The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-03

COVID-19 BULLETIN #389

Public health officials advise that one additional death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:
• a male in his 80s from Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Grace Hospital unit 3 South.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.8 per cent provincially and 3.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 71 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 70 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,122.

Public health officials are announcing that 17 new screened or sequenced cases of variants of concerns have been detected – four from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and 13 from the Winnipeg health region.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,181 active cases and 32,006 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 63 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 83 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 146 hospitalizations; 
• 12 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 28 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 935; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
? B.1.1.7 is 232;
? B.1.351 is 20;
? cases that have not been categorized is 15; and
? the total number of variant of concern cases is 267.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,251 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 582,697.  

The outbreak at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface in Winnipeg has been declared over.

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. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

Structure Fire in Valleyview Trailer Court

This past Sunday The Pas Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in the Valleyview Trailer Court 

 

It was reported that the structure was fully involved by the time  the fire crews arrived and the exact cause of the fire is not known as of news time and it’s not clear how long it took crews to contain the blaze.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #388

Public health officials advise that no additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.3 per cent provincially and 3.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 77 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,052.

 

Public health officials are announcing that 11 new screened or sequenced cases of variants of concerns have been detected, one from the Interlake–Eastern health region, three from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and seven from the Winnipeg health region.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• one case in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 27 cases in the Northern health region;  
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 43 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,197 active cases and 31,921 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 64 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 86 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 150 hospitalizations; 
• 13 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 31 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 934; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
f{ B.1.1.7 is 199;
f{ B.1.351 is 14;
f{ cases that have not been categorized is 37; and
f{ the total number of variant of concern cases is 250.

 

Numbers in yesterday’s bulletin provided an incorrect breakdown and total of variants of concern due to a data processing error. The error has since been corrected and the data listed today is now accurate.

 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,163 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 580,442.  

 

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. 

 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

12 Million Dollar Grant for Affordable Housing in Manitoba

The Town of The Pas is one of ten towns that will be taking advantage of a 12 million dollar grant for affordable housing.

 

According to Families Minister Rochelle Squires the funding will assist Manitoba Municipalities that face barriers with housing.

 

Thompson and Flin Flon will also receive some of the funding.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #387

Public health officials advise that no additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.2 per cent provincially and 3.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 53 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,975.

Public health officials are announcing that 136 new screened and sequenced cases of variant of concerns have been detected, five from the Interlake–Eastern health region, 14 from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and 117 from the Winnipeg health region.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,177 active cases and 31,864 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 66 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 83 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 149 hospitalizations; 
• 11 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 27 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 934; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 116, the total number of variant of concern cases of B.1.351 is 14, and the total number of variant of concern cases that have not been categorized is 129, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 259. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,685 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 579,262.  

An outbreak has been declared at St. Amant Health and Transition Services in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa in Winnipeg has been declared over.

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. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.  

Amanda Lathlin March 26th

It’s no understatement to say that this last year has been very difficult for Northern educators, students and parents.

 

Remote learning was a nightmare for many, given the lack of reliable internet access in the North. Many families don’t even have access to internet at their homes making it impossible for those students to tune into class. Teachers worked overtime to try and tailor their classes to COVID guidelines, causing stress and burnout for many.

 

Despite these issues, educators persevered to ensure that students could continue learning.  Our school divisions recognized the region-specific problems the North faced and took action to try and solve them. School divisions, trustees, principals and teachers quickly adapted to COVID restrictions, logging a lot of OT hours in order to plan and keep our kids safe. And when the province shifted to remote learning, they sent paper packages to students without internet access so they could still learn course material.

 

Our school divisions would not have been able to respond in the way they did if they didn’t recognize issues specific to their region. This is exactly what’s wrong with the Pallister government’s Bill 64: ‘the Education Modernization Act’. This is bad bill. This bill seeks to replace Manitoba’s 37 school divisions with 15 regional councils, scrap all school boards and fails to address the real barriers to our children’s education and child poverty. These changes remove decision-making from the local level and put it in the hands of a new authority who is handpicked by the Premier. Under these changes, transparency and accountability will be drastically reduced and the province will now have total control over Northern education. As the Official Opposition, we are holding back this bill until the fall so that parents and educators can have the chance to respond.

 

It’s hard to trust that the province will make the appropriate decisions regarding what’s best for Northern education when they’ve botched the Northern vaccine rollout and have virtually ignored our region for their years in office. The further away from the classroom the worse the decision making gets and the same is true geographically – the further away from our region, the worse the decision making. It simply doesn’t make sense to have someone in Winnipeg decide how our schools are run.

 

Last week, we had two late nights in the Manitoba Legislative chamber voting and debating on 44 bills. This week, all MLAs are home working in their constituencies for a week and return for session on April 6.

 

If you’re concerned about the government’s changes to our school systems or if you have any other questions, comments or concerns, I can be reached at Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

COVID 19 Vaccination Clinics in The Pas

The Pas will have two COVID 19 vaccination clinics next month.

 

They will both be held at the ROY H Johnston Arena from 10:30 AM until 6:30 on April 7th and the 14th.

 

For more information on these clinics and COVID 19 vaccines visit Manitoba.ca/covid 19/vaccine

COVID-19 BULLETIN #384

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Northern health region; and
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.4 per cent provincially and 3.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 116 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 114 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,810.

Public health officials are announcing that 46 new confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern have been detected, 44 from the Winnipeg health region and two from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 55 cases in the Northern health region;  
• three 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:
• 1,169 active cases and 31,709 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 58 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 84 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 142 hospitalizations; 
• 12 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 31 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 932; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 109 and B.1.351 is 14, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 123. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,959 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 573,567. 

The outbreak at Actionmarguerite St. Joseph personal care home in Winnipeg has been declared over.
 
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. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

February Monthly Mayor Reports

The monthly mayor reports for February concluded that the town of The Pas had mainly disturbances of the peace 180 in total.

 

The RM of Kelsey once again had mostly provincial traffic violations a total of 40

 

And the community of Cormorant had mainly mischief cases.

Flin Flon RCMP lay charges in homicide investigation

On August 11, 2020, Flin Flon RCMP received a report of an infant in medical distress in the Town of Flin Flon. Officers attended along with EMS and located an unresponsive 10-month old female who was pronounced deceased.

In January 2021, RCMP received further information that indicated that the injuries sustained by the 10-month old were not accidental and the matter was now deemed to be a homicide.

On March 23, 2021, 25-year-old Robert Alexander Bear, of Sandy Bay, SK, was arrested at his residence and remanded into custody on a charge of 2nd Degree Murder. Arrangements are currently underway to return Robert Bear to Manitoba for a court appearance.

Flin Flon RCMP along with Major Crime Services continue to investigate.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #383

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:


• a male in his 70s from Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge personal care home.

 

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, 111 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, six cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 105 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,696.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• zero cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 53 cases in the Northern health region;  
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 46 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,109 active cases and 31,658 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 61 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 85 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 146 hospitalizations; 
• 14 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 30 ICU patients; 
• due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed so the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 929; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 63 and B.1.351 is 14, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 77. 

 

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 215 cases to ‘recovered’ from ‘active’ and provides a more accurate reporting of active cases.

 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,747 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 571,588. 
 
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. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Mayor Herb Jaques Address Issues with the Homeless

The Pas Mayor Herb Jaques took part in a Northern Mayors interview earlier this week where he talked about some of the challenges our community is facing and how the province needs to assist with issues in the North such as homelessness and addiction.

 

Jaques says that the situation with the homeless is not going to be solved just by The Town of The Pas adding that many of the homeless that come to The Pas and cause mischief are banned from their home communities, as a result Jaques believes that these Northern communities need to do more to help their own residents.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #382

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

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.6 per cent provincially and 3.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 81 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 80 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,591.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,261 active cases and 31,401 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 58 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 80 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 138 hospitalizations; 
• 14 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 27 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 929; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 63 and B.1.351 is 14, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 77. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,458 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 568,790. 
 
Outbreaks have been declared at Grace Hospital unit 3 South, MD Practice Solutions of Manitoba Inc (100-205 Fort St.), and CN Rail (821 Lagimodiere Blvd.) all in Winnipeg. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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. 

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, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.   

 

 

AMC calls on Province to Immediately Fund Northern Healing Lodge

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba  The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) along with Cree Nation Tribal Health (CNTH), Swampy Cree Tribal Council jointly release an urgent call to the Province for immediate funding the Northern Healing Lodge: a much-needed addictions treatment and recovery centre that would be used for all citizens in the region.  

 

The Northern Healing Lodge was set to be a place of healing, based in the wholistic person-centred approaches relative to First Nations historic cultural competencies in a land-based setting. The facility was to be located on 10 acres of land near the former Guy Hill Residential School, 20 kms away from The Pas and 3 kms away from an airport. The natural, forested setting would allow participants to embrace the healing powers of nature as they reconnect with traditional ways to heal. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Manitoba, the entire twenty-million-dollar, 50 bed project ground to a halt. To date, the project is stalled at the completion of Phase 1 and remains with the Province to keep momentum going at this critical time. 

 

CNTH is the health component for the Swampy Cree Tribal Council, located in The Pas, Manitoba and offers assessment and referral services,?community-based alcohol and other drug counselling,?promotion of healthy lifestyles,?and?prevention activities in First Nations. Assistant Director CNTH Frank Turner stated, “This centre has been long overdue and currently sits at a halt. Our Nations are suffering. We are seeing young people with great potential die. We are seeing adults living lives of despair and hopelessness, despite the resilience that lives within all of us. I am tired of going to wakes. We need the Province to step up right now. 

 

It is well documented that First Nations citizens are disproportionately impacted by addictions. Alcohol and drugs were introduced to First Nations persons after the coming of the Settlers to Canada. As such, the tolerance for alcohol and substance is lower than that of many other Canadians. High rates of poverty, a high proportion of displaced First Nation citizens who have also lost land, culture and language are known to be at increased risk for addictions. These negative outcomes can be alleviated with proper treatment and treatment facilities. The land for this project has been selected and designated, but that is only Phase 1 of this project. When COVID-19 hit Manitoba, this project came to a standstill. Now, we are not only seeing the needs of our citizens in general, but also see the increased need to get the Northern Healing Lodge up and running due to COVID-19. This is literally a life and death situation, continued Turner.  

 

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas stated, “the Assembly is fully in support of moving this much needed project forward and calls on the Province to immediately step up with much needed funding. While the Assembly is pleased to see that Phase 1 of the project has been completed, now is not the time to sit idly by while First Nations citizens require the most support. Everyone understands that COVID-19 has made things challenging, but that is just the point. The Northern Healing Lodge is needed right now more than ever to ensure that Northern citizens have a place to seek help. Our Nations are disproportionality affected and yet are left without a place to attend when they seek help. I urge both levels of government to immediately work with First Nations to move this forward.” 

 

Onekanew Christian Sinclair stated, “We believe that this project is vital to continue the healing process of our people.  As you know the recent opioid crisis is only adding to the stress on our existing capacity to serve those who are suffering from substance abuse issues.  Current facilities do not adequately serve those in need, especially in the north.  Nor do these service

Opaskwayak Cree Nation COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic

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The Pas Variation Application

During Monday Night’s committee of the whole meeting an issue sheet regarding a variation application for 209 Fischer Avenue was brought up.

 

According to the issue sheet The Pas Family Resource Centre is hoping to build a new private club at the location but a variation is required as they do not meet all the bulk requirements.

 

A public hearing on this variation application is scheduled for April 26th to allow people to voice any concerns they may have on this application.

The full issue sheet can be found on townofthepas.ca

Town of The Pas Accessibility Plan

The Town of The Pas has approved their newest accessibility plan.

 

Part of the plan is to create an accessible public service policy and the town has already been offering accessible services to residents with a disability at the front counter of the town office.

 

Another part of the plan is to create an employee emergency safety plan and an accessibility working group to come up with other plans to make the town more accessible.

 

The plan can be read in full on townofthepas.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #381

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:


• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg Health Region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent provincially and 3.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 98 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, five cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 93 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,511.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• three cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 31 cases in the Northern health region;  
• four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 57 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:


• 1,247 active cases and 31,335 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 63 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 79 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 142 hospitalizations; 
• 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 25 ICU patients; 


• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 929; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 63 and B.1.351 is 14, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 77. 

 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,575 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 566,327. 
 
An outbreak has been declared at Extendicare Tuxedo Villa in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

 

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. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

MANITOBA REMAINS AT 'CRITICAL' ON PANDEMIC RESPONSE SYSTEM

Based on feedback from Manitobans, concerns over rising variants case numbers and the need to maintain the stability of the health-care system, the Manitoba government is making minor changes to the current public health orders and will remain at the ‘critical’ (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, while continuing to balance the needs of the health-care system, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial health officer, announced today.
 
“At every step of the way throughout this pandemic, we’ve endeavored to reach out directly to Manitobans to get their input and perspectives on a variety of measures and their comfort level with learning to live with this virus. Once again, I want to thank Manitobans for providing their feedback for the next stages of our gradual reopening,” said Pallister. “As more Manitobans get back to doing some of the activities they love and have missed over the past few months, it is crucial that we continue to follow the fundamentals and avoid the activities that are known to cause the greatest risk.”
 
Following feedback from Manitobans, only a limited number of the options proposed late last week will be implemented in the next round of public health orders. The following changes to public health orders go into effect on Friday, March 26 at 12:01 a.m. and will expire on April 15:
• increasing gathering limits at outdoor public places to 25 from 10 people;
• increasing gathering limits at weddings and funerals to 25 from 10 people; 
• maintaining the capacity limits for retail stores at 50 per cent, but expanding the in-store limits to a 500-person capacity, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect; and
• relaxing rules for drive-in events to allow people to leave their vehicles while still observing public health measures.
 
Roussin noted that changes to indoor or outdoor gathering sizes at personal residences or in restaurants will not be introduced, as prolonged contact has a higher risk of transmitting the virus.
 
“We are carefully monitoring our hospitalization data and case numbers of cases linked to variants of concern to ensure that as we gradually reopen, we continue to have capacity in the system,” said Roussin. “That said, we are going to see more cases and more exposures as we slowly reopen. COVID-19 will be here to stay for awhile, and we need to work together to manage its effects and protect our most vulnerable. We can continue to do this by following the fundamentals including mask wearing, frequent handwashing, staying home when sick and getting vaccinated when eligible.”

Additional changes may be considered after spring break, Passover and Easter if data supports making further reopening efforts, Roussin said. 

The new public health orders follow priorities set out by Manitobans in response to the survey launched on March 18 with proposed changes. Nearly 32,000 responses were provided on the proposals and preliminary results indicated:
• 53 per cent of respondents felt increasing gathering limits at outdoor public places to 25 people is an appropriate next step;
• 48 per cent of respondents felt increasing gathering limits at weddings, funerals and other gatherings to 25 people is an appropriate next step;
• 45 per cent of respondents felt expanding capacity limits for retail stores to 50 per cent or 500 people, whichever is lower, is an appropriate next step;
• respondents indicated that their top priority of the proposed public health changes was increasing gathering limits at an outdoor public place to 25 people; and
• 39 per cent of respondents indicated that bigger changes should wait until after Passover and Easter or later to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
 
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

Manitoba Mineral Development Fund

Applications are open for the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund, a fund delivered by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce with a goal of starting mineral and economic development initiatives.

 

Application forms and more information on the MMDF can be found on mbchamber.mb.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #380

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg Health Region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.2 per cent provincially and 3.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 66 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 65 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,418.
 
Additionally, public health officials are announcing one confirmed case to be a result of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern have been detected. This case is from the Prairie Mountain Health region. 

Public health officials note cases of variants of concerns are announced following the identification of a positive test result once a screening and sequencing process is completed. They are not included in the new case totals announced daily.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,205 active cases and 31,285 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 76 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 138 hospitalizations; 
• 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 25 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 928; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 63 and B.1.351 is 14, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 77. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,533 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 564,735. 
 
The outbreak has been declared over at St. Boniface Hospital unit E5.

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. 

As of March 23, the following individuals are eligible for to access a rapid testing appointment at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg, whether or not they are showing symptoms:
• all Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and other staff working in schools and directly with students; and
• Manitoba staff working in licensed centre-based child-care facilities and child-care providers or individuals working in licensed home-based facilities.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Town of The Pas 2021 Budget Hearing

The Town of The Pas is scheduled to hold a public budget hearing for the 2021 financial plan.

 

The plan is set to be completed by April 23rd and the hearing will be held at the Municipal office at 5:30 in the evening on April 26th.

 

The hearing will give people an opportunity to ask questions or show support or opposition.

The Pas RCMP Respond to Two Separate Firearm Incidents in the Community

On March 18, 2021, at approximately 7:00pm, The Pas RCMP received a report of a male with a handgun, walking through parking lots on Smith Avenue in The Pas. While officers were en route, they were advised that the male was pointing the gun towards homes in the area.

 

Officers arrived on the scene, located the male, advised him he was under arrest, and ordered him to drop the gun. The suspect ran away from the scene and disposed of the handgun. After a brief pursuit, officers arrested the suspect without incident. Officers also located the firearm, which was determined to be a pellet gun.

 

An 18-year-old male from The Pas is currently in custody, with charges pending.

 

On March 19, 2021, just after 1:00am, officers received another report of a male firing a handgun on Cathedral Avenue in The Pas.

 

Officers located the suspect a short distance away, and advised him that he was under arrest and to drop the gun. The suspect, a 32-year-old male from The Pas, complied and he was arrested without incident. The handgun was determined to be a BB gun.

 

The male remains in police custody with charges pending.

 

In both incidents, there was no injuries or damages reported. Both incidents are still under investigation.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #377

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:


• a male in his 30s from the Northern health region.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.7 per cent provincially and 3.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 93 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 91 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,176.

No new cases of variants of concern have been identified as of today.

 

However, further reviews have reclassified one case previously identified as a B.1.1.7 variant of concern case as a B.1.351 variant of concern case.

Public health officials note cases of variants of concerns are announced following the identification of a positive test result once a screening and sequencing process is completed. They are not included in the new case totals announced daily.

 

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

The data also shows:
• 1,127 active cases and 31,130 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 58 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 78 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 136 hospitalizations; 
• 10 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 21 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 919; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 62 and B.1.351 is 14, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 76. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,130 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 559,430. 
 
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 at Concordia Place Personal Care Home and at the Rady Jewish Community Centre’s Early Learning Centre, 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. 

 

Effective today, public health officials strongly recommend COVID-19 testing before travel to First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Relations communities, and before someone returns to a community if a resident has been away for more than 48 hours.
 
Testing is not required for individuals with a previous lab-confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past three months. Testing is recommended for individuals who have received one or two doses of vaccine.
 
Individuals without symptoms of COVID-19 travelling to, or returning to, a First Nations or Indigenous and Northern Relations community can seek testing within three days of travel at no cost at several COVID-19 testing sites in Winnipeg, Thompson and The Pas. For more information, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/testing/index.html

 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including information the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

Infrastructure Bank Launches Indigenous Development Initiative

The Canada Infrastructure Bank is launching a program to offer low-interest and long-term financing for Indigenous infrastructure projects.

 

The bank says the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Initiative will offer loans of at least $5 million for up to 80 per cent of the capital cost associated with green infrastructure, clean power, broadband internet, transportation and trade projects.

 

The loans are meant to create economic growth in Indigenous communities, enhance energy security, reduce greenhouse gases and give more people access to reliable internet and safe drinking water.

 

The program comes after the federal government urged the bank to allocate at least $1 billion for Indigenous infrastructure projects in February.

 

First Nations communities alone face an infrastructure deficit totalling as much as $30 billion, said a 2016 report from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

 

A 2020 analysis from the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., which represents the territory's Inuit and their rights under the Nunavut Act, didn't quantify the infrastructure gap across its community, but found the territory's infrastructure is commonly “inadequate, in poor repair, or altogether absent” when compared with the Canadian baseline.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #376

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:


• a female in her 60s from Southern Health–Santé Sud region and linked to the outbreak at the Portage District General Hospital.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.7 per cent provincially and 3.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 91 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 89 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 33,085. 

 

Public health officials are announcing 11 additional confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in the United Kingdom. Nine cases are in the Winnipeg health region and two are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. One confirmed case of the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in South Africa has been detected in the Prairie Mountain Health region. Case investigations continue and if public health identifies a risk, the public will be notified.

 

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

The data also shows:
• 1,089 active cases and 31,078 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 60 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 86 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 146 hospitalizations; 
• 11 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 23 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 918; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 63 and B.1.351 is 13, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 76. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,473 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 557,277. 
 
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.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #375

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

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.4 per cent provincially and 3.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 96 new cases of the virus have been identified.  However, three cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 93 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,996. 

 

Public health officials are announcing that nine additional confirmed cases as a result of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in the United Kingdom have been detected. The cases identified today are all from the Winnipeg health region.

 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in Interlake-Eastern health region; 
• 51 cases in the Northern health region;  
• one case in Prairie Mountain Health;  
• two cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and  
• 40 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,035 active cases and 31,044 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 61 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 88 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 149 hospitalizations; 
• 10 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 21 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 917; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 52 and B.1.351 is 12, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 64. 

 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,007 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 554,775. 
 
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 of a possible exposure to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern at Costco (St. James), 1315 St. James St., Winnipeg on Mar. 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Any person experiencing symptoms since attending the site should isolate immediately and go for testing. For further assistance, contact 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

Outbreaks have been declared at River East Personal Care Home, Heritage Lodge Long Term Care Home and Extendicare/Oakview Place, all of which are in Winnipeg. The 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, 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 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.

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.

Local Youth Organizes Virtual Family Ice Fishing Derby

Blaze Head, a high school student and member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN), organized a virtual family ice fishing derby on Saskatchewan River from Umpherville to BigEddy.

 

OCN Community members can fish on their own time between March 15–21 and send in a recorded video for the chance to win over $3,000 in prizes in categories like biggest fish, ugliest fish and keeping the tradition alive (teaching your child how to fillet a fish)! And there’s already an early contender for most fish caught.

 

“Day one went great,” said Blaze. “Someone went crazy and caught 22 fish!”

 

He planned the event as part of Project Learning Tree Canada’s (PLT Canada) Green Leaders program. Blaze also partnered with the Opaskwayak Health Authority’s Mino-Pimatisewin Program, OCN CFS Family Enhancement, Jr O&O, OCN Recreation and OCN Youth Centers to put on the COVID-safe event.

 

“My project’s goal is to teach the young or other older community members how to fish,” said Blaze. “I hope to better engage the community with the rich land resources around here.”

 

The high school student also participated in the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP) this past summer, where he got hands-on forestry experience with tasks like tree planting and brush cutting. OYEP is a PLT Canada Green Jobs employer—PLT Canada offers a 50 per cent wage match to hire youth aged 15–30 in the forest, conservation or parks sectors.

 

“I applied for my Green Job because I really like the outdoors and doing good deeds for the environment,” said Blaze. “My favourite part was meeting lifetime friends and all the knowledge and experience I gained.”

 

About PLT Canada’s Green Leaders Program

 

PLT Canada believes in a society that values and benefits from sustainably managed forests and the great outdoors. In January, the organization launched the Green Leaders Program, which involves mentorship, skill development, and community action. The green leaders, aged 18-25, plan and implement a community-based project which could be an event, campaign or another initiative of their choice! Participants receive up to $1,500 from PLT Canada to deliver their project along with training and development workshops to help support their success. During the four-month program, the green leaders are also matched with mentors from the forest and conservation sector to help them complete their project and plan their green career pathway.

The Pas RCMP Investigating Fatality

On March 16, 2021, at 8:35 am, officers from The Pas RCMP Detachment responded to a call of a unresponsive female located in Devon Park in The Pas.

 

Upon arrival, officers were advised by EMS that the female was pronounced deceased on scene.
 
The death does not appear to be criminal in nature but The Pas RCMP along with our Major Crime Services, Forensic Identification Services and the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office continue to investigate.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #374

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

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.2 per cent provincially and 3.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 111 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 110 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,903.
 
Public health officials are announcing that 13 additional confirmed cases because of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in the United Kingdom and one confirmed case because of the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in South Africa have been detected. The cases identified today are all from the Winnipeg health region.

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

The data also shows:
• 989 active cases and 30,997 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 58 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 93 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 151 hospitalizations; 
• 10 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 22 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 917; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 43 and B.1.351 is 12, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 55. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,515 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 552,738. 

 

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 of a possible COVID-19 exposure on the morning of March 12 until 1 p.m. at Wilson Court, 301 Kroeker Ave. in Steinbach. Any person experiencing symptoms since attending the site should isolate immediately and go for testing. For further assistance, contact 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.

Another Successful Jimmy Jackfish Derby

Rocky Lake Manitoba, – Even the restrictive health orders did not stop the Jimmy Jackfish Derby from happening.

 

“We were lucky to be one of the only derbies to happen last year”, said Johanna McLauchlan, Chairperson of the derby. “We struggled with the health restriction on how to make a derby this year and then we found FishDonkey!”

 

The FishDonkey App is a online virtual fishing platform for derbies and it is used throughout the world.  With the app downloaded on their smart phone people could fish on any lake north of the 53rd parallel in Manitoba and enter the derby.

 

                “It really is amazing technology “, Stated Don Gamache , derby committee member, “ you down load the app, enter the derby and then go fishing!. When you catch a fish you take some photographs of the fish on a measuring board and a release video and enter the derby through the app”

The derby this year started on March 1st and ended on March 14th which is a change from the usual one-day derby.

 

                 “The derby format changed somewhat to allow fishers time to get onto the lake taking into consideration the possibility of bad weather” ,said Ken Gurba, Finance Chair of the derby. “This allowed more flexibility for the fishers and a better chance to get on the Leaderboard”

 

Communities including Lynn Lake in the north, Norway house and Cross Lake in the East and The Pas in the south all were represented by fishers in the derby.  Fish were entered in one of three division- Walleye, Northern Pike and Burbot.

 

                “ We had 116 people fishing and 157 fish were caught during the derby” said Peter McLauchlan sponsor and committee member. ” we are happy with the result and glad that people had fun”

 

The leader board consisted of 23 prizes and the top entry in each division received 20% of the take which resulted in a cash prize of $928. Additional prizes from the sponsors we given to winning fishers

Several businesses sponsor the derby including Pete’s Pro Tackle , Northland Leisure, RAG 1987 Ltd, Shanes, Profit’s, Rocky Lake Birchworks, Eskimo Ice Fishing and Acme Tackle Company.

 

Proceeds from the derby go towards community enhancement including repair of the boat launch at the East Shore.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #373

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

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent provincially and 3.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 50 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,793.

Additionally, public health officials are announcing 18 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern have been detected. One case is from the Interlake–Eastern health region and 17 are from the Winnipeg health region. Case investigations continue and public health will advise if there is a risk to the public. 

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

The data also shows:
• 908 active cases and 30,968 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 56 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 95 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 151 hospitalizations; 
• 11 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 23 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 917; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 30 and B.1.351 is 11, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 41. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,516 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 551,209. 

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/.

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. 
 
Outbreaks have been declared over at Poseidon Care Centre in Winnipeg, the Heritage Life Personal Care Home in Niverville and Valleyview Care Centre Long Term Care Home in Brandon.

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

OCN Video Lotto Centre Reopens

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation Video Lotto Centre opened its doors again last Friday with New Regulations.

 

Smoking is not permitted at the facility and people will be screened before being allowed to enter.

 

Other COVID 19 related practices such as social distancing will also be required.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #370

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today: 
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.1 per cent provincially and three per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 104 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 98 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,607.

Additionally, public health officials are announcing one confirmed case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern has been detected. The case identified today is from the Winnipeg health region and is related to travel.  

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

The data also shows:
• 872 active cases and 30,823 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 54 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 100 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 154 hospitalizations; 
• 10 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 22 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 912; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 12 and B.1.351 is 11, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 23.

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 392 cases to ‘recovered’ from ‘active’ and provides a more accurate reporting of active cases.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,195 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 546,239. 
 
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. 
 
An outbreak has been declared at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sarto. The site has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. Any members of the public that attended any events at, or in relationship to, the church on Feb. 21 should present for testing if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.

The outbreak has been declared over at Red River Place Personal Care Home in Selkirk.

Manitoba’s acute care facilities, including hospitals and health centres, as well as licensed personal care homes will soon begin providing all visitors and outpatients with a medical mask at the point of entry or screening. Date of implementation may vary by region and/or facility but will occur provincewide over the week of March 15.

Visitors and outpatients will be asked to change from their non-medical mask to the provided medical mask, which should be worn for the duration of their visit unless it is required to be removed for the purpose of receiving medical care. 

This change does not apply to fee for service clinics, primary care clinics or community health services. Exceptions remain in place for individuals who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons and for children under the age of five. 

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.  

AMC announces a COVID-19 Awareness Youth Video Contest

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is issuing a challenge to all First Nations youth ages 18 years-old and younger, to enter a contest about COVID-19 and vaccine awareness as we mark the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba.

 

The contest will run for a period of two weeks in which all First Nations youth residing in Manitoba will be provided with a choice of three video ideas that they will use to act out scenarios to teach not only each other about safe COVID-19 practices like hand washing and social distancing, but also general rules about how to safely engage with friends and family who have received the vaccine already.

 

The prizes for this contest will be an assortment of technology products such as tablets, wireless headphones and other tech products to reward their creativity and advocacy for safe COVID-19 practices that can be later used for their studies and schooling.

 

AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas stated, “This is a great way for our First Nation youth to not only learn a bit more about safety measures for COVID-19 but also how they can become advocates to keep those who have since received the vaccine safe as well. The Assembly is especially keen to ensure that the prizes are also something that youth can use to enhance their learning options with the latest technology.”

 

Instructions:

 

Select one of the following storyboards to act out (see below);

Record a 1-minute video (maximum time) to highlight best and safest practices for each storyboard;

Post that video to Facebook tagging AMC’s official Facebook page and use the hashtag

#AMCContest2021 between the dates March 12 – March 26th, 2021.

 

SCRIPT 1 Concept/Storyboard:

A child’s grandmother just received her vaccination yesterday. Everyone is very excited and happy that she is safer now. She telephones her grandchild(ren) and asks them to visit her that day for a much-needed hug. They have to explain to her that it is not safe yet but ask that they continue to talk on the phone with her for now.

 

SCRIPT 2 Concept/Storyboard:

Two kids/youths/teens are playing video games and are speaking to each other over their headsets or phone/text each other saying that it would be more fun if they hung out together instead of alone at home. One then reminds the other how important it is to stay home and stay safe not only for themselves but their elders in their community.

 

SCRIPT 3 Concept/Storyboard:

A parent/ caregiver is no longer doing a very good job of hand washing and wearing their masks properly. The child/youth/teen kindly reminds them how important it is to stay safe by properly washing their hands giving them a step-by-step instruction on how to and shows them how to properly wear a mask and how far apart 6 feet is.

 

Following March 26, 2021, the videos submitted will be considered by members of the First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team (PRCT) to select the first, second and third place videos.

 

Winners will be announced in April 2021.

 

The Pas Handi Van Pledge Show Results

The results for The Pas Handi Van Pledge Show are In. A total of $16,517,25 was raised.

 

The 25 cents is special as an 8 year old girl donated $22.25 out of her own piggy bank for the cause.

 

All the donations from community members are greatly appreciated.

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Calling on the Province to Ease Inter Provincial Travel Restrictions

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce has called on Dr Brent Roussin and the province of Manitoba to ease interprovincial travel restrictions to Northern Manitoba.

 

A letter sent to Dr Roussin stated that travel restrictions are continuing to have a negative effect on tourism in the North adding that visitors from other provinces contribute to the local economy.

 

The owner of one lodge says he hopes the government has learned from the past year and understand that we are capable of staying safe and keeping tourism alive in the province.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #369

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today: 
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface; and
• a male in his 70s from the Northern health region. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.7 per cent provincially and 2.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 91 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 88 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,509.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,204 active cases and 30,394 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 54 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 102 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 156 hospitalizations; 
• eight people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 22 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 911; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 11 and B.1.351 is 11, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 22.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,116 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 544,042. 

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 is advising of a possible exposure to a probable B.1.1.7 variant of concern case at the following locations:
• March 5 – Silver Heights Restaurant at 2169 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg from 5 to 7 p.m.;
• March 6 – Chicken Chef Restaurant at Unicity Mall, 3770 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg from 5 to 7 p.m.; and
• March 6 – Garden City Hairstylists in the Garden City Shopping Centre at #143-2305 McPhillips St. in Winnipeg from noon to 12:30 p.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. 
 
Outbreaks have been declared over at St. Boniface Hospital unit A5 and Seven Oaks General Hospital 3U1-3, both in Winnipeg.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities, 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 COVID 19 Immunization Pop Up Clinics

A pop up clinic for COVID 19 vaccines will be here in The Pas at the Roy H Johnston arena on March 24th and 31st from 10:30 AM until 6:30PM for those eligible to receive vaccines.

 

To book an appointment at the pop up site you are asked to call 1-844-626-8222 and have your health card ready. The line will be open from 6AM until 8PM.

RCMP Commanding Officers Commendation

Vaughn Wadelius spoke to Arctic Radio to talk about his son Sean an RCMP Staff Sergeant in Charge of the Fort St James BC detachment who was awarded with the Commanding Officer Commendation award in recognition for the way he handled an arrest in Fort St James BC handing the situation with no loss of life.

 

Wadelius added that the recognition his son received was a proud moment.

Military Sent to Assist COVID 19 Outbreak at Mathias Columb Cree Nation

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces were sent to Mathias Columb Cree Nation to assist with an increase of COVID 19 cases in the community.

 

As of Yesterday the community had 101 reported cases of the virus up from just 10 last week.

 

More help is expected to arrive in the community in the coming days.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #367

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today: 


• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.8 per cent provincially and 2.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 66 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, four cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 62 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,350.

 

Public health officials are announcing that five additional confirmed cases because of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in the United Kingdom and eight confirmed cases because of the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in South Africa have been detected. The cases identified today are all from the Winnipeg health region, with the majority being either travel or close contact related.

Officials note most of the B.1.351 variant cases announced today were found through the retroactive screening of samples from February. At this time, there is no evidence of widespread community transmission of either variant of concern. Case investigations continue and the public will be informed should the risk profile change.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,153 active cases and 30,290 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 55 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 108 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 163 hospitalizations; 
• 10 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 22 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 907. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is 11 and B.1.351 is 11, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to 22.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,235 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 539,998. 
 
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 outbreak has been declared over at Riverview Health Centre.

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.

 

Niki Ashton Telephone Town Hall

Our MP Niki Ashton is planning a telephone town hall on March 11th at 6PM. The topics expected to be brought up include small businesses, drinking water, and other areas of concern for Northern Manitobans.

 

This is the regestration link for the town hall.

 

https://nikiashton.ndp.ca/join-our-town-hall-on-march-11th-at-6pm?fbclid=IwAR3BNs7zCDCe1p7CIus81qdz460DhrHTnQBAWjWOq47wxg2YZNVEhY0_P0k

COVID-19 BULLETIN #366

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today: 
• a female in her 80s from the Northern health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.5 per cent provincially and 2.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 63 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,288.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• zero cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 36 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  
• 25 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,145 active cases and 30,236 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 54 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 110 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 164 hospitalizations; 
• 10 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 22 ICU patients; 
• due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed so the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 907; and 
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is six and B.1.351 is three, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to nine. 
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,390 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 538,759.

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 of a possible exposure March 4 at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Church, 160 Euclid Ave. in Winnipeg from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. High-risk contacts have already been contacted by public health officials. However, 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. 
 
An outbreak has been declared at St. Boniface Hospital unit E5 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 Holy Family Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities, 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

First Nations Communities in Manitoba will Soon be Receiving Vaccines

The Public Health Lead for the First Nation Pandemic Response Coordination Team Dr. Marcia Anderson reports widespread first dose COVID-19 immunizations will begin in First Nations communities throughout the province, Northern Affairs communities and remote northern municipalities in mid March.  She noted these communities are more at risk of COVID-19 and at younger ages and many face emergency situations.

 

She explains the sequencing plan takes into account the experiences of outbreaks and death within the communities.  She says we know that communities that have had higher fatality rates, outbreaks and lockdowns may be feeling pandemic fatigue more than others.  As such once the communities that are at the highest risk of evacuations due to flooding or fires are completed they will then move on to communities that have had the higher numbers of deaths and have had community outbreaks.

 

People living in Thompson, The Pas, RM of Kelsey and Flin Flon will continue to access COVID-19 immunizations at the super site in Thompson or at other mobile or pop-up sites that will be held in the future following provincial age based eligibility criteria.  For more information on the vaccine program visit www.manitoba.ca/vaccine.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #363

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today: 
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three per cent provincially and 2.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 54 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 53 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,104.

Additionally, public health officials are announcing one confirmed case to be a result of the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in South Africa has been detected. The case identified today is from the Winnipeg health region.

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; 
• 33 cases in the Northern health region;  
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 14 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

  The data also shows:
• 1,133 active cases and 30,067 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 55 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 116 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 171 hospitalizations; 
• nine 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 24 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 904; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is six and B.1.351 is three, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to nine. 
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,069 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 534,021. 
 
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 outbreak has been declared over Health Science Centre GA5 and St. Amant Health and Transition Services, both in Winnipeg, and at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Pas.

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 RCMP traffic stop leads to multiple charges

On March 3, 2021, at 9:25 pm, officers conducted a traffic stop on Fischer Avenue in the Town of The Pas.

Officers approached the vehicle, with one occupant inside, and spoke with the male driver who advised the officer he did not have his driver’s license with him. The driver provided a false name but later confessed and provided his true identity. Further checks on the vehicle revealed that it was also unregistered.

In speaking with the driver, the officer noticed a can of beer in the center console. The driver then opened up a backpack located on the passenger seat in an effort to show the officer that no further alcohol was present in the vehicle and a large plastic bag containing cannabis was observed in plain view.

 

The driver was placed under arrest and upon his search, the officer located a large sum of cash and several small bags of substances believed to be crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and heroine. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of drug related paraphernalia.

Police arrested 34-year-old Henry Johnathon Jackson, of Portage la Prairie, and remanded him into custody on charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Obstructing a Police Officer, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possess Cannabis not Legally Stamped and several charges under the Highway Traffic Act. He will be appearing in court in The Pas later today.
 

If anyone has any information regarding drugs or any other criminal activity, please contact your local police agency or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.


The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Moose Lake RCMP Respond to Shots Fired

On March 3, 2021, at approximately 5:45 pm, Moose Lake RCMP received a complaint of a male walking in the community with a rifle, wearing an orange and black jacket. Immediately after the complaint came in, police were updated that four shots were heard.

 

When police arrived on scene, there did not appear to be any immediate danger and there was no male seen walking with a firearm. Officers spoke to neighbours and learned that the sound of the shots came from a residence on Sesame Street. A male was seen through the window of the residence carrying two rifles and wearing an orange and black jacket. Officers called for the male to exit the residence, which he did, and police arrested Joshua Lambert, 29. Two firearms were seized as well live rifle ammunition and empty casings found in the jacket.

 

Lambert remains in custody and faces charges of Discharge Firearm While Being Reckless, Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Careless Use of Firearm, Possession of Firearm While Prohibited, and Unauthorized Use of Firearm.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #362

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today: 
• a female in her 20s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.2 per cent provincially and 2.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 51 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,051.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• zero cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 26 cases in the Northern health region;  
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 22 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,143 active cases and 30,005 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 119 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 181 hospitalizations; 
• nine 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 24 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 903; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is six and B.1.351 is two, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to eight. 
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,227 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 531,949. 

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/.
 
Provincial public health officials continue to see a trend of concerning case numbers in Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatwagan), and are working with the chief, council and other partners to address the situation. The chief and council have directed that public gatherings are not permitted and community residents are required to stay at home as of today at midnight. 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.

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.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #361

Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today: 
• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s 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 3.8 per cent provincially and 3.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 51 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data corrections. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 50 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,000.

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; 
• 30 cases in the Northern health region;  
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 15 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,146 active cases and 29,953 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 70 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 116 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 186 hospitalizations; 
• 10 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 24 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 901; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is six and B.1.351 is two, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to eight. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,788 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 529,722. 
 
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 McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre in McCreary 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. 
 
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.

Your Children Can Help Name Future Police Dogs

The RCMP are inviting young people across the country to help name thirteen German Shepherd puppies that will be born at the Police Dog Service Training Center. 

 

Spokesperson Kim Mann says the rules are simple. You first have to live in Canada, they must between the ages of 4 and 14 years old, one entry per child and they must begin with the letter”P” and one or two syllables and the entry deadline is March 18th with the winners to be announced April 28th.

 

The thirteen children whose puppy names are selected will each receive a laminated 8 by 10 inch photo of the puppy they named, a plush dog called Justice and an RCMP water bottle.  For information on how to enter online only this year go to your favorite search engine and type in Name the Puppy Contest 2021. 

 

Although there can be only 13 winners names not selected for the contest will be considered for other puppies born during the year.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #360

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today: 
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region; and
· a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital Unit 3U 4-7.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is four per cent provincially and 3.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 64 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 56 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,950.
 
Public health officials are announcing that one additional confirmed case as a result of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in the United Kingdom and two confirmed cases as a result of the B.1.351 COVID-19 variant of concern first identified in South Africa have been detected. The cases identified today are all from the Winnipeg health region.
 
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; 
· 16 cases in the Northern health region;  
· two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
· seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
· 36 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
· 1,151 active cases and 29,901 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
· 69 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 118 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 187 hospitalizations; 
· 11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 25 ICU patients; 
· the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 898; and
· the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is six and B.1.351 is two.  

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,307 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 527,932. 
 
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 St. Boniface Hospital Unit A6 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. 
 
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.

MANITOBANS' REOPENING PRIORITIES FORM BASIS FOR NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS, EFFECTIVE MARCH 5 AT 12:01 A.M.

Following a request for public feedback on a variety of proposed changes to the current  public health orders, the Manitoba government is moving forward to reopen some activities and services while ensuring protecting Manitoba’s most vulnerable citizens and the health-care system remains the top priority, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial health officer, announced today.

“I want to thank Manitobans for providing their feedback on the proposed plan we presented last week, which outlined a roadmap for the weeks ahead,” said Pallister. “While there is much hope in the window with vaccine advancements and Manitoba’s COVID case numbers, I must remind Manitobans that we are not out of the woods yet. We will continue to take a cautious and gradual approach to restarting our activities and services to ensure we continue to protect and safeguard Manitoba lives.”

The following changes will go into effect March 5 at 12:01 a.m. and will expire on March 25:
• households and gatherings:
? households can choose one of the following:
? continue designating two visitors to their home; or
? designating a second household so that two households can visit each other, as long as everyone in the house has authorized those designated individuals to visit.
? gathering limits at an outdoor public or private place to increase to 10 people including for outdoor non-organized sport or recreation activities; and
? places of worship to have increased capacity size of 25 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower, with physical distancing measures in place and mask requirements.
• business, retail and restaurants:
? any types of business to be able to operate with the exception of indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casinos and bingo halls;
? retail stores, malls and personal services to have increased capacity limits of up to 50 per cent or 250 people, whichever is lower, with other public health measures still in effect;
? restaurants and licensed premises to have increased capacity limits of up to 50 per cent, with the requirement for tables to sit with only household members, and other public health measures still in effect;
? businesses other than casinos to resume operating video lottery terminals, with physical distancing measures and barriers in place; and
? professional theatre groups, dance companies, symphonies and operas to resume rehearsals that are not accessible to members of the public.
• recreation and fitness:
? day camps for children to operate at 25 per cent capacity with other public health measures in place;
? indoor recreation and sporting facilities such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, fields, ranges, studios, clubs, pools and centres to open at 25 per cent total capacity, with public health measures in place including for spectators, common areas and locker rooms. The requirement to provide one-on-one instructions has been removed;
? gym, fitness centre and pool users must continue to wear a mask while working out and in all other areas of the facility, with the exception of while in a swimming pool;
? dance, theatre and music facilities to open for a total capacity of 25 per cent;
? 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.

“Manitoba’s COVID-19 cases continue to trend in the right direction, thanks to the dedication and hard work of Manitobans to follow the public health orders,” said Roussin. “With variants of concern identified here in Manitoba and in neighbouring jurisdictions, we must keep our guard up, and continue to follow the fundamentals that have allowed us to carefully and cautiously restart our services and activities. It is crucial that Manitobans continue to avoid the activities that are known to cause the greatest risk – close-contact setting, closed spaces, and crowded places.”

Since Feb. 25, nearly 27,000 responses were provided on the proposed changes to the orders. Feedback indicated:
• 95 per cent of Manitobans feel somewhat or very comfortable shopping at a stand-alone store;
• 81 per cent of Manitobans feel somewhat or very comfortable shopping at a mall; and
• 74 per cent of Manitobans feel somewhat or very comfortable going to restaurants.

Feedback on specific changes showed:
• households and gatherings:
? 56 per cent of Manitobans thought increasing outdoor gathering limits to 10 people was an appropriate next step; and
? 40 per cent of Manitobans thought allowing households the choice of continuing to designate two visitors to their home, or to designate a second household to visit each other was an appropriate next step.
• business, retail and restaurants: enabling any type of business to operate with the exception of indoor theatres, indoor concert halls, casino and bingo halls was ranked as the highest priority, with a 50 per cent capacity limit for restaurants and licensed premises ranked second and 50 per cent capacity for retail stores, malls and personal services ranked third.
• recreation and fitness: allowing indoor recreation and sporting facilities such as gyms, fitness centres, rinks, courts, etc. to open at 25 per cent capacity for group instruction was ranked as the highest priority, with day camps for children at 25 per cent capacity ranked second and group instructions or classes in gyms and fitness centres at 25 per cent capacity ranked third.
• mask use: 35 per cent of the public agreed allowing users of gyms, fitness centres and pools to not wear a mask while taking part in a physical activity was an appropriate next step, while 39 per cent of Manitobans felt it was too fast.

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.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Referendum Vote

Opaskwayak Cree Nation is having a referendum vote on amendments to their election code on March 17th at the OCN Youth Centre from 9AM until 8PM.

 

Masks will be mandatory and only five people will be allowed in the polling station at one time.

 

The vote will consist of one general question and six additional questions with a choice of yes or no.

 

A special meeting on the referendum vote will be held on Facebook Live tomorrow at 6PM.

 

For more information you are asked to call 204-627-7119

COVID-19 BULLETIN #359

Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg Health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.9 per cent provincially and three per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 35 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,894.

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;
• 16 cases in the Northern health region; 
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; 
• one case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and 
• 16 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,171 active cases and 29,827 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 68 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 116 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 184 hospitalizations;
• 12 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 25 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 896; and
• the total number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variant of concern cases is five.
 
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,220 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 526,593.

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.
 
Manitoba data on race, ethnicity and Indigeneity (REI) from people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Manitoba is now available online. Manitoba’s data shows a similar pattern as other jurisdictions have reported with African, Filipino, Latin American, North American Indigenous and South Asian communities disproportionately affected. To review the full report, visit:
www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/surveillance/reports.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, 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.

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