The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-05

COVID-19 BULLETIN #447

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake-Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.1 per cent provincially and 13.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 303 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 51,090.

Due to technical issues, today’s count will be an undercount of the actual case numbers. Officials anticipate this will result in an over count tomorrow.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 13 cases in the Northern health region.   
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 37 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 226 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,504 active cases and 45,533 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 236 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 72 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 308 hospitalizations; 
• 48 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 71 ICU patients; 
• 2,599 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 770,070; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,053.

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru and walk-in sites, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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. 

The outbreak has been declared over at Holy Cross School 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.

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

Update - The Pas RCMP looking for man who hasn't been seen in several weeks

On May 27, 2021, at approximately 8:15 am, RCMP responded to a report of a body found in an open area, off Centennial Drive, in The Pas.

 

The deceased has been identified as Barry Byrtus, who was reported missing to the RCMP on January 4, 2021.
 

The death does not appear to be suspicious.
 

The Pas RCMP continue to investigate.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #444

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

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.5 per cent provincially and 14 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 497 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 493 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 50,144.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 32 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 25 cases in the Northern health region.   
• 80 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 36 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 324 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,676 active cases and 44,426 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 238 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 312 hospitalizations; 
• 49 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 69 ICU patients; 
• 3,480 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 761,479; and
• 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 1,042.

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru and walk-in sites, or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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 Carmen Memorial Hospital in Carman and Eastview Place Personal Care Home in Altona. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak is over at the Russell Health Centre in Russell.

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.

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns resulting from the third wave of the pandemic, Community Living disABILITY Services-funded day services for adults with intellectual disabilities will continue to be suspended for an additional two weeks in Winnipeg. The suspension will extend until June 11. Some exceptions may be made where the safety of individuals cannot be managed in residential care or at home during the day. 

The Department of Families will continue to support the redeployment of day services and transportation staff to individuals’ places of residence. Individuals are encouraged to follow current public health orders, and to use virtual meetings and other technology to stay connected with friends, families and the broader community.

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

44th Northern Juried Art Show Results

  1. Oil Painting
    1. James Dean - I Wish I Were a Superhero – The Pas
    2. James Dean - Edge of the Burn – The Pas
    3. Laura Bryson - Winters End of Day – Flin Flon

Honourable Mentions:

  • Ann Marin - Calypso Soul – Cranberry Portage
  • Donna M Champagne - Forward to the Future- Denare Beach
  • Ron Watt - Sweet Bay – Flin Flon
  • Sandra Dixon - Sunrise Over the Pineroot – Flin Flon

 

  1. Acrylic and Mixed Media
    1. Catherine Joa - Love is Love – Denare Beach
    2. Michael O’Toole - Pileated Woodpeckers – The Pas
    3. Susan Knight - Northern Lights, Hockey and Thou – Flin Flon

Honourable Mentions:

  • Brandy Bloxom - Lost Identity – Denare Beach
  • Monique Rainville - Mrs.Swedberg’s House – Flin Flon
  • Susan Gunn Saray - ‘Occupied’/ ‘No Vacancy’ – Flin Flon

 

 

    1. Crystal Banting – Fading – Denare Beach
    2. Ann Marin – Playtime – Cranberry Portage
    3. Ann Marin – Dexter – Cranberry Portage

Honourable Mention:

  • Adira Carter - Grandpa’s Commission - Thompson

 

 

  1. Drawing, Printmaking
    1. Rosimeire Anjos - Chief Wolf Robe – Flin Flon
    2. Avery Ascher - Forming II – The Pas
    3. Jordy Clarke - Anime Soma Yukihira - Brochet

 

  1. Digital art, Photo
    1. Brandy Bloxom – oppressed – Denare Beach
    2. Keith Derksen - Grass River Borealis - Thompson
    3. Brandy Bloxom – Rebirth – Denare Beach

Honourable Mentions:

  • Adira Carter - Past Times - Thompson
  • Debbie Louise Howell – Buttons – The Pas
  • Keith Derksen 0 Miss Piggy’s Rough Landing - Thompson

 

  1. Three Dimensional 1: Jewelry, stained glass, leather, beading, tufting
    1. Shauna Ponask - Down By The Creek - Wanless
    2. Donna Hurst - Mukluks from old coats – Flin Flon
    3. Barbara Jean Zimmer- Three Dimensional Orchid in Glass – The Pas

Honourable Mention:

  • Perry Nikolychuk - Eagle sheath – The Pas

 

 

  1. Three Dimensional 2: Stone, wood, clay, metal
    1. Randy Beever - Hummingbird Feeding – Creighton
    2. Perry Nikolychuk - Kukri
    3. Elaine Angelski - 9 Lakes Mistik Creek Chain – Denare Beach

Honourable Mentions:

  • Doug Dmytriw - Drink of Life – Flin Flon
  • Frances Cooper - Wood Faun – The Pas
  • Kaylee Simpson - Woodworking pie and cake lifter – Norway House
  • Tamra Martin - Perspective is Everything – Flin Flon

 

  1. Fibre Art
    1. Jan Hall - My Favourite Places - Thompson
    2. Jan Hall - Tribute To Indigenous Pow Wow Dancers - Thompson
    3. Mabel Glaicar - Butterfly in Lilac - Thompson

Honourable Mention:

- Debbie Louise Howell - PEACE OUT – The Pas

 

  1. Youth Art
    1. Rickelle Clarke-Moritz - Cutting Board Illusion – Norway House
    2. Garrett Winship – Reflection - Thompson
    3. Jennica Colomb - Fire and Ice – Lynn Lake

Honourable Mentions:

  • Kaydence Skomorowski - Lady Bird – Lynn Lake
  • Paris Johnson – Walk – Lynn Lake
  • Sage Dumas - Sharing Wisdom – Lynn Lake
  • Tyshaudre Sinclair – Jeff – Lynn Lake

 

 

Manitoba Waterways

  • Shauna Ponask - Down By The Creek - Wanless

 

 

Best in Show

  • James Dean - I Wish I Were a Superhero – The Pas

Restrictions Announced in Manitoba Will Affect Gatherings, Workplaces and Retail Establishments

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced updated public health orders for the province.  He says case numbers have improved over the past few days but our health care situation is still critical. 

 

He says the orders are effective at 12:01 AM Saturday including no indoor or outdoor gatherings with members outside your household and that includes recreation spaces, playgrounds, golf courses, parks, sports fields and camp grounds. 

 

In person shopping is limited to one member per household and many businesses and organizations will remain closed for in person services including gyms and fitness clubs, restaurants and bars, personal services, museums, galleries and libraries.

 

Additionally the Chief Public Health Officer will utilize health hazard orders to close businesses if necessary where there are multiple cases and transmission is a risk.            

                                     

Pallisters adds anyone who can must be allowed to work from home as much as possible and people should stay home as much as possible over the next two weeks as the orders remain in place until 12:01 AM Saturday June 12th.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #443

Public health officials advise eight new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 30s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.6 per cent provincially and 14 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 297 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 295 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 49,651.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 19 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 25 cases in the Northern health region.   
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 65 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 169 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,639 active cases and 43,970 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 251 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 73 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 324 hospitalizations;
• 51 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 22 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 73 ICU patients; 
• 3,171 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 757,719; and
• 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 1,042; the death was a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and reported May 26.

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru and walk-in sites, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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 Tabor Home Personal Care Home in Morden. The facility has 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.

A new walk-in testing site at 1125 Empress St. in Winnipeg will open May 29. The site will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will offer testing by appointments that can be booked starting May 28 by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318. More information on COVID-19 testing is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/index.html.

In collaboration with public health, Manitoba Education has provided direction and guidance to school divisions and independent schools planning modified graduation ceremonies. The information includes:
• schools could consider postponing graduation celebrations until the fall;
• schools hosting modified graduation ceremonies must adhere to all public health orders and guidelines;
• consider virtual ceremonies, ‘drive-up’ or ‘drive-in’ vehicle ceremonies; and
• minimize interactions between school staff and graduates and plan for a zero-contact event by:
? pre-recording messages;
? placing diplomas on a table for graduates to retrieve;
? minimize the number of school employees required to host the event;
? ensuring photographers and videographers adhere to public health orders; and
? ensure there is no mingling in groups or waiting in lines.

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 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 Lathlins Private Members Bill Receives Royal Assent

Our MLA Amanda Lathlins private members Bill 213 to support victims of sexual assault in rural and Northern Manitoba received unanimous support in the Manitoba legislature and it received royal assent last week.

 

The bill will allow child and youth victims of sexual assault to have examinations locally instead of being flown to Winnipeg.

 

The bill will also ensure training for nurses in Manitoba so that they can provide these examinations and it will now be easier to provide sexual assault kits.

 

As a mother herself, Lathlin is very grateful that children in rural and Northern Manitoba will receive protection under this bill.

Restrictions Have Been Extended For the Rest of the Week in Manitoba

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr Brent Roussin reported 259 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate down to 13.8 percent.  He also reported two additional deaths with one in the Winnipeg region and one in Southern health.  Of the new cases 187 are in Winnipeg with much lower numbers in other regions including 14 in Northern health. 

 

Roussin announced extended restrictions as our numbers remain too high.  Indoor public gatherings are not permitted and visitors are not permitted on private property except in certain circumstances, outdoor gatherings with anyone outside a household are not allowed and that applies to all recreation spaces, playgrounds, golf courses, parks and sports fields, retail businesses are able to operate at 10 percent capacity or a max of 100 individuals whichever is fewer and only one person per household is allowed to enter a businesses and many businesses and organizations will remain closed for in person service including gyms, fitness clubs, restaurants, bars, personal service businesses, museums, galleries and libraries.

             

These will remain in effect until 12:01 AM Saturday with what’s coming next to be announced later in the week.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #441

Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

Four deaths in people with COVID-19 were reported Monday:
• a male in his 40s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 50 from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• a male his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.8 per cent provincially and 15.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 259 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 49,046. 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 14 cases in the Northern health region.   
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain health region;   
• 28 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 187 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,945 active cases and 43,066 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 253 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 61 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 314 hospitalizations; 
• 59 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 79 ICU patients; 
• 2,398 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 751,948; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,035.
 
Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru and walk-in sites, or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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 Boundary Trails Health Centre, Surgical/Rehab unit in Winkler.

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 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 #438

Public health officials advise three new deaths in a person with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50s from the Interlake-Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to an outbreak at the Russell Health Centre; and
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.1 per cent provincially and 16.1 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 594 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 588 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 47,504. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 39 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;  
• 26 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 54 cases in the Prairie Mountain health region;   
• 55 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and   
• 420 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,855 active cases and 41,627 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 236 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 60 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 296 hospitalizations; 
• 56 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 79 ICU patients; 
• 3,793 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 739,627; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,022.
 
Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru and walk-in sites, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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. 

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 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.

New Public Health Orders are in Place for the Long Weekend

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says we are seeing our COVID case numbers climb as people gather outside their households.

 

He introduced new public health orders effective 12:01 Saturday morning until 12:01 Wednesday morning. 

 

He explains outdoor gatherings with people from outside your household will no longer be permitted, Manitobans outdoors must limit their contacts to their households only and that applies to recreation, playgrounds, golf courses, parks and only one person per household will be allowed to enter a business with some exceptions for people who are caregivers or require care.

 

Roussin urges you to go out for essential items only otherwise stay home.

The Pas Friendship Centre Accepting Donations for Grand Rapids Families

The Community of Grand Rapids recently had a huge fire that claimed five homes in the community, to help the displaced families The Pas Friendship Centre is accepting donations.

 

Cash donations can be made via e transfer tpfc.finance@gmail.com making the password grand.

 

 

Cash donations and personal items can be dropped off at The Friendship Centre in person; they are open from 8:30AM until 12PM and again from 1PM until 4:30PM.

 

The following donations of clothes are needed

Men’s Tops 2XL and Large

Men’s Bottoms XL, Large 32

Woman’s Tops Medium/Large

Woman’s Bottoms Medium/Large

Girls Clothes size 14-16, Medium, or 8

Baby Girl Clothing 12-18 Months

Men’s Shoe Size 10, 10,5, 11

Woman’s Shoes Size 6 and 9

Girls Shoe Size 12, 3

UCN Student Calling for Action to Help the Homeless

Local UCN student Brea Anderson recently held a picket sign outside the municipal building here in The Pas to demand that The Town of The Pas take action to address the homeless issue in the community.

 

While Anderson doesn’t believe that the town of The Pas is doing enough to solve this problem The Pas mayor Herb Jaques says the town is doing everything they can think of to solve the problem and agrees that homelessness should not happen in a country as rich as Canada. Jaques is commending Anderson for drawing attention to the issue.

 

Anderson plans to continue her protests outside the municipal building.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #435

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13 per cent provincially and 14.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 335 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 334 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 45,913. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 26 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 25 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 14 cases in the Prairie Mountain health region;   
• 29 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 241 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,543 active cases and 40,358 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 216 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 62 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 278 hospitalizations; 
• 51 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 70 ICU patients; 
• 2,893 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 728,129; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,012.
 
Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru, walk-in or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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. 

The outbreak has been declared over at Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern.

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. 

A new Fast Pass site opens in Brandon tomorrow for eligible school staff and those working in licensed child-care centres. The site will be co-located with the existing Brandon Keystone Centre site at 1175 18th St. Appointments are required and can be booked by calling (toll-free) 1-888-986-8152. The site has capacity for up to 40 people daily and hours of operation are listed online. Clients will be asked if they meet eligibility criteria and to present proof of eligibility such as a work identification card or employer letter when they arrive for their appointment. More information on COVID-19 testing is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/index.html.

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

Health Complex Pledge Show Results

The fundraising results from last week’s radio pledge show for The Pas Health Complex have been finalized.

 

A total of $16,035 was raised and Sue Lambert would like to thank everyone for their donations.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #434

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today.
• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.7 per cent provincially and 14.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 430 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 45,579.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 18 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 37 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 18 cases in the Prairie Mountain health region;   
• 44 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 313 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,568 active cases and 40,000 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 209 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 56 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 265 hospitalizations; 
• 53 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 73 ICU patients; 
• 3,190 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 725,195 and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,011.
 
Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru, walk-in or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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 Bethesda Regional Health Centre on the Medical Unit in Steinbach. The facility has 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. 

A new Fast Pass site opens in Brandon on Wednesday, May 19, for eligible school staff and those working in licensed child-care centres. The site will be co-located with the existing Brandon Keystone Centre site at 1175 18th St. Appointments are required and can be booked starting tomorrow (May 18) by calling (toll-free) 1-888-986-8152. The site has capacity for up to 40 people daily and hours of operation are listed online. Clients will be asked if they meet eligibility criteria and to present proof of eligibility such as a work identification card or employer letter when they arrive for their appointment. More information on COVID-19 testing is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/index.html.

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

University College of the North Alumnae's Book To Be Distributed Across Manitoba

(The Pas, MB) – Teacher, University College of the North (UCN) alumnae, and author, Brie Phillips book will be found in libraries soon.

 

Phillips, a Metis woman, graduated from UCN’s Kenanow Bachelor of Education program in The Pas.  She authored a book aimed at students in the middle years that represented Kenanow (Cree for “all of us”) as an assignment in her UCN program.

 

“Roots eloquently and beautifully reminds the reader of importance of connections – connections to each other, connections to our ancestors, and our connections to the land.” said Ann Barbour-Stevenson, the UCN Kenanow faculty member who assigned the book project.

 

“When we go into nature by ourselves, we are all connected. This is a lesson learned from my grandmother that I will carry for the rest of my life,” Phillips said.

 

Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) awarded Brie a scholarship in 2018 given annually to an Indigenous student enrolled full-time in any post-secondary program at the University College of the North. RTAM asked Phillips if she would be interested in working on a project for Manitoba 150.

 

“Not only is the book being sent to every provincial school, public and private, but we are sending copies to every library in Manitoba, to provincial Members of the Legislative Assembly, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Mayor of every municipality,” said Bill Cann, RTAM President.  “This is our way of celebrating and honoring the Manitoba 150 initiative and Brie’s beautiful story”.

 

Brie also received 200 copies of the book for her personal use and signed 50 copies for RTAM to use as gifts for distinguished guests.

Brie is a UCN alumnae who works full time for the Sun West School Division in Saskatchewan.

 

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

RM of Kelsey Budget Passes

The RM of Kelsey passed their 2021 financial plan during Thursday night’s council meeting.

 

Reeve Rod Berezowecki says there are no mayor highlights in the budget and the community is still working towards providing the same level of service.

 

A virtual public hearing was held for the budget last Tuesday and no questions were asked.

Monthly Mayor Reports for April

The monthly mayor reports for the month of April have been finalized.

 

The Town of The Pas had mainly disturbance of the peace and mischief cases along with 139 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey had mainly provincial traffic violations and the community of Cormorant had mostly assault charges.

The Pas RCMP looking for missing man

On May 12, 2021, at 8:00 am, The Pas RCMP received a report of a missing 56-year-old male.

 

Timothy Daniel Faickney, from The Pas, was last seen leaving a worksite in Brandon, Manitoba, on the afternoon of May 10, 2021.

 

Timothy is described as Caucasian, 5’3”, 149 lbs, with blue eyes and grey hair.

The Pas RCMP is asking anyone with information to call 204-627-6204, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #431

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

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.8 per cent provincially and 14.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 491 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 489 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 44,189. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 41 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 10 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 24 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 88 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 328 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,163 active cases and 39,024 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 179 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 60 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 239 hospitalizations; 
• 50 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 67 ICU patients; 
• 3,719 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 714,218; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,002.
 
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. 

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. 

A new mobile testing site at 1181 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg will open May 17. The site, which will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer testing by appointment which can be booked starting May 16 by calling (toll-free) 1-888-986-8152. More information on COVID-19 testing is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/index.html.

Due to health and safety measures required to keep families, individuals and staff safe in response to COVID-19, Community Living disABILITY Services-funded day services for adults with intellectual disabilities will be suspended for two weeks in Winnipeg. The closure will take effect on Monday, May 17 and extend until May 28. Some exceptions may be made where the safety of individuals cannot be managed in residential care or at home during the day. 

Manitoba Families continues to support the redeployment of day services and transportation staff to individuals’ places of residence. Individuals being supported at home will be encouraged to use virtual meetings and other technology to stay connected with friends, families and the broader community.

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru, walk-in, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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

NDP Call for Paid Bereavement Leave for Parents After a Miscarriage

Amanda Lathlin, NDP MLA for the Pas-Kameesak and critic for Families, has signaled her intention to introduce a bill that would allow parents to take up to three days of paid leave following a miscarriage or still birth.

 

“Manitobans who experience a miscarriage or stillbirth need time to grieve,” said Lathlin. “But right now in our province, parents have to cut into their sick leave, lose part of their paycheck, or risk their jobs just to take time off to heal. Women and families deserve better. That’s why we are calling on the PC government to act with compassion and legislate paid leave for grieving parents.”

 

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada estimates that 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec allow women to access a portion of their maternity leave if they miscarry.

 

Currently in Manitoba, if a woman experiences a miscarriage, she can apply for Federal employment insurance, or maternity benefits if the pregnancy ends after 20 weeks. But there is no full wage replacement available for mothers in Manitoba and no paid leave for their partners. New Zealand recently introduced 3 days of paid bereavement leave for grieving mothers and their partners.

 

“We have an opportunity to show progressive leadership here in Manitoba by recognizing the grief that so many families face and giving them time to heal without suffering financial hardship,” said NDP Leader Wab Kinew. “We hope the PCs support women and families by passing this bill.”

PROVINCE TO PARTNER WITH XPLORNET TO IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY TO HUNDREDS OF RURAL, REMOTE AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT MANITOBA

Following a competitive tendering process, the Manitoba government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Xplornet Communications Inc. to connect more than 125,000 unserved or undeserved Manitobans to reliable, high-speed internet services, Premier Brian Pallister and Central Services Minister Reg Helwer announced today.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of broadband connectivity and the need to ensure Manitobans have access to critical and timely information and services no matter where they live, work or travel in Manitoba,” said Pallister. “We recognize the social and economic benefit of a connected Manitoba, and we are pleased to partner with Xplornet, one of Canada’s leading broadband service providers, to provide reliable, high-speed internet and cell services to Manitobans who have gone without these services for far too long.”

The agreement between the province and Xplornet Communications Inc. will provide broadband services to nearly 30 First Nations, and approximately 270 rural and northern communities. Additionally this agreement will also serve 350 communities with cellphone access, the premier noted.

“Xplornet looks forward to collaborating with the government of Manitoba and accelerating our facilities-based network investment plans to deliver improved speeds and unlimited data plans at affordable prices to rural Manitoban homes and businesses,” said Allison Lenehan, president and CEO, Xplornet.

Through Manitoba Hydro, the province owns thousands of kilometres of fibre-optic cable across Manitoba, however much of the network is surplus, unused capacity. The network was created to communicate with northern hydroelectric facilities and transmit data. The province led a multi-stage, open competitive process and an independent third-party fairness monitor oversaw it. Through this agreement, the government will make this surplus capacity available to Xplornet to expand its broadband and cellphone services to Manitobans, as early as this fall.

“This innovative agreement makes use of an existing resource already in place that will help protect Manitobans and advance the connectivity between Manitobans and communities throughout the province,” Helwer. “Access to Manitoba Hydro’s fibre-optic network and tower infrastructure will also greatly reduce the capital investments Xplornet needs to expand into rural and remote communities, allowing for a positive return on investment and the quick delivery of service to Manitobans.”

The Manitoba government, Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Hydro Telecom are collaborating to finalize the contract in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #430

Public health officials advise three new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 60s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in his 70s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a male in his 70s from Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12 per cent provincially and 14.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 560 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 557 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 43,700. 
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 38 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 27 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 34 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 30 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 431 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,046 active cases and 38,652 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 183 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 57 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 240 hospitalizations; 
• 49 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 62 ICU patients; 
• 4,767 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 710,248 and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,002 and due to a data correction, one death that had been reported May 12 has been removed (a male in his 70s from 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 Donwood Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

An outbreak has been declared over at CN Rail (821 Lagimodiere Blvd.) 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. 

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru, walk-in, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 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 #429

Public health officials advise three new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50s from Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a male in his 70s from Interlake-Eastern health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.1 per cent provincially and 14.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 364 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 43,143.

 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 50 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 10 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 34 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 47cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 223 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 3,940 active cases and 38,203 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 162 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 59 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 221 hospitalizations; 
• 50 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 62 ICU patients; 
• 3,567 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 705,377 and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,000.
 
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 St. Norbert Personal Care Home in St. Norbert. The facility has 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. 

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru, walk-in, or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

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 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.     

Why COVID 19 Restrictions are in Place in Northern Manitoba When Case Counts are Lower

Earlier this week The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce issued a statement that they did not approve of the new provincial COVID 19 restrictions that were implemented in the North over concerns it could affect small businesses. One of the new restrictions includes a ban on in person dining at restaurants.

 

Chamber president Jill Wilkinson stated in a news release that people in our region have done everything that they have been told to do and the case numbers have gone down in The Pas and area and have only seen a sharp increase in Winnipeg, and therefore does not believe that we should face the same restrictions as the provincial capital.

 

Arctic Radio received a response from a provincial spokesperson about why these new restrictions are in place provincewide saying quote “case counts have only recently began to drop and there is still lots of travel to the North from the Southern Manitoba and trends in cases can change quickly and its necessary for all Manitobans to stay home to protect our acute care system.

Firearms Incident on OCN

The Manitoba First Nations Police Service Officers Responded to a report of  possible gun shots in the area of Oscar Lathlin Colligate this past Thursday.

 

The police contained the area and after speaking to witnesses that a group of teens had been seen with a long gun, this later lead to the arrest of a 17 year old male who is facing firearms related offences and was remanded into custody.

 

One vehicle sustained gunshot damage but no injuries were reported. 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #428

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

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12 per cent provincially and 14.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 329 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 328 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 42,779.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 24 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• eight cases in the Northern health region;   
• 34 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 28 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 235 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 3,837 active cases and 37,945 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 154 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 60 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 214 hospitalizations; 
• 48 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 59 ICU patients; 
• 2,920 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 701,643; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 997.
 
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. 

 

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. 

 

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible.

 

Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru, walk-in, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

 

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

Grass Fires in The Pas

The Pas Fire Department is  planning more controlled burns in The Pas at the end of First Street, the Halcrow Lake area, and along the rivers edge starting from the bridge and going as far as Bell Avenue.

 

Fire Chief Randy Manych adds that if you see a grass fire with a lot of people around that means it is likely being looked after and the fire department does not need to be notified unless something is as at risk or if it appears the fire is out of control.

 

The fire department responded to two grass fires in the community last Friday one was a controlled burn where no action was required.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #427

Public health officials advise that four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today: 
• a male in his 40s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 50s from the Northern health region;
• 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 Southern Health–Santé Sud region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.6 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 502 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 498 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 42,453.  
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 25 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 10 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 20 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 48 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 399 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 3,771 active cases and 37,683 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 153 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 62 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 215 hospitalizations; 
• 48 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 60 ICU patients; 
• 3,787 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 698,667and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 997.

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. 

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. 

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru, walk-in, or by booking an appointment by calling 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 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 & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'SRESPONSE TO THE LATEST COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

The Pas and District Chamber of Commerce is outraged at the latest restrictions regarding COVID 19. The Province of Manitoba once again has failed to consider that there is a significant population living and working outside of the City of Winnipeg. While the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 has skyrocketed in the past week, the vast majority are from within the City of Winnipeg.

 

Chamber President Jill Wilkinson is stunned by these new restrictions. “Since May 1, 2021, the active cases in The Pas, OCN, and the RM of Kelsey have dropped from 19 to 7. The number of new cases since the first of the month is at 2.” Wilkinson said, “While it is clear the people in this region have done everything that has been asked of them to the point of completely flattening the curve, we now face these new restrictions at the same level as the City of Winnipeg, where nearly all new cases are.”Wilkinson went on to say, “Small communities must have the ability to interact and conduct their business. Shutting down in-house services of restaurants, bars, and patios creates a crushing blow to the small business owners.

 

Hair salons that were just recently allowed to re-open, under strict guidelines, are now being forced to close again. It would not be a surprise to see some of these closures permanent. The Wellness Centre in The Pas is, for some, the only source of regular physical fitness and The Pas Hospitals physiotherapy department works out of that building. Now it is closed. Young people looking forward to playing soccer and ball have been denied.

 

All of this is happening here in our region because those within the perimeter surrounding Winnipeg have been irresponsible.”The Pas District Chamber of Commerce is demanding the province reconsider where and to whom these new restrictions apply. “This is a strange way of saying thanks for doing your part,” said Wilkinson

Niki Ashton Addresses Inaction on Drinking Water Solutions in Indigenous Communities

Our MP Niki Ashton spoke during question period demanding action from the Liberal Government to fix drinking water advisories in First Nations communities.

 

When asked when the government will end drinking water advisories on First Nations Communities Indigenous services minister Marc Miller  said they have been working hard to address this ongoing problem saying they have lifted over 100 water advisories and they will continue to lift more.

 

Miller concluded by saying that one long term water advisory is one too many.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #424

Public health officials advise that one new death in people with COVID-19 has been reported today: 
• a male in his 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.6 per cent provincially and 11.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 502 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 498 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 40,940.  
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 30 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 17 cases in the Northern health region;   
• 32 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 34 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 389 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows: 
• 2,989 active cases and 36,964 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 137 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 64 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 201 hospitalizations; 
• 44 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 56 ICU patients; 
• 4,723 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 685,810; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 987.
 
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. 
 
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. 

Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure that those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible.

Manitobans have several options available to access testing including drive-thru, walk-in or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites through https://patient.petalmd.com/login?error=expired_token&groupId=5930.

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

Highway 10/60 Gang Clean Up This Saturday

The Highway 10/60 gang is planning to have another clean up at the Highway10/60 intersection south of The Pas tomorrow morning.

 

People interested in cleaning up will meet at the A&W at 10AM.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #423

Public health officials advise that four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50s from the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.1 per cent provincially and 10.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 363 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 357 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 40,442.
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 34 cases in the Northern health region;
• 28 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 23 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 263 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows: 
• 2,732 active cases and 36,724 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 123 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 62 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 185 hospitalizations; 
• 40 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 52 ICU patients; 
• 3,947 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 681,038; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 986.
 
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. 
 
Ongoing reviews of active case information has allowed for the removal of an additional 206 cases from ‘active’ to ‘recovered’. This provides a more accurate reporting of ‘active’ cases.

An outbreak has been declared at Lakeshore General Hospital in Ashern. 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 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.

Northern Health Region Get Better Together Program

Russell Thorne from the Northern Health Region spoke to Arctic Radio about the Get Better Together Program that they are now planning to start sometime next week.

 

The program will teach people ways to deal with chronic health conditions.

The program will be done virtually and as of news time a date for the first day of the program has not been set but participants will be notified of the date when they register.

 

To sign up for the program call Thorne at 204-627-6419

COVID-19 BULLETIN #422

Public health officials advise that two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.8 per cent provincially and 9.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 272 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 271 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 40,085.  
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 20 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 13  cases in the Northern health region;   
• 37 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 20 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 182 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 2,780 active cases and 36,323 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 125 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 59 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 184 hospitalizations; 
• 38 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as nine people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 47 ICU patients; 
• 2,803 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 676,845; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 982.
 
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.

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 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/

UCN Virtual Convocation 2021

The University College of The North has announced that they will be having a virtual commencement ceremony for 2021 graduates.

 

The ceremony will be broadcast lived on You Tube on July 24th at one in the afternoon.

 

A virtual ceremony was also held last year and students have the option of submitting a photo or a message that will be displayed at the ceremony as an alternative to walking across the stage.

 

Even if no photos or messages are submitted graduates names will still be displayed and their achievements will be recognized. 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #421

Public health officials advise that one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today: 
• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern. 
 
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.5 per cent provincially and 9.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 291 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 290 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 39,814.  
 
Today’s COVID-19 data shows: 
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• seven cases in the Northern health region;   
• 31 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 29 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 212 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 2,692 active cases and 36,142 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 120 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 62 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 182 hospitalizations; 
• 36 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 47 ICU patients; 
• 2,717 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 673,563; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 980.
 
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. 

 

Outbreaks have been declared at two schools in Winnipeg and they have moved to remote learning – Holy Cross School until May 12 and The King’s School until May 16. Both schools have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

 

The outbreak is declared over at The Swan Valley Lodge Personal Care Home in Swan River.

 

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 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 #420

Public health officials advise that one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is eight per cent provincially and 8.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 251 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 250 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 39,524. 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 20 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 15 cases in the Northern health region;  
• 14 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;  
• 18 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and  
• 184 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 2,593 active cases and 35,952 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 117 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 61 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 178 hospitalizations;
• 32 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 45 ICU patients;
• 2,898 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 670,783; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 979.

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.

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 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.

Grass Fire Near Great North GM

Fire Chief Randy Manych spoke to Arctic Radio about another grass fire near Great North GM here in The Pas this past Thursday.

 

The call came in around 5:28 in the afternoon and the fire crews had the fire out in 10 minutes.

 

Manych wants to remind everyone to ensure that cigarettes and matches are properly extinguished before disposing them and to be careful with other sources of ignition especially when conditions are dry.

 

Fire crews are also planning controlled burns along the Saskatchewan River in the next week or so.

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