The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-04

COVID-19 BULLETIN #403

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

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 4.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 127 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 35,815. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 29 cases in the Northern health region;  
• six cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 75 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,551 active cases and 33,309 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 60 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 70 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 130 hospitalizations; 
• 17 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 34 ICU patients;
• 1,954 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 615,906; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 955.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

An outbreak has been declared at Middlechurch Personal Care Home in Winnipeg and the Flin Flon Personal Care Home in Flin Flon. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared over at Unit B5 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.

Public health officials advise of a possible exposure to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern at the Thompson Walmart between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on April 6 and the Thompson Safeway between 2 and 3 p.m. on April 10, both located at 300 Mystery Lake Rd. in Thompson. Any person experiencing symptoms since attending these sites 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.

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

The Pas Citizens on Patrol Looking For New Members

The Pas Citizens on Patrol is looking for new members to join their team to patrol the community and report criminal activity to the police.

 

Those interested in joining are asked to call Paulette Aamot at 204-617-7659.

 

You must be 18 years old or older to be a member.

NDP Bill to Support Young Victims of Sexual Assault in the North Passes Second Reading

Treaty 1 Territory, Homeland of the Métis Nation, Winnipeg MBToday the NDP bill that will help children and young people in northern and isolated communities access crucial health care when they have been sexually assaulted passed second reading with support from all parties.

 

This bill was first introduced by NDP MLA for The Pas-Kameesak, Amanda Lathlin, in November.Amanda Lathilin was the first First Nations Woman elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 2015 and this is her first bill to pass second reading. Today marks a critical step in supporting young people in the North,” said Lathilin.

 

Too many communities, especially in northern Manitoba, do not have the health professionals to provide support to children who are victims of sexual abuse,” said Lathlin. “This means that if a minor comes forward to report sexual abuse they haveto leave their community and travel by plane to Winnipeg just so evidence can be gathered and charges can be laid. It’s an unnecessary layer of trauma for victims and a very real obstacle to finding perpetrators of sexual assault.

 

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

 

Currently in Northern communities like The Pas, only adults have access to sexual assault kits administered by the RCMP. If a minor reports sexual assault they are flown to the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg where they are seen by a sexual assault nurse examiner.

 

Health professionals use evidence kits to gather DNA evidence which can later be used by police to charge perpetrators of sexual assault.This inequality in access to resources for victims of sexual assault has grave implications on the number of minors who report abuse and the mental and emotional health of young victims.

 

“Our children deserve better,” said Lathlin. “I'm calling on the province today to ensure speedy passage of this bill.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #402

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

• a female in her 30s from the Interlake–Eastern health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent provincially and 5.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 153 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 149 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,688. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 57 cases in the Northern health region;  
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 73 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,528 active cases and 33,205 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 75 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 137 hospitalizations; 
• 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 19 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 35 ICU patients;
• 2,648 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 613,701; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 955.

Public health officials advise the first case of the P1 variant of concern, first identified in Brazil, has been confirmed by sequencing in Manitoba. The case was identified in an individual from the Interlake–Eastern health region. Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

An outbreak has been declared at the Parkview Place Long Term Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

The Pas RCMP Make Arrest After Call of Shots Fired

On April 12, 2021, at approximately 3:35 pm, RCMP responded to a report of shots fired inside a residence at Valleyview Trailer Court, in The Pas. It was reported that a male had discharged a firearm in the home, but no one was injured.

 

Officers responded immediately and contained the area. One victim had exited the residence, however the suspect, and another person, were still inside.

An RCMP crisis negotiator made contact with a female inside the home, who was then able to get out of the residence safely.

 

The officer then made contact with the suspect and convinced him to surrender peacefully. The suspect exited the residence and was arrested without incident.

 

A 44-year-old male was arrested and he is facing charges of Discharging a Firearm, Pointing a Firearm, and Firearms Storage Contrary to Regulations x4.

Officers seized several firearms from inside the residence.

 

The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

Margaret Barbour Collegiate Positive COVID 19 Case

A student at Margaret Barbour collegiate was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID 19 and the case is being treated as a variant of concern.

 

A teacher and students in one class that the student attended were asked to self isolate for a period of time.

 

The school is still open for business and they are continuing to follow COVID 19 safety measures.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #401

Public health officials advise that three additional deaths of people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50 from Prairie Mountain Health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent provincially and 5.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 86 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 80 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,539. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• seven cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 16 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  
• 53 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,439 active cases and 33,146 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 64 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 142 hospitalizations; 
• 16 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 21 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 37 ICU patients;
• 2,436 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 610,799; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 954.

Data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Additional data related to COVID-19, data on outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

The outbreak has been declared over at Riverview Health Centre personal care home in Winnipeg.

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

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.   

COVID-19 BULLETIN #400

Public health officials advise that two additional deaths of people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is six per cent provincially and 5.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 135 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 132 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,459. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 34 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  
• 89 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,438 active cases and 33,070 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; 
• 14 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 33 ICU patients;
• 1,955 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 608,345 and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 951.

Today, public health officials are reporting the first case of a variant of concern in northern Manitoba. Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. This dashboard will be the main source of information as the B.1.1.7 is becoming the dominant variant in Manitoba. Additional data related to COVID-19, data on outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon. The site has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
In partnership with the chief and council from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, provincial public health officials have lifted the public health orders in place for that community. All other general public health orders in Manitoba remain in effect for the community.  

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

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

Funding is Available to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

An organizing group is looking into holding a North American EV Rally in 2022. 

 

The group’s Volker Beckmann from Thompson says Manitoba has one of the lowest electricity rates in North America and an abundant supply of clean sustainable energy yet Manitoba’s EV infrastructure is seriously lacking in the north.

 

He explains even if they wanted an electric car in Flin Flon or Thompson for example from Tesla he could order one and they deliver it to your door but you wouldn’t be able to drive to Winnipeg because the distances in between are too far so we need somebody to take a look at that and there’s different ways that could be done in terms of getting EV infrastructure into the north and that’s missing right now unfortunately noting Manitoba is the furthest behind in EV development compared to the rest of the provinces in our country.

 

Beckmann says we need the province or Manitoba Hydro to support the installation of level three charging stations in each community to allow residents and visitors to reach all parts of the province and allow for events like an EV rally.  He adds there is funding available to communities for installations until June 22nd with information at www.nrcan.gc.ca.

The Pas Community Renewal Corporation on Board with Grace Lake Boardwalk and Trail

Opasquia Trails has announced that The Pas Community Renewal Corporation has provided a donation of $875 to the Grace Lake Boardwalk and Trail.

 

Shawn Sexsmith from Opasquia Trails says the TPCRC has been a partner with Opasquia Trails from the start and they are thankful that they continue to support the trail.

 

Opasquia Trails raised over $300,000 towards this project with the hopes of starting construction in the spring of this year with the total cost of construction set to be close to $700,000.

 

The Trail will start at the Kelsey Watershed District Office and end at the Boreal Discovery Trail.

OCN Members Take Part in Guaranteed Livable Income Vigil Day

Last week, Opaskwayak Cree Nation members took part in a guaranteed livable income vigil day event held at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre to show their support for low income community members.

 

The event was organized by the United Church and the occasion supported the guaranteed livable income movement that would provide every Canadian with a livable income.

 

Participants took photos during the vigil and uploaded them to social media with a goal of getting the attention of important political figures.

 

One of the attendees Doris Young stated that a basic income is not a waste of money but rather something that is needed in our area of society.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #399

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

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.2 per cent provincially and 5.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 114 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 35,327. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 36 cases in the Northern health region;  
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 62 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,370 active cases and 33,008 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 57 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 135 hospitalizations; 
• 14 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 33 ICU patients;
• 2,030 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 606,373; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 949.

Data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. This dashboard will be the main source of information as the B.1.1.7 is becoming the dominant variant in Manitoba. Additional data related to COVID-19, data on outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Emerson Health Centre in Emerson. The site has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
 
A new Fast Pass site opened in Winkler today at the existing drive-thru testing site at 485 George Ave. for eligible school staff and those working in licensed child-care centres. No appointments are necessary and the site operates in the drive-thru format. Clients will be asked if they meet eligibility criteria and to present proof of eligibility, such as a work identification card or letter for the Fast Pass program, upon arrival and will then be given a rapid test.

Hours of operation for the Winkler Fast Pass program are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on the Fast Pass program, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/rapid-testing.html.

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

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.   

COVID-19 BULLETIN #396

Public health officials advise that three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
• a male in his 20s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.5 per cent provincially and 5.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 179 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 176 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,969. 

Public health officials are announcing 37 new screened or sequenced cases of the variants of concern have been detected today. Of these, 33 are B.1.1.7 variants of concern with 28 from the Winnipeg health region, one from Interlake–Eastern health region, three from the Prairie Mountain Health region and one from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. Four new screened or sequenced uncategorized cases have been detected with one from the Interlake–Eastern health region and three from the Winnipeg health region.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 84 cases in the Northern health region;  
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 77 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,180 active cases and 32,840 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 56 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 136 hospitalizations; 
• 14 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 21 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 35 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 949; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
? B.1.1.7 is 332;
? B.1.351 is 20;
? cases that have not been categorized is 24; and
? the total number of variant of concern cases is 376.

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 317 cases to ‘recovered’ from ‘active’ and provides a more accurate reporting of active cases.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,474 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 599,622. 

An outbreak has been declared at Extendicare/Oakview Place personal care home. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared at Boissevain School in Boissevain. The school has moved to remote learning until April 23 as an enhanced measure and response, and the facility has been moved to the Restricted (Orange) 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.  

The 7th Issue of Muses from the North: University College of the North Students' Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic

(The Pas and Thompson, MB) –University College of the North’s (UCN) current issue of Muses from the North (MFTN), the 7th in the series, is a collection of student essays as they reflect on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their learning and living experiences.

 

The students depict their reactions to the global pandemic in many ways in their writings as they try to find hope and meaning in their lives in the face of all the disruptive events of 2020.

 

“COVID-19 has affected each and every person in almost indescribable ways,” said Elizabeth Tritthart, MFTN student editor and print copy designer. “It has been an extremely challenging time for most, and I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with so many outstanding individuals on this special release of Muses from the North."

The COVID-19-themed issue contains twelve reflective essays from the student perspective.

 

“This issue of MFTN holds a special place in my heart because it offers the reader the auspicious privilege of looking through the students’ lenses the extent of their struggles and victories in this year of a pandemic. We are all in this together, and we all have our stories,” said Dr. Joseph Atoyebi, MFTN Co-Editor and UCN English Professor. 

 

“Our students are bringing a positive attitude into their online learning experience,” said Dr. Ying Kong, MFTN Co-Editor and UCN English Professor. “As instructors, we should be proud of our online teaching skills and be grateful to our online support teams, who make online teaching accessible to our students.”

 

An online version of the MFTN journal is accessible to a global audience at ucn.ca/musesfromthenorth.

 

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #395

Public health officials advise that three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Home; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent provincially and 4.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 139 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 137 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,793. 

Public health officials are announcing 40 new screened or sequenced cases of the variants of concern have been detected today. Of these, 37 are B.1.1.7 variants of concern with 32 from the Winnipeg health region, two from Interlake–Eastern health region, two from the Prairie Mountain Health region and one from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. Three new screened or sequenced uncategorized cases have been detected and are from the Winnipeg health region. 

In addition, officials report that a previously reported death has been linked to a variant of concern. The death, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant, occurred in late March in a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg region.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• zero cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 55 cases in the Northern health region;  
• 18 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 60 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,066 active cases and 32,781 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 58 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 141 hospitalizations; 
• 13 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 20 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 33 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 946; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
? B.1.1.7 is 298;
? B.1.351 is 20;
? cases that have not been categorized is 21; and
? the total number of variant of concern cases is 339.

Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 317 cases to ‘recovered’ from ‘active’ and provides a more accurate reporting of active cases.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,027 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 596,872. 

An outbreak has been declared at Boissevain Health Centre and Evergreen Place Personal Care Home in Boissevain. 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/.

New Public Health Orders

Public health officials advise minor amendments are being made to current public health orders. The changes include allowing liquor cart sales on golf courses and increasing the maximum attendance at self-help meetings to 25.

The changes will come into effect on Friday, Apr. 9 at 12:01 a.m. Due to increasing test positivity rates and the risk posed by variants of concern in Manitoba at this time, the orders are being extended to Apr. 30.

Personal Care Home Visitor Guidelines

Personal care home visitor guidelines have recently been updated to allow for up to two general visitors to visit a resident at the same time, provided the visit occurs outdoors, and one general visitor in a COVisitation shelter or designated indoor visitation room.

Visitors will be required to wear a medical-grade mask, which will be provided by the facility. In-room visitation continues to be limited to designated family caregivers and end-of-life circumstances. As the weather gets warmer, public health officials continue to recommend that visits take place outdoors as much as possible, as the risk of COVID-19 transmission is significantly less than in an indoor setting.

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 reacts to Manitoba Provincial Budget 2021

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issues this statement in response to, “Budget 2021: Protecting Manitobans, Advancing Manitoba,” (Budget 2021) presented and tabled yesterday in the Legislative Assembly by Finance Minister, the Honourable Minister Scott Fielding.   

 

AMC Grand Chief Dumas said, “On behalf of the AMC member First Nations, I acknowledge Minister Fielding and the Province on the tabling of Budget 2021, which upon first glance, appears to be a step away from the austere and draconian omnibus budget bills of the past. I acknowledge the Minister for the commitments to Restorative Justice Initiatives for First Nations, commitments to implement the recommendations of the Brad Wall Report, for the references to Truth and Reconciliation Commission and to the ongoing issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

 

Budget 2021 will help the Manitoba Economy to recover from COVID-19 with the announced $2.1 billion spending on infrastructure including $500 million for three years for the heavy construction industry. While we do not know the details of the various lines of Budget 2021, we can be assured that the overall budget of approximately $19.44 billion is a reduction of $500 million from last year’s budget,” said Grand Chief Dumas.

 

“There was reference in the budget to advancing Truth and Reconciliation through the Lake Manitoba Lake St Martin Channel Outlet infrastructure project, by giving people back their homes and creating jobs”. First Nations look forward to further details on how this will be accomplished and on further consultation on the largest infrastructure project in the history of Manitoba.”  

 

First Nations welcome the investments for early learning and childcare, K-12 and post-secondary, however, we have serious concerns about Bill 64 and the potential of this legislation to infringe on First Nations’ jurisdiction over education. It is further notable that the Province is committing $20 million to the redevelopment of Hudsons Bay Store. Given the close ties and historic relationship between the HBC and First Nations, we are keen to learn more about the Province’s plans for repurposing this important legacy of the relationship.  

 

While First Nations understand the partisan politics underpinning the Wall Report, there are some recommendations that we are interested in further discussing with the Finance Minister and are ready to hear further details of the Province’s Budget 2021 commitment to implementing the Report’s recommendations,” concluded Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.  

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce Working on a Tourism Video

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce, has been working on a video that will help to attract tourists.

 

The video features highlights of tourism actives, including ice fishing, traditional drumming, and bannock making.

 

The video and other promotional material is also expected to be sent to travel agencies and the project is currently in post production.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #394

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


• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent provincially and 4.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 109 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 107 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,656. 

 

Public health officials are announcing that 22 new screened or sequenced cases of the B.1.1.7 variants of concern have been detected. Of these, 21 are from the Winnipeg health region and one is from the Prairie Mountain Health region. Three new screened or sequenced uncategorized cases have been detected. One is from the Interlake–Eastern Health Region and two are from the Winnipeg health region.

 

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

The data also shows:
• 1,294 active cases and 32,419 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 61 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 140 hospitalizations; 
• 14 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 32 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 943; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
f{ B.1.1.7 is 261;
f{ B.1.351 is 20;
f{ cases that have not been categorized is 18; and
f{ the total number of variant of concern cases is 299.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,073 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 594,609. 

 

An outbreak has been declared at Health Sciences Centre unit GD4. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

 

The outbreak is over at Extendicare/Oakview Place in Winnipeg.

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

House Fire on Opaskwayak Cree Nation

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Fire Crews responded to a report of a house fire in the community on Monday morning.

 

Crews responded to the scene around 9 o clock and the fire started from the outside of the house on Riverside Drive.

 

Only the roof of the house was a complete loss and the rest of the building was saved.

 

It is believed that the fire was started by a cigarette and Fire Chief Gordon Lathlin wants to remind everyone to make sure that they butt out their cigarettes before they dispose of them.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #393

Public health officials advise that two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Grace Hospital unit 3 South; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.3 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 62 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,549.

Public health officials are announcing that five new screened or sequenced cases of the B.1.1.7 variants of concern have been detected, all from the Winnipeg health region.

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

The data also shows:
• 1,255 active cases and 32,352 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 66 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 74 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 140 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; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 942; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
? B.1.1.7 is 240;
? B.1.351 is 20;
? cases that have not been categorized is 15; and
? the total number of variant of concern cases is 275.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,386 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 592,384. 

An outbreak has been declared at St. Boniface Hospital unit B5. 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.  

COVID-19 BULLETIN #390

Public health officials advise that two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:


• a female in her 40s from the Northern health region; and
• a female in her 40s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.  

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.9 per cent provincially and 3.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 59 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, seven cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 34,174.

 

Public health officials are announcing that three new screened or sequenced cases of variants of concerns have been detected and they are all from the Winnipeg health region.

 

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

The data also shows:
• 1,179 active cases and 32,058 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 65 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 148 hospitalizations; 
• 12 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 30 ICU patients; 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 937; and
• the total number of screened or sequenced cases related to variants of concern for the following:
   - B.1.1.7 is 235;
   - B.1.351 is 20;
   - cases that have not been categorized is 15; and
   - the total number of variant of concern cases is 270.

 

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,561 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 584,267.  

 

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. Amant Health and Transition Services 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. 

 

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

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES MORE TAX RELIEF TO PROTECT MANITOBANS

The Manitoba government is moving forward with commitments to reduce taxes and make life more affordable for Manitobans as part of Budget 2021, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Given the challenges created by the pandemic, Manitobans need more tax relief sooner rather than later, and Budget 2021 will continue to protect your hard-earned incomes to help you care for your families and invest in your communities,” said Pallister. “We are delivering our commitments of the $2,020 Tax Rollback Guarantee one year ahead of schedule and our government remains committed to making life more affordable, more secure and more prosperous for all Manitobans.”

Budget 2021 will continue to implement the $2,020 Tax Rollback Guarantee, introduced in 2019 to save the average Manitoba taxpayer $2,020 over four years through several measures:
• reducing the provincial sales tax (PST) to seven per cent from eight;
• indexing the Basic Personal Amount and Personal Income Tax brackets;
• removing the PST on property insurance;
• removing the PST on personal income tax preparation;
• eliminating probate fees;
• removing the PST on the preparation of wills;
• reducing vehicle registration fees by 30 per cent;
• removing the PST on personal care services, such as haircuts and salon services; and
• reducing education property taxes.

The province has previously implemented most of these commitments and will introduce the final two measures as part of Budget 2021 to remove the PST on personal services later this year and begin to phase out the education property tax.

The October 2020 speech from the throne renewed the promise to eliminate the education property tax over several years, beginning in 2021, which will eventually remove both the Provincial Education Support Levy and the School Division Special Levy from annual property tax bills. 

Today, the premier confirmed Manitoba ratepayers will begin to receive rebate cheques this year.

“Our government is keeping our promise to relieve property owners of this burden and leave more money on the kitchen tables of Manitobans, where it’s needed most,” said Pallister. “Manitoba is the only Canadian jurisdiction that determines school taxes at the local level, which creates an uneven playing field across the province. As we phase out the education property tax, we will ensure a more equitable system is in place to fund Manitoba’s education system and support students.”

As previously announced, school divisions will freeze their education property taxes this year and the province will provide a Property Tax Offset Grant equivalent to a two per cent property tax increase or $22.8 million in 2021 to maintain education funding levels. In addition, Budget 2021 will support the Better Education Starts Today strategy with an Education Funding Guarantee of no less than $1.6 billion of additional investment in education over four years.

The education property tax reduction will benefit approximately 658,000 residential, farm, commercial and other properties in Manitoba. The province will provide more information on the education property tax rebate as part of Budget 2021 and with municipal property tax bills.

Pallister said the province will continue to review provincial taxation measures to ensure individual Manitobans and businesses can keep more of their hard-earned dollars, and noted the government has already returned more than $700 million in tax and COVID-19 relief to Manitobans since 2016.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Manitoba First Nation Police Service Grand Opening

The Manitoba First Nation Police Service is having their Grand Opening ceremony on Opaskwayak Cree Nation starting this morning.

 

The event will begin with a pipe ceremony at 10AM and 235 Waller Road and COVID 19 measures will be followed.

 

There will also be a drive thru feast at noon at the Jake Constant Memorial Bus Garage.

 

The grand opening will also be live streamed for those that can’t attend in person.

MKO Anti-Indigenous Racism in Healthcare

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Northern Health Region announced their joint commitment to eliminate anti-Indigenous racism in health care.

 

A statement from MKO explains Grand Chief Garrison Settee and NRHA CEO Helga Bryant met last week to formalize their pledge, and both organizations are currently working on a declaration that would outline their goals and objectives.

 

Settee says MKO will provide advice, guidance, and support to the NRHA regarding this issue.

 

He adds that the partnership will also inform the organization’s larger advocacy role to improve and transform health service programs for Northern First Nations citizens within the broader overall provincial and federal health systems.

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