaccine. First doses will also be available this week in Churchill to residents of the Elder care ward, Elders in community aged 70 or older, and health-care workers.

 

A Focused Immunization Team will visit KeKiNan Centre, an assisted-living facility for Indigenous seniors in Winnipeg, to offer first-dose immunizations this week.

 

Work will also continue with the Vaccine Implementation Task Force to ensure equitable access within the broader provincial vaccination plans. This includes ensuring younger First Nations people are able to access the vaccine sooner, both on and off reserve.

 

“Life expectancy for First Nations people is lower than for other Manitobans and the median age of severe outcomes is also much lower for First Nations people. And right now, First Nations people make up 50 per cent of all COVID-19 hospitalizations and 40 per cent of intensive care unit admissions,” said Anderson. “We will address this by ensuring younger First Nations people have access to the vaccine sooner to address the higher risk to First Nations people.”

 

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas stated, “I acknowledge and thank the First Nations PRCT for their continued exceptional work in the past 10 months and going forward. This diligent work continues to ensure that the safety and well-being of all Manitoba First Nation citizens are prioritized. I further acknowledge and thank our Manitoba First Nation Chiefs for their direction and quick thinking early last spring to assemble the PRCT. It was their forward thinking that ensured that we would be in the best possible position going forward.”

 

In Stage 2 of the province’s vaccine rollout plans, the province will begin offering vaccination to people over the age of 80. When this begins, First Nations people over the age of 60 will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine. This will ensure the higher levels of risk experienced by First Nations people is addressed based on the epidemiological evidence and disproportional impact of COVID-19 on First Nations people in Manitoba.

 

“This approach is beneficial for First Nations people and all Manitobans,” said Health and Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson. “It is essential that we ensure equitable access to vaccines for First Nations people to reduce their risk, but also to reduce the strain on hospitals and allow the reinstatement of services such as elective surgeries.”

 

Within the congregate living facilities prioritization, the proportion of First Nations individuals will also be taken into account to ensure the higher levels of risk experienced by First Nations people is recognized.

 

The public health officials also noted that next steps including focusing planning on how to support urban Indigenous populations, and reaching out to Métis and Inuit counterparts to develop these plans.

 

For more information on Manitoba’s overall COVID-19 vaccination plans, visit: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html.

 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #332

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including: 
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville; 
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.9 per cent provincially and 4.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 89 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 87 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,651.

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

The data also shows:
• 3,466 active cases and 25,353 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• there are 104 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 151 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 255 hospitalizations;
• there are 27 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 38 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 832.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,603 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 478,810. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

An outbreak has been declared at Actionmarguerite St. Joseph personal care home in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.  

In partnership with the chief and council from Pauingassi First Nation, provincial public health officials continue to see a trend of concerning case numbers and are working with the community and other partners to address the situation. The community has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The chief and council have directed that public gatherings are not permitted and community residents are required to stay at home. People should only leave their residence to seek testing or medical care, or to send one person from a household for essential supplies. People who work in essential services are able to leave their residence for work. Non-medical masks must be worn outside the home.

The outbreak has been declared over at Actionmarguerite St. Vital 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, www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.  
 
In an effort to reduce intraprovincial travel, the orders will be modified to eliminate the essential items list for northern Manitoba communities. This will allow all stores in the north to open for the sale of products provided physical distancing is maintained and occupancy limits of 25 per cent only or a maximum of 250 people, whichever is lower. This will go into effect tonight at 11:59 p.m. 

Effective today, individuals working in licensed child-care centres, nursery schools and family/group child-care homes within Winnipeg or the Hanover and Seine River school division boundaries will 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 open today for eligible child-care providers. 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

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