The Pas Local News Archives for 2021-06

AMC acknowledges support and calls for reflection on colonial history on Canada Day 2021

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba  As there are wide-spread calls across the country to cancel Canada Day celebrations this year in reaction to the past and ongoing injustices against First Nations, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) issues this statement today to mark the event and to call for reflection on the true history of this country. 

 

First Nations and Canadians are profoundly saddened and distressed as unmarked graves of students who were forced to attend Indian Residential Schools (IRS) died and are now being recovered and announced. There are calls from many First Nations and their allies across the country to hold special commemorative events on July 1st, to honour the stolen spirits recently uncovered in unmarked graves, and the many more whose graves are yet to be discovered, as well as to reconcile the true history of Canada

 

The AMC joins with our fellow First Nations political advocacy organizations, tribal councils, First Nations governments and grassroots organizations in Manitoba in organizing and participating in some of these events scheduled for July 1 

  

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas states, “I urge all Canadians and Manitobans on this Canada Day to honestly reflect on the true history of this country and the price our First Nations ancestors and all of us have paid for the quality of life, affluence and prosperity enjoyed by millions of Canadians. This reflection and acknowledgement that the ancestors paid for Canadian prosperity with their lives will help us all to come to terms with the injustices of the past, help the IRS survivors to heal from the ongoing trauma, and to recommit to chart a new path forward so that there is justice and reparations for the sins that were committed by the Church and State against First Nations in this country in the name of colonization and empire.”    

  

Grand Chief Dumas added, there can be no softening or mischaracterization of the brutal events of the past perpetrated on First Nations: it was genocide and must be recognized as such by all levels of government and, especially, by the Catholic Church in atonement for its transgressions against First Nations. Canada Day presents the perfect opportunity for the Church to repent and for Canada to reset the relationship by standing with and supporting First Nations as we grieve the deaths of these children and as we partner for a better future for this generation of First Nations children and the generations yet unborn.  

  

Grand Chief Dumas added, “I offer a special acknowledgement to the incarcerated inmates: women, men and youth, being held in all the penal institutions across the prairies, who have committed to a hunger strike in support of the stolen and lost children of the IRS system. We have not forgotten you. To all Manitobans and Canadians, all cities and municipal organizations, on behalf of the Assembly, I thank and acknowledge all First Nations allies and all Canadians for your strong show of support during these extremely difficult times. I therefore encourage all Manitobans and Canadians to take a minute on July 1, to acknowledge and reflect on an uncomfortable truth, and if possible join in support of First Nations in some of the scheduled events, including the No Pride in Genocide event.  

  

I understand Canadians are deeply troubled and hurt as the veil of these injustices has been yanked away to reveal a horrific reality, and that some are struggling to come to terms with the extent this country went to exterminate the cultures and languages of the First Nations across this country. I note that there can be no reconciliation without truth, justice and a sharing of the bounty of the land as envisioned by our ancestors when they entered into Treaty.  The work of reconciliation is hard, but it must begin with the truth,” concluded Grand Chief Dumas 

COVID-19 BULLETIN #477

Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 30s from Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern; and
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern.

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, 70 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 56,167.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• seven cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 20 cases in the Northern health region;
• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 12 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 29 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 1,395 active cases and 53,631 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 173 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 77 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 87 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 164 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 55 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 19 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 27 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 46 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - nine Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, all of whom are in Ontario;
• 36 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday.
• 1,616 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 830,897; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,141.

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

Additional data 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. 

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

Due to the Canada Day holiday, there will be no bulletin or online data updates Thursday, July 1. Both will resume Friday, July 2.

National Fishing Week

This Saturday is the start of National Fishing Week an annual event designed to help Canadians experience recreational fishing.

 

Mike Melnik the director of the Canadian National Sport Fishing Foundation says it has been proven that fishing has a positive impact on mental wellness something that is crucial during the pandemic.

 

The CNSF has some tips for staying safe during the pandemic while you are out fishing, practice proper hygiene to prevent the spread of covid, adhere to local restrictions, and practice social distancing.

 

To learn more about National Fishing Week visit catchfishing.com

COMMUNITY-LED, TARGETED VACCINE OUTREACH EFFORTS TO DELIVER 20,000 MORE DOSES TO ACHIEVE VACCINATION TARGETS

25 Community Grants will Provide $390,000 to Support Vaccine Uptake
 In Low Immunization Communities: Pallister

The Manitoba government is partnering with community-led organizations to increase COVID-19 vaccination uptake, help protect Manitobans and ensure the province reaches its vaccination targets as quickly as possible, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Getting as many Manitobans vaccinated as quickly and safely as they can is key to ending this pandemic and getting our lives back,” said Pallister. “Our community-hosted vaccination program will make it easier for people from all walks of life to get vaccinated in way that is comfortable and accessible to them.”

The first 25 projects have been selected to receive more than $390,000 through the ProtectMB Community Outreach and Incentive Grant. This initiative provides support to sport, religious, arts, cultural and community organizations, businesses and schools to encourage vaccinations and uptake rates in communities with lower immunization rates.

Funded projects include:
• Steinbach Community Outreach, which works with local people who do not have phone or internet access, will host a BBQ in partnership with a local clinic, where medical professionals will provide information and answer questions about vaccination;
• Macdonald Youth Services, guided by its youth peer council, will co-ordinate outreach and education with the diverse youth it serves including Indigenous youth, youth aging out of care, those experiencing poverty and homelessness, LGBTQ2S+ youth, immigrant youth, and youth with mental health and addiction issues; and
• the Hindu Society of Manitoba will host a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Hindu Temple and Dr. Raj Pandey Hindu Centre on July 9, with funding to be used to promote vaccination, engage with community members and to connect people who are unsure or have questions about the vaccine with a health-care professional. 

The Hindu Society of Manitoba plans to also use seminars, community-focused promotion and educational materials to increase awareness and encourage high levels of uptake at the vaccine clinic.

“We are excited to be one of the recipients of the community grant. By supporting community-driven projects, we believe that our efforts will be extremely effective in reaching those in our community that have not been able to get a vaccine yet,” Kirit Thakrar, president, Hindu Society of Manitoba. “This funding will be used to further our vaccine education efforts, and provide a safe and comfortable place for members of the community to get their vaccine.”

These initiatives will support the province’s Community Partners for Vaccine Administration, which is supplying 20,000 vaccine doses for community-level administration. This will help overcome barriers to vaccine accessibility and facilitate vaccine uptake in community and business-hosted organizations, the premier noted.

As an example, the province is working with NFI Group Inc. to provide vaccines to their staff and family members, who do not have the flexibility or means to attend a super site.

“A short employee survey followed by some quick dialogue and co-operation with the vaccine task force is allowing us to host a number of clinics directly at our New Flyer Transcona and MCI Fort Garry facilities,” said Paul Soubry, president and CEO, NFI Group Inc.. “Early indications are that we will be able to vaccinate about 1,000 members of our team and their family members, about half of which have not yet had their first dose.”

The province has also established a system where community partners and congregate living facilities with suitable medical staff or existing capacity to administer immunizations can order vaccines and manage their own vaccine outreach efforts. This can include sites like correctional facilities, hospitals, personal care homes, and organizations such as St. Amant.

Last week, St. Amant delivered about 500 doses of vaccine to people with disabilities and support staff and their families at a drive-thru clinic. As a result, many people who would not be well served at a super site or other clinic were able to be immunized in a comfortable location from people with expertise in supporting people with additional needs.

“St. Amant’s goal is to support and enhance the vaccine campaign by helping vulnerable people who are not well served at a super site to access their vaccine; this includes people with disabilities as well as staff and their family members,” said John Leggat, president and CEO of St. Amant. “We saw people who had tried unsuccessfully to get their vaccine up to four times previously and we were finally able to support them. Our organization and our community is grateful to the province for supporting this initiative, and to all of our staff and volunteers who made it happen.”

More information about all 25 projects funded by the ProtectMB Community Outreach and Incentive Grant are available online at https://protectmb.ca. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and successful projects will be regularly updated.

Town of The Pas and The Wellness Organizing Canada Day Events This Year

Arctic Radio was notified yesterday that The Town of The Pas and the Wellness Centre will not be organizing any Canada Day events this year.

 

According to an email from the Wellness Centre there will be a fireworks display being organized by someone else and it’s set to be held at the agriculture grounds here in The Pas at 11:15PM on July 2nd

 

The COVID 19 pandmeic is one of the difficulties behind raising events this year and the town and the wellness centre are hoping to organize some Canada Day events next year.

MKO Statement on Supported Guardianship Program

MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee is speaking out against the province’s Supported Guardianship Program.

 

The program was announced by Manitoba Families Minister Rochelle Squires earlier this month.

 

Settee expressed concern and said that the same policy that has devastated First Nation communities nationwide through the sixties scoop and the residential schools continues with this program.

                                               

He says the provincial government is giving the General Authority the red light to bypass their adoption act through this guardianship process. This means they do not have to notify First Nation leaderships about their members being adopted out. Settee says quote - “this practice is unacceptable to our First Nations.”

 

The Supported Guardianship Program is for children who are permanent wards or in cases where a Child and Family Services agency intends to seek a permanent order. Supported guardianship will have to be approved by the child’s culturally appropriate authority, according to Squires.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #475

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 6.2 per cent provincially and 5.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 61 new cases of the virus have been identified. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 56,036.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 20 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• eight cases in the Northern health region;
• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 27 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 1,454 active cases and 53,443 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 194 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 95 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 88 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 183 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 61 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 26 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 24 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 50 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 11 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, all of whom are in Ontario;
• 36 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1,468 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 828,130; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,139.

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

Additional data 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. 

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.     

Rotary Club of The Pas Makes a Donation to a Group Dedicated to Stopping the Spread of Zebra Mussels

The Rotary Club of The Pas has donated $2.500 to a group called Citizens for Protecting our Northern Waterways a group that’s committed to stopping the spread of zebra mussels to Northern Manitoba water ways.

 

The money will be used for posting information signs at The Pas boat launch at the Saskatchewan River, The Clearwater Lake Boat Launch, and other boat launches in the area.

 

The organizations president Chris Smith spoke to Arctic Radio and said he is very grateful for the donation and support from the Rotary Club of The Pas.

 

He encourages everyone to visit zebra mussel prevention dot com to find some tips on how you can prevent the spread of zebra mussels

COVID-19 BULLETIN #472

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
•    a male in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.9 per cent provincially and 6.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 85 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 84 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 55,777.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    eight cases in the Northern health region;
•    five cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;    
•    nine cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and    
•    53 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:   
·    1,635 active cases and 53,007 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    197 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces, including:  
−    98 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 87 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 185 hospitalizations;   
·    a total of 66 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
−    28 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 26 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 54 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
−    12 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 11 in Ontario and one in Alberta;   
·    35 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
−    no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday.
·    1,625 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 823,640; and
·    the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,135.

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

Additional data 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.  

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.    

OLC Grad

The Oscar Lathlin Collegiate seniors are set to take the stage as the graduation ceremony will be held tomorrow starting at 9 am.

 

The event will be happening at the Jake Constant Memorial Bus Depot and though grads will be handed their diplomas in person, family members are being encouraged to watch the event virtually though the OLC’s Social media.

 

Attendees will be lining up between the schools, vehicles will be screened upon entering the facility and will only be allowed to contain individuals from the same house hold.

 

The grade 8 prom is being held today, under the same guide lines.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #470

Public health officials advise four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 20s from Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the alpha variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the unspecified variant of concern; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the alpha variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is?7.6 per cent provincially and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 69 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, seven cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 62 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 55,467.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• four cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 15 cases in the Northern health region;
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 16 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 33 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,860 active cases and 52,478 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 224 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 123 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 87 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 210 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 71 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 34 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 57 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 14 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 13 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 33 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday; and
• 1,243 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 817,797; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,129.

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

The outbreaks have been declared over at the Dauphin River Health Centre, medical unit, in Dauphin and the St. Maurice Daycare Inc. in Winnipeg.

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. 

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.   

Manitoba Begins its Reopening Plan Saturday

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced this week Manitobans surpassed the first key vaccination benchmarks set out in the Reopening Plan with over 71 percent of eligible Manitobans at least partially immunized and more than 27 percent having received both doses.

 

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says effective 12:01 Saturday Stage One can take place with outdoor gatherings on private property to double to ten persons, public outdoor gathering sizes increase to 25 persons, retail businesses open with a capacity of 25 percent or 250 with no restrictions on the number of household members permitted to shop together, personal services at 50 percent capacity by appointment only and restaurants and bars open at 25 percent capacity indoors and 50 percent outdoors.

 

Indoor faith services and organized community gatherings can resume at 25 percent capacity or 25 people and 25 for outdoor and 10 for indoor weddings and funerals. People who are fully vaccinated can travel outside of Manitoba without self isolating on their return.

 

Complete details can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

These are in effect until the next milestone which is August 2nd.

The Pas Kinettes Donation for The Pas Families Building a Better Community

The Pas Kinettes have provided The Pas Families Building a Better Community Group with a $10,000 donation to go towards their skate park project.

 

The Pas Families BBC Vice President Jerome Conanty spoke to Arctic Radio and would like to thank the Kinettes for their donation and commended them for continuing to fundraise during the pandemic.

 

The skate park is being built in different phases and you can keep up to date with The Pas Families BBC on their Facebook group.

Drugs Seized in Moose Lake

Last week, the RCMP and the North District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team conducted a traffic stop and executed a search warrant at a residence in Moose Lake as part of an ongoing drug investigation.

 

Three adults were arrested at the traffic stop and an 18 year old woman was arrested at the residence.

 

A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of weapons, money, cocaine, and drug trafficking paraphernalia.

 

The search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of various narcotics, money, and weapons.

 

The three suspects in the vehicle were arrested and are facing drug charges and the 18 year old woman was released without charge.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #469

Public health officials advise four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 20s from Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern;
• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the alpha variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the unspecified variant of concern; and
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the alpha variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is?7.6 per cent provincially and 6.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 69 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, seven cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 62 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 55,467.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• four cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 15 cases in the Northern health region;
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 16 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 33 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
• 1,860 active cases and 52,478 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 224 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 123 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 87 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 210 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 71 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 34 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 57 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 14 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 13 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 33 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday; and
• 1,243 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 817,797; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,129.

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

The outbreaks have been declared over at the Dauphin River Health Centre, medical unit, in Dauphin and the St. Maurice Daycare Inc. in Winnipeg.

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. 

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 Lathlin on $2.5 Million Funding Announcement to Search Residential School Sites

With the news that the Manitoba Government will commit 2.5 Million Dollars to search former residential school sites in the province for children’s remains our MLA Amanda Lathlin spoke to Arctic Radio and was very happy with the announcement.

 

Lathlin says this commitment is important to her as she had family that attended residential school and searching for unmarked graves will help the families that lost children to residential school to begin their healing journey.

COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls

Doctors Manitoba is holding COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls this week as a way for Manitobans to ask questions and raise concerns and get answers directly from physicians.

 

Each town hall will feature a panel of doctors, which will be broadcast on Youtube.

 

President Doctor Kristjan Thompson says there is a lot of information about vaccines circulating, some accurate and some misleading, and that doctors want to share the facts so residents can make an informed decision about getting immunized.

 

A town hall of youth and parents will be held tonight at 6:30, while a town hall for all Manitobans will be tomorrow night at 6:30.

 

For more information or to send in a question in advance, visit manitobavaccine.ca

COVID-19 BULLETIN #468

Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern and to the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital 3U4-7.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is eight per cent provincially and 6.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 74 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 55,405.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• three cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• three cases in the Northern health region;
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 15 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 50 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 2,075 active cases and 52,205 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 246 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 141 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 90 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 231 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 73 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 37 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 21 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 58 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 15 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 14 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 33 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1,568 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 816,536; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,125.

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

The outbreak has been declared over at Boundary Trails Health Centre in Winkler.

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. 

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.     

PROVINCE PROVIDING $355,000 TO CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE BEDS FOR OSCARS PLACE HOMELESS SHELTER

The Manitoba government will provide an annual grant of $355,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to operate 26 overnight beds at the Oscar’s Place shelter to support continued protection of vulnerable populations in The Pas and surrounding areas, Families Minister Rochelle Squires announced today.

 

“Oscar’s Place operates at full or close-to-full capacity every night and is an important resource that many vulnerable people in The Pas rely on,” said Squires. “Our government will continue to work with local stakeholders to develop a long-term sustainable approach to keeping the facility open for the protection of vulnerable individuals in and around that community.”

 

The minister noted the funding will enable the facility to operate for 14 hours overnight, an increase from the current 12-hour operation, and will support the delivery of programming through applications to Reaching Home, Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

 

“We are honoured to partner with the Manitoba government to expand our service delivery in The Pas and surrounding areas by assuming oversight and administration for Oscar’s Place,” said James Wigley, executive director, CMHA Parkland and The Pas Region (Swan Valley Branch). “Providing a safe and stable place of rest for our communities’ more vulnerable individuals, when they need it, is an important basic need that must be met.”

 

Oscar’s Place is the only emergency shelter in the region and serves the surrounding community.

 

“On behalf of the Town of The Pas, we are pleased and excited to see the changes being implemented at Oscar’s Place,” said Mayor Herb Jacques, The Pas. “The CMHA has a good reputation when it comes to these types of challenges, and we look forward to seeing what they have in mind for our community and the people that make use of Oscar’s Place.”

 

Since last November, provincial employees have provided staffing support to Oscar’s Place in response to an outbreak of COVID-19. The minister acknowledged concerned community members who formed Stand Up for Oscar’s Place (SUOP) to take over responsibility for the shelter and prevent its closure.

 

“We thank SUOP for its hard work and advocacy in keeping Oscar’s Place open to support vulnerable populations in The Pas and the surrounding region,” said Squires.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #465

Public health officials advise four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 30s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the unspecified variant of concern;
• a female in her 60s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the alpha variant of concern; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the alpha variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.3 per cent provincially and 8.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 189 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, six cases were removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 183 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 55,098.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 19 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 38 cases in the Northern health region;
• 19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 26 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 87cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 2,436 active cases and 51,547 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 258 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 143 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 95 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 238 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 80 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 37 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 60 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 20 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 19 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 30 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 2,122 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 811,572; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,115. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported on June 16 has been removed (a female in her 80s from Winnipeg health region and linked to the alpha variant of concern and the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital (3U4-7).)

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

Additional data 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. 

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 Lathlin

I wanted to provide an update on several of the private members bills I’ve introduced this session.

 

The first is Bill 213 ‘The Reporting of Supports for Child Survivors of Sexual Assault Act (Trained Health Professionals and Evidence Collection Kits)’. This bill will require the health minister to report annually on the number of health professionals with special training to examine children who have been sexually assaulted and on sexual assault evidence kit inventory for each health region.

 

On May 20th, it was a rare and beautiful day where we all agreed and voted in the chamber to support Bill 213 and it was given royal assent. Once proclaimed, this will hold the government accountable for ensuring that there are adequate resources in place to support children living in northern and rural Manitoba who have been sexually assaulted. I’ve since spoken to the Minister of Health and Seniors Care, Heather Stefanson, who’s told me that there is currently work in progress to begin coordinating the work required in the department.

 

The other bill I’ve introduced is Bill 231, The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act (Leave for Miscarriage or Stillbirth). This bill would allow employees to take up to three days' paid leave if their pregnancy or the pregnancy of their partner ends in a miscarriage or stillbirth. This bill would help parents deal with the physical, emotional and mental trauma that occurs due to miscarriage and stillbirths. It would also give parents the ability to properly grieve without having to choose between healing and financially supporting their families. This bill has not yet gone to a vote, but I am hopeful that the Pallister government will do the right thing and choose to support it in the fall. I am looking forward to the debate on Bill 231.

 

Please stay safe. If anyone wishes to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns, please send me an email at Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or call me at 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #464

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


• a female in her 60s 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 8.8 per cent provincially and 8.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 183 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, seven cases were removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 176 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 54,915.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 34 cases in the Northern health region;
• 20 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 27 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 90 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 2,532 active cases and 51,271 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 266 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 155 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 91 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 246 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 80 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 40 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 20 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 60 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 20 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 19 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 30 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 2,079 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 809,449; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,112.

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

The outbreak is declared over at Tabor Home in Morden and Bethesda Regional Health Centre, medical unit, in Steinbach. 

Students in Dauphin will remain in remote learning for the remainder of the year, while Morden will resume in-class learning on June 21.

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. 

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.   

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations

June 21st is National Indigenous peoples day and The Pas Friendship Centre is planning virtual celebrations.

 

They include dancing, drumming, and speeches from elders and the live stream is set to begin at 8:30 Monday morning.

 

You can watch the live stream on the friendship centres Facebook page or on their You Tube channel or on tpfcpa.wixsite.com/tpfriendshipcentre

Niki Ashton Demanding Independent Oversight for Residential School Searches

During question period yesterday our MP Niki Ashton accused the federal Liberals of refusing to help first nations uncover mass graves at former residential schools in Canada and for not listening to the demands to have the International Commission on missing persons assist.

 

The Liberal Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett says all Canadians were heartbroken when they learned of the discovery of a mass grave of children discovered at the former residential school in Kamloops BC and they are working with the community to provide all the resources and supports needed.

 

Bennett added that they are reaching out to all indigenous communities across Canada to help them to find their lost children, how to heal, and how they can access the 27 million dollars of funding being offered on an urgent basis.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #463

Public health officials advise seven new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 40s 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 male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern and to the outbreak at Carman Memorial Hospital;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked the outbreak at Carman Memorial Hospital; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern and to the outbreak at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 3U4-7.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.7 per cent provincially and 9.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 144 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 143 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 54,739.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• eight cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 18 cases in the Northern health region.
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 29 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 80 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 2,799 active cases and 50,829 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 273 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 166 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 85 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 251 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 83 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 44 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 61 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 22 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 21 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 28 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 2,096 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 807,291; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,111.

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

Additional data 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. 

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.     

ReconciliACTION begins for children's health care with the announcement of a new project led by Dr. Melanie Morris.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba launches an Indigenous-led  project at HSC Winnipeg Children’s Hospital for kids and their families while in hospital for care.  Fifty per cent of kids treated at HSC Children’s are Indigenous, many from remote and Northern communities.

 

In Manitoba, Indigenous children are three to five times more likely to be affected by several diseases/conditions. The incidence and prevalence of diseases such as diabetes, circulatory (heart) and respiratory diseases (Pediatric TB), and some cancers are increasing in Indigenous children to a greater extent than non-Indigenous children. These diseases require long-term care with specialist teams, which often means visiting the hospital for years.

 

Recognizing the value of Indigenous healing practices and making them available for Indigenous patients where requested is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 22:

 

We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian health-care system to recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and use them in the treatment of Aboriginal patients in collaboration with Aboriginal healers and Elders where requested by Aboriginal patients. (TRC Action item 22)

 

When: Thursday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

Where: Virtual News Conference via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84147241146

Webinar ID: 841 4724 1146

No passcode required.

 

Who: 

Speaking at event:

  • Stefano Grande, president & CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
  • Zoe Richardson, chair, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba
  • Dr. Patricia Birk, provincial specialty lead, Child Health, Shared Health; department head, Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, UM
  • Dr. Melanie Morris, pediatric surgeon; physician lead, Indigenous Health, HSC Children’s and Pediatrics & Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine, UM
  • Rebecca Chartrand, chair, Indigenous Advisory Circle, CHFM
  • Elders:  Margaret Lavallee, Lavinia Brown, Sherry Copenace
  • Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
  • Chief Dennis Meeches, Treaty 1 Development Corp, Long Plain First Nation
  • Damon Johnston, president, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
  • Leona Star, First Nations Social Secretariat of Manitoba
  • Noah Erenberg, community grants associate, Winnipeg Foundation
  • Jodi Carradice, chief people & culture officer, Wawanesa Insurance

Questions?

Contact Kathryn McBurney – kmcburney@hsc.mb.ca, or 204-803-8518

The Pas Preschool is Having their Annual General Meeting

The Pas Preschool is having their annual general meeting virtually on June 28th at 7:30 in the evening.

 

To register email, bettyyoung543@hotmail.com Additional information can be found on The Pas What’s happening in the tri Community Facebook page.

The Pas Preschool Applications

The Pas Preschool is now accepting applications for the upcoming school year.

 

School sessions run in the morning and the afternoon and the cost is $10.40 for one session and the term fee is $20.

 

If you would like to sign up your child call 204-623-7700.

Town of The Pas Public Hearing

The Town of The Pas is planning to have a public hearing at the end of the month.

 

According to The Pas Assistant CAO Jenn Early The concrete plant located across from Manitoba Hydro is planning to set up work trailers on their work lot and the hearing will give people an opportunity to voice concerns they may have.

 

The hearing is scheduled for June 28th at 6PM.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #462

Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:


• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern and the outbreak at Carman Memorial Hospital; and
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.

 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.6 per cent provincially and 9.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 116 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 115 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 54,596.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:


• three cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 23 cases in the Northern health region.
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 28 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and   
• 55 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 2,972 active cases and 50,520 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 290 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 186 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 80 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 266 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 87 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 46 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 63 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   -  24 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 23 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 26 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1,532 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 805,146; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,104.

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

The outbreak has been declared over at Grace Hospital, 3 South, in Winnipeg.

 

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. 

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.   

You Can Still Provide Input on Manitoba Fishing Regulations

The province has launched online public engagement to seek input for changes to Manitoba’s Angling regulations. 

 

Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy outlines proposed changes to the regulation and management of recreational angling.  Proposed changes in the strategy include modernizing angling licenses, changing angling seasons, possession limits and size restrictions to ensure protection of fish populations, implementing a future ban on the harvest and use of aquatic live bait including bait fish and leaches to reduce the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species, instituting minor changes to ice fishing regulations including contact information displayed on permanent ice fishing shelters and removal dates and updating enforcement of fisheries offences.

 

Implementation of Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy is proposed to take effect on April 1st, 2023

 

 To learn more visit engagemb.ca/angling.  The online public engagement closes June 30th.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Public Health Orders

Opaskwayak Cree Nation has announced that public health orders are in effect until at least June 26th of this year.

 

According to a statement from OCN this is due to COVID 19 variants of concern that have put a strain on both local and provincial health care systems and require urgent action from the community.

 

Visitors are not permitted on OCN properties including on yards and patios and members are asked to stick with their own household bubbles.

 

OCN’s community wide curfew from 11PM until 5:30 AM is also still in effect.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day to highlight ageism and inequality around the globe.

 

Penny Byer from the Thompson Seniors Community Resource Council explains less than a third of elder abuse incidents get reported, which can be attributed to a variety of factors.

 

Some include the abused elder not wanting to bring shame or legal action against their abuser, who is likely to be a family member or caregiver, and feel they rely on them for things like social interaction and shelter.

 

Byer adds that the victim may feel ashamed, feel the abuse is a private issue that shouldn’t be shared outside the home, or may not speak or understand the language support services that are offered in Canada such as English or French.

 

Byer encourages people to use the Seniors Abuse Support Line at 1-888-896-7183 if they or someone they know is being abused.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #461

Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 50s 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 10.7 per cent provincially and 10.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 124 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 54,481.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• four cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 14 cases in the Northern health region.
• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 19 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 80 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:  
• 3,111 active cases and 50,268 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 297 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
   - 194 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 77 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 271 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 86 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
   - 42 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 60 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
   - 26 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 25 in Ontario and one in Alberta;  
• 26 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care;
   - no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 1,667 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 803,597; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,102, as over the weekend one death was removed due to a data correction.

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

Additional data 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. 

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 Summer Tourism Video

The Pas community Development Corporations Economic Development Coordinator Jackie Rechenmacher spoke to Arctic Radio about their plans to create a new tourism video to showcase summer tourist attractions in the area and she is looking for people to take part in the filming.

 

If you or your community event is interested in taking part in this tourism video you can call 204-627-1118 or visit thepascdc.com

COVID-19 BULLETIN #458

Public health officials advise two new deaths in persons with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s 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 10.6 per cent provincially and 11 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 223 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 222 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 53,872.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 20 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 27 cases in the Northern health region. 
• 14 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 36 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 126 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  
The data also shows:  
• 3,490 active cases and 49,293 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 306 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
  - 197 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 79 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 276 hospitalizations;  
  - a total of 93 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
    o 45 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 18 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 63 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
    o 30 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 27 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta;  
• 23 patients previously receiving care in an out of province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care including two who were repatriated yesterday;
• no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 2,267 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 797,359; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,089.

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 (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 Dauphin Regional Health Centre, surgery unit, in Dauphin.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.     

Wabowden RCMP Arrest Unruly Bus Passenger

On June 9, 2021, at approximately 11:20 pm, Wabowden RCMP responded to a report of an unruly male passenger being removed from a bus as it made a stop in the community of Wabowden. 

Officers were advised that a male had exited the bus and walked away on foot. Patrols were made in the community, and the male was located walking along Fleming Drive, heading towards Highway 6.

In speaking with the male, the officer noted he was in an agitated state. As the officer attempted to approach the male, he immediately turned towards the officer and pulled a knife from his waistband. The male began walking towards the officer in a threatening manner, at which time, the officer advised the male he was under arrest and ordered him to drop the knife. He refused to comply.

At this time, a second officer arrived on scene. The suspect then turned around and attempted to walk away. Efforts were made to communicate with the suspect who continued to utter threats towards the officers and he refused to drop the knife. One of the officers then deployed a conducted energy weapon to which the suspect complied with the officers’ demands to lie down. The male was then taken into custody without injury.

The 30-year-old male, from Tadoule Lake, remains in police custody and will be remanded on charges including Resisting Arrest, Uttering Threats, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Assaulting a Police Officer with Weapon.

Flin Flon RCMP Investigate Threats to Local High School

On June 9, 2021, at approximately 5:20 pm, Flin Flon RCMP were notified of a threat to “shoot up” the high school in Flin Flon, Manitoba. The school is in remote learning at this time, with minimal staff and students attending the building.

 

Through investigation, officers were able to locate three suspects – two males aged 14 and one 15-year-old male. One of the males had access to firearms in his home. Those were voluntarily turned over to police until the conclusion of the investigation.

 

The suspects were arrested and charged with Uttering Threats. All have been released from custody. Police do not believe those attending the school are in danger. The school has not been locked down.

 

“RCMP take all threats of this nature seriously and investigate them fully,” said Sgt Mark Svaren, Flin Flon RCMP Detachment Commander. “Officers will make arrests and lay charges. Threatening to shoot up a school is not a joke. Words can have consequences, and they certainly did in this case.”

 

The investigation is continuing.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #455

Public health officials advise six new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:


• a male in his 60s from Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an unspecified variant of concern;
• a male in his 70s from Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;


• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s 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 the outbreak at Beacon Hill Lodge Personal Care Home; and


• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the outbreak at Carman Memorial Hospital.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.1 per cent provincially and 11.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 251 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 247 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 53,650.

 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 16 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 41 cases in the Northern health region;
• 17 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 35 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 142 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  
The data also shows:  
• 3,600 active cases and 48,963 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 316 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including: 
f{ 206 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 80 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 286 hospitalizations;  
f{ a total of 94 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
o 48 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 16 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 64 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
o 30 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 27 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta;  
• 23 patients previously receiving care in an out of province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care including two who were repatriated yesterday;
• two COVID-19 patients in ICU were transported yesterday to Ontario facilities in London and Thunder Bay;


• 2,593 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 795,068; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,087.

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 (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 St. Norbert Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.

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

Due to the continuing health and safety concerns caused by the third wave of the COVID-19 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 25. Some exceptions may be made where the safety of individuals cannot be managed either in their residential care facility or at their family 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 to ensure individuals receive the care and support they need during this challenging time.

Individuals are encouraged to continue following current public health orders, adhere to infection prevention and control protocols, and use virtual meetings and other technology to stay connected with friends, families and the broader community.

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/.

MANITOBA LAUNCHES '4-3-2-ONE GREAT SUMMER' REOPENING PATH

The Manitoba government has launched its safe summer reopening path with more openings and fewer restrictions for Manitobans beginning by Canada Day, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Summer is coming and vaccines are here,” said Pallister. “Our ‘4-3-2-One Great Summer’ Reopening Path rewards Manitobans with greater freedoms and fewer restrictions on our lives and economy as more and more of us get vaccinated.”
 
The 4-3-2-One Great Summer Reopening Path sets out a clear path for more openings and fewer restrictions as vaccination levels rise over the course of the summer. It focuses on the four reopening categories Manitobans value most, three summer holiday milestones for phasing out COVID-19 restrictions, and the two public health responsibilities Manitobans must continue to follow to ensure the province can reopen and stay open.

These include: 
• four reopening categories – gathering and socializing, travel and tourism, shopping and services, and dining out and entertainment;
• three holiday milestones – Canada Day, August Long Weekend and Labour Day; and
• two public health responsibilities – getting vaccinated and following public health orders that lower the risk of COVID-19.

Key to reopening safely is Manitoba's collective progress in getting vaccinated and reducing COVID-19 spread in communities and hospitals. Each holiday milestone for reopening will have a one-dose and two-dose immunization goal to guide progress in keeping Manitobans safe.

The immunization targets are:
• over 70 per cent of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 25 per have received their second dose by Canada Day;
• 75 per cent or greater of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 50 per have received their second dose by the August long weekend; and
• 80 per cent or greater of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 75 per have received their second dose by Labour Day.

“This reopening path aligns with public health advice on phasing out restrictions as more Manitobans get vaccinated,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer. “This path to reopen businesses, services and facilities and our ability to gather with each other relies on Manitobans getting that second dose while continuing to follow the public health orders, and I encourage everyone to book their first and second doses as soon as possible.”

Reopening activity levels will be tied to the first and second dose immunization targets including:
• meeting vaccine targets by Canada Day means businesses, services and facilities can open at
25 per cent capacity or greater levels;
• meeting vaccine targets by the August long weekend means businesses, services and facilities can open at 50 per cent capacity or greater levels; and
• meeting vaccine targets by Labour Day means businesses, services and facilities can open with limited restrictions.

“The more of us who get vaccinated, the faster we can regain our freedoms and enjoy what we’ve lost this past year and a half,” said Pallister. “There are two ways to reopen safely – getting vaccinated as soon as you are able and continuing to follow the public health orders.”

For more information on the 4-3-2-One Great Summer Reopening Path, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19/prs/reopening/index.html.

Monthly Mayor Reports for May

The monthly mayor reports for the month of may have been finalized, The Pas had mainly disturbance of the peace and mischief cases along with 110 prisoners held.

 

The RM of Kelsey had mainly provincial traffic violations a total of 85, and the community of Cormorant had 7 offences committed ranging from assault to disturbance of the peace.

NEW VACCINE LOTTERY TO ENCOURAGE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR ALL ELIGIBLE MANITOBANS

The Manitoba government is launching a new provincewide lottery that will award nearly $2 million in cash and scholarships this summer to encourage Manitobans to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Vaccination is the fastest way to overcome COVID-19 and safely restore our services and activities,” said Pallister. “Urgency is important. We need Manitobans to get vaccinated to protect each other and protect our health-care system. The sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner we can get our lives back. This lottery gives Manitobans even more reasons to roll up their sleeves – not once, but twice.”

Manitoba will hold two lottery draws over the summer. All Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received at least one dose of vaccine on or before Aug. 2 will be eligible for the first draw. All Manitobans aged 12 and up who have received two doses on or before Sept. 6 will be eligible for the second draw.

Each lottery draw will award:
• three prizes of $100,000 in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (excluding Churchill);
• a $100,000 prize in each of the remaining regional health authorities: Prairie Mountain Health, Southern Health–Santé Sud, Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority and Northern Regional Health Authority (including Churchill); and
• 10 draws for $25,000 scholarships for young people aged 12 to 17 across the province, for a total of $250,000.

All people who have been immunized with either a first or second dose are automatically eligible and will be entered into the lottery for a chance to win. A process has been put in place to ensure all information used for the purposes of the draw is protected and secure. Each draw will be held once eligible immunizations administered as of the lottery deadlines have been entered in the provincial database.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries will be responsible for conducting the lotteries and a third-party auditor will provide additional oversight.

“Trust and accountability are an integral part of every lottery, and we will ensure that all Manitobans can have confidence in the fairness and integrity of this process,” said Manny Atwal, president and CEO, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. “As we have seen in other jurisdictions, lotteries can act as an incentive to encourage vaccination. We are proud of our role in the goal to get as many Manitobans immunized as quickly as possible.”

This includes setting out how Manitobans who were vaccinated outside of the province may ensure their eligibility by reporting their vaccination to a public health office. Any Manitoban who wishes not to be part of the lottery may opt out via a simple process to be outlined in the near future.

For more information about the Manitoba Vaccination Lottery, visit https://protectmb.ca/lottery. Additional details on the lottery will also be provided at this site in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #455

Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12 per cent provincially and 12.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 237 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 234 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 53,153.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 13 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 21 cases in the Northern health region. 
• 17 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 42 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 144 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  
The data also shows:  
• 3,836 active cases and 48,238 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 336 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including:
   - 222 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 78 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 300 hospitalizations; 
   - a total of 104 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
     o 51 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 68 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
     o 36 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 33 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta; 
• 17 patients previously receiving care in an out of province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals including one who was repatriated yesterday; 
• 1,993 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 789,759; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,079.

Public health officials advise all public and independent kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in Dauphin will remain in remote learning until Monday, June 21. Public health will review the situation at that time. The change has been recommended as COVID-19 case counts are elevated in the 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 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 is over at Donwood Manor in Winnipeg.

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

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.   

MANITOBA LAUNCHES NEW, SECURE IMMUNIZATION CARDS FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

Fully immunized Manitobans will now be able to travel without having to self-isolate for two weeks upon return with a new, secure immunization card that will be available to people two weeks after they have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“Many Manitobans have rolled up their sleeves over these past few months and done their part in protecting our province, and I want to commend them for doing so,” said Pallister. “Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love and miss is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated. As a government, we are doing everything we can to bolster vaccine availability and accessibility, and equipping Manitobans with the information and support they need to make the right decision to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.”

The premier noted that inter-provincial travel without being required to self-isolate on the return to Manitoba is one of the first benefits from being fully immunized. In addition, Manitoba health-care facilities, including hospitals and personal care homes, will permit expanded visitation if both the patient/resident and visitor are fully vaccinated. This benefit is expected to be extended to health-care facility visitation in the coming week. Individuals also will continue to be exempt from self-isolation if they are an identified close contact of a COVID-19 case if they are fully vaccinated, with direction provided from public health officials. Additional benefits are expected to be added in the coming weeks.

To be eligible to receive an immunization card, Manitobans must:
• have a Manitoba health card;
• have received two doses of a vaccine; and
• wait 14 days after getting the second dose of vaccine, so it can take full effect.

The premier noted the process to order a new immunization card is quick, simple and secure. Two weeks after receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Manitobans may apply for the card using the new online portal at https://immunizationcard.manitoba.ca/.

The digital and physical cards contain no personal health information or data. Rather, the cards only show the person’s first and last names and a QR code. When scanned, the QR code will show the person is fully vaccinated.

Once someone has successfully completed the online request, they will automatically receive access to a digital card. There is also an option to request a physical card that will be mailed to the address on the applicant’s Manitoba health card. If a physical card is requested, it can be expected in the mail within 14 days.

People who would like to request their card but do not have internet access can contact the insured benefits branch of Manitoba Health and Seniors Care at 204-786-7101 or 1-800-392-1207 (toll-free) to request a card. Individuals are encouraged to seek assistance from family and friends before contacting the province. 

“We are all eager to be able to travel, visit family and friends, and enjoy the many freedoms we have taken for granted and missed these many months,” said Pallister. “Getting vaccinated and following public health orders to protect each other and our health-care system is the fastest way to save our summer and get back to doing some of the things we love and see the people we miss.”

The new card provides proof of immunization status only. Other details, such as dates of immunization and the type of vaccine received are part of an individual’s COVID-19 immunization record, which is also available online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html.

For more information or to apply for a secure immunization card, visit:
https://immunizationcard.manitoba.ca/.

COVID 19 Vaccination Clinic New Location

The Northern Health Region has announced that effective today the COVID 19 vaccine clinic will be at the Royal Canadian Legion here in The Pas.

 

The operating hours will remain the same from 11AM until 6PM.

University College of the North Creates Information Technology Readiness North Project

(The Pas, MB) – University College of the North’s (UCN) newest information technology project sets out to lessen the digital and economic divide for Indigenous women in the North.

 

UCN is launching first-of-its-kind IT training for women in Northern Manitoba in September 2021. The Information Technology Readiness North (InTeRN) program is a research-based pilot project that will work to address gaps and barriers preventing northern women from finding IT jobs.

 

“What the North lacks in IT, we make up in potential waiting to be discovered. The world needs the talents, the unique perspectives, and the ideas that are found in our area and our people,” said Rob Penner, project lead and UCN Associate Vice-President of Community and Industry Solutions.

 

UCN, in partnership with the Future Skills Centre (FSC), seeks to improve the outcomes of northern communities and northern women by offering training in an industry that promises economic opportunities, advancement, and financial security.

 

UCN’s approach to IT training will be unique to the north and to the populations it serves. By braiding soft skills, digital skills, and using oral storytelling as a personal growth pedagogy, InTeRN aims to bridge the digital and real worlds, making those connections for our students easier. 

Industry partners like Computers for Schools are helping move the project forward.

 

“Partnering with UCN to develop the InTeRN Project will provide hands-on training for students at the University College of the North, helping the local community gain employment skills and strategy,” said Justin Minard, executive director, Computers for schools.

 

InTeRN students will not only receive hands-on training but will also be employed on day one working in the Computers for Schools depot.

“UCN recognized the lack of opportunities for local women to access IT training. The IT course will begin with a women-only pilot project with the intent of opening training to all students in the future,” said Tara Manych, Education Director at Kesley Adult Learning Centre.

 

The Information Technology Readiness North (InTeRN) program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre.

 

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

COVID-19 BULLETIN #454

Public health officials advise two new deaths in 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 female in her 60s 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 11.9 per cent provincially and 12.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 169 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 168 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 52,919.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• six cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
• 16 cases in the Northern health region. 
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 27 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 111 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  
The data also shows:  
• 3,962 active cases and 47,880 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 344 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including:
? - 223 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 85 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 308 hospitalizations; 
? - a total of 102 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
      o 47 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 19 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 66 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
     o 36 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 33 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta; 
• 17 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals including one who was repatriated yesterday; 
• 1,838 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 787,762; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,077.

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 is over at Emerson Health Centre in Emerson.

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.     

Amanda Lathlin MLA Report

Spring session ended on June 2 and all of the MLAs have now gone back to work in their constituencies until fall session begins on October 4th. This session was quite a memorable one as we worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and saw first-hand how the government mishandled its pandemic response.

 

They failed to fill vacancies in our healthcare system (especially in the north) and actually made them worse. They failed to prioritize teachers for vaccines and instead asked them to travel down to North Dakota for a vaccine. They sent Manitobans out of province for ICU care, in large part thanks to their healthcare cuts. They also cut the education budget, forcing school divisions to make impossible financial decisions.

 

Two weeks ago, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School. As an Indigenous woman, a mother and as an intergenerational residential school survivor, this generated a major trigger in me. As a child, I experienced racism in the school yard and in my community. I was called a “squaw”, “drunken Indian” and told to “go back to my reserve”.

 

I always wondered and worried about why was I not accepted as an Indigenous person and questioned why are we so hated? It was to the point that I was ashamed to be Indigenous. I still experience racism to this day, even as an MLA in my own community. The discovery of the children in unmarked graves in Kamloops further proved to me that the hatred I experienced truly exists. This is the traumatic legacy of residential schools. I come from three matriarch generations of residential school survivors. My late mother went to St. Michael’s Residential School near Duck Lake, SK and Guy Hill Residential School near The Pas. I did not learn about this traumatic legacy from my early years in school.

 

I learned about the residential schools when I attended the University of Manitoba. It was then when I finally asked my mother about her experience in the residential schools. My great grandmother told us one day at dinner that she ran away from the residential school and hid under a bush at night to sleep. She had no idea where to find her way home back to her parents. She was eventually found by the school staff and was forced back to the school. That is where my great grandmother went quiet and ended her story.

 

In 2010, I worked as Special Project Manager for the Swampy Cree Tribal Council. I was working with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF). I was mandated to provide a safe space for survivors to tell their stories and provide healing services for residential school survivors. Unfortunately, the federal government cut funding for this project in 2010. In response, Niki Ashton, our MP for Churchill—Keewatinook Aski, and I lobbied the federal government to extend the AHF funding. Our efforts soon received national attention when a petition was signed by many people across the country to drive the extension of the AHF funding. An emergency debate was conducted in the House of Commons chamber but the debate was defeated and the funding ended.

 

Why was there a deadline applied to residential school survivors’ grief and their healing journey? This did not make sense because survivors are still reeling with the impact of residential schools. The impacts of the residential schools are seen in our community, whether its depression or addictions, suicide, MMIWG and especially in the CFS system. We have survivors who are still hurting because their parents were unable to hug their children. Another impact of residential schools is that my generation cannot speak our language.

 

We must remember that a residential school once operated just 40 km from The Pas. Does our community know that? Is this terrible legacy being taught in the classrooms? I have hope that my children’s generation will be able to truly smile and NEVER be ashamed to be Indigenous like how I was when I was young. I truly believe that education about the legacy of the Residential School system will supress that stereotype, racism and discrimination against Indigenous people.

 

In response to this tragedy, the Manitoba NDP called on all levels of government to immediately implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 calls to action, including searching for all former residential school grounds to investigate whether similar mass graves exist.

 

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience. Please stay safe. If anyone wishes to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns, please send me an email at Amanda.lathlin@yourmanitoba.ca or call me at 1-204-623-2034. Kinanaskomitin.

The Pas MS Walk Results

The results of this year’s local virtual MS walk are in. Over 1,100 dollars was raised locally and the top fundraiser was Melanie Young.

 

Young says as a person living with MS she appreciates everyone that supported the MS walk and she hopes that more people will take part in next year’s walk.

 

The money raised will go towards important research that will one day find a cure for the illness.

First Nations Communities Demanding Action to Access Former Residential School Sights

Opaskwayak Cree Nation, The Cross Lake Band of Indians, and Norway House Cree Nation are demanding assistance from the federal government to help find children lost to the residential school system and to support first nation’s communities in mourning.

 

All three communities had residential schools and the recent news of 215 children buried at the Kamloops residential school has been difficult for members.

 

The communities are already showing their support for these children by placing shoes at residential school sites and having other ceremonies.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #451

Public health officials advise four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 40 from Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a female in her 80s 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 11.4 per cent provincially and 13 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 329 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 326 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 52,261.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 30 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 30 cases in the Northern health region.  
• 28 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 38 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 203 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  
The data also shows:  
• 4,191 active cases and 46,999 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; 
• 207 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 86 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 293 hospitalizations;  
• a total of 106 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
? 42 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 65 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
? 41 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 37 in Ontario, two in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta;  
• 11 patients who no longer need to be treated in an ICU have been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care including one who was repatriated yesterday;  
• 2,555 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 781,287; and 
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,071.

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 (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 Health Science Centre, WRS3 in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak has been declared over at The King’s 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.      

First Nations Need Help in a Search for Mass Graves

Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton has called on the Prime Minister to assist the community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation to fund a forensic search of the grounds of the former Cross Lake Residential School.

 

She explains the Pimicikamak Cree Nation has been leading the way in making the call as early as Monday of this week to the Prime Minister seeking support, funding, financial support to ensure that a proper extensive search of the residential school brutally imposed on them for decades happens and they have made clear that this must include identification and repatriation.

 

Chief David Monias says it’s important to their community stating we want the truth, you cannot keep it a secret any more, our communities want to bring our children home put them to rest, proper ceremonies must be done.


They both called in the federal government to bring in international experts in this work naming the International Commission of Missing Persons to work with First Nations to make sure the work that’s done is done at the highest level with all the respect and expertise it requires with the full recognition that we are talking about possible crime scenes.

University College of The North Fall Term Classes

The University College of The North is expected to have in person classes this fall.

 

There are some courses that cannot be done remotely due to their hands on nature and those that take part in such courses will practice physical distancing and other COVID 19 measures while other courses will be offered remotely.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #450

Public health officials advise five new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 40s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Northern health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the unspecified variant of concern; and
• a female in her 90s 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 11.5 per cent provincially and 13.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 360 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, five cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 355 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 51,935.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 19 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 23 cases in the Northern health region.  
• 42 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 56 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 220 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,179 active cases and 46,689 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 212 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 85 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 297 hospitalizations; 
• 45 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 68 ICU patients; 
• 2,933 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 778,451; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,067.

Public health officials advise all public and independent kindergarten to Grade 12 schools in Morden will move to remote learning effective Monday, June 7 until Monday, June 21. Public health will review the situation at that time. The change has been recommended as COVID-19 case counts are elevated in the 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 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. 

The outbreak has been declared over at École Marie-Anne-Gaboury 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.   

MANITOBA LAUNCHES COMMUNITY OUTREACH VACCINATION EFFORT TO PROTECT MANITOBANS FROM COVID-19

As Manitoba’s first-dose vaccination rate continues to grow, additional efforts are being taken to address vaccine hesitancy and access to ensure Manitoba is able to aim high and reach its provincial vaccination goals, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.

“I want to commend the hundreds of thousands of Manitobans who have participated in our vaccine efforts thus far. Thank you for your willingness and excitement to roll up your sleeve for the first available vaccine and for doing your part to protect Manitobans,” said Pallister.  “As a government we are we are doing everything we can to ensure Manitobans have the information and support they need to make the right decisions to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.”

This new phase of vaccination promotion and delivery will include four key initiatives:
• the ProtectMB Community Outreach and Incentive Grants, funding for local organizations, groups, businesses in the province that work with and in vaccine-hesitant communities to improve uptake;
• an expanded ProtectMB advertising campaign to encourage Manitobans to ‘take their seats’ by getting vaccinated so they can enjoy the activities and spaces that Manitobans have missed and that vaccination will allow everyone to enjoy once more;
• creating a ProtectMB Campaign Advisory Committee co-chaired by Cynthia Carr and Dayna Spiring that is providing advice to government on encouraging vaccination uptake and reopening safely;
• expanded vaccine access through clinics, pop-ups and pharmacies to make it easier than ever to choose vaccination.

“We know from research and clinical leadership that there are thousands of Manitobans who are open to vaccination, but they need support from people they know and trust to make that decision to roll up their sleeve and get the shot,” Pallister added. “Whether it is soccer leagues calling parents, neighbourhood organizations knocking on doors or ethno-cultural groups holding a vaccine clinic with food and music, we are ready to support and encourage community-based efforts to protect Manitoba through vaccination.”

The ProtectMB Campaign Advisory Committee will guide these initiatives, help shape Manitoba’s reopening plan, and promote vaccination within their networks and communities. The committee includes leaders and influencers from business, community and the non-profit sector.

“I'm excited to work with leaders from across the province to guide this last phase of our vaccination effort,” said Spiring, co-chair of the ProtectMB Campaign Advisory Committee, and president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg. “If we want to get back to business, get back to the things we love, we need to work hard to get every Manitoban vaccinated. I know with creativity and partnership, we will reach the record levels of vaccine uptake we need to reopen Manitoba.”

“We are in a race between the virus and vaccination,” said Carr, co-chair of the ProtectMB Campaign Advisory Committee and epidemiologist. “The faster Manitobans are vaccinated, the lower the risk of high case numbers and variant spread. This phase is critical. If you have not gotten vaccinated, you matter and speed matters. We are committed to working with all Manitobans to get vaccinated, so we can reopen our province and thrive.”

The ProtectMB Community Outreach and Incentive Grants will offer funding of up to $20,000 to Manitoba organizations, businesses, churches and others who work in and with low-uptake communities. Applicants will be required to attend an information session on vaccine uptake and hesitancy, and submit a simple proposal on their approach to addressing low uptake in their community. Staffing, outreach, food and other activities will be eligible for funding. Interested organizations can register for an information session at www.ProtectMB.ca.

Sample ads from the new ProtectMB advertising campaign are also available on www.ProtectMB.ca, and details on upcoming pop-ups and localized vaccine delivery strategies will be shared at future vaccine briefings.

“Manitobans have told us that getting back to the things they love is one of the biggest incentives to getting vaccinated and we’re going to reinforce that through this public awareness campaign,” Pallister added.

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

Kelsey School Division Wants Parents to Research Bill 64 the Education Modernization Act

The Kelsey School Division wants parents and guardians to familiarize themselves with Bill 64 the Education Modernization Act that could have a negative effect on communities and local education systems.

 

The bill if passed would move 37 local school divisions into one central decision making authority.

 

This could eliminate locally based programs at schools, lost jobs, and have an effect on special needs, cultural and religious based programming.

 

KSD Chair Vaughn Wadelius says none of the school board trustees support these changes because schools are already struggling.

 

More information about the bill can be found at mbschoolboards.ca

Niki Ashton is Calling For More Support for First Nations Communities.

During Question Period last week, Northern Manitoba Member of Parliament Niki Ashton called out the Liberal Government for rejecting half of the nursing requests from First Nations communities. She noted this week the Auditor General made clear what’s obvious to First Nations in our region and the country, the government consistently fails them. She explained First Nations began the pandemic with nowhere near enough personal protective equipment and struggled to catch up.  When communities cried out repeatedly for more nurses more than half of their requests were rejected.  Whether it's water, housing, or this pandemic we’re getting monthly condemnations from the Auditor General and monthly commitments from the government to do better.  She asked where’s the political will from the Liberals to act on the repeated neglect and deliver for First Nations.

 

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Indigenous Services Department Pam Damoff responded the ministry is continuing to review its practices to improve the delivery of its supports during the pandemic.

 

She goes on to say Indigenous Services Canada is working with communities and organizations across the country to receive real-time feedback and look to better their processes even beyond COVID-19.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #449

Public health officials advise six new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the unspecified variant of concern;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a female in her 90s 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 11.5 per cent provincially and 12.9 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 267 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 264 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 51,580.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 14 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 21 cases in the Northern health region.  
• six cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 28 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 198 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,267 active cases and 46,251 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 217 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 77 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 294 hospitalizations; 
• 48 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 69 ICU patients;
• 2,646 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 775,237; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,062.

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 (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. 

Outbreaks have been declared at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 3U7 and the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre in Winnipeg. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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

With variant of concern (VOC) cases accounting for more than 50 per cent of all new COVID-19 cases, public health will no longer specifically notify people if their test screened or sequenced positive for any VOC. This will allow for the continuation of aggressive case and contact management overall as public health officials are treating every positive case as if they have a VOC. VOC data will continue to be reported on the dashboard and broken down by regional health authorities.
 
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.     

Foods That Can Boost the Immune System

Community Dietitian Louise Spence from The Pas Primary Health Care Centre spoke to Arctic Radio about what foods people should eat to stay healthy during the pandemic and how a healthy diet can help with the immune system.

 

She says there are no known foods or nutrients that can boost the effectiveness of COVID 19 vaccines, but choosing less processed foods may help to build an immune response with a vaccine.

 

Protein rich foods including plant based proteins help to make antibodies that will fight off viruses.

Kelsey School Division Superintendent Report

The Kelsey School Divisions superintendent report said the COVID 19 situation in KSD schools is looking better but staff and students are continuing to practice preventative measures and are remaining vigilant.

 

The report also said that parents will continue to be notified of any COVID 19 related changes made at the school.

 

The report was brought up at Monday night’s school board meeting.

COVID-19 BULLETIN #448

Public health officials advise three new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:


• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• 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 80s 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 12 per cent provincially and 13.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 232 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 226 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 51,316.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;  
• 13 cases in the Northern health region;  
• five cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;   
• 36 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and   
• 168 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows: 
• 4,333 active cases and 45,927 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 229 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 305 hospitalizations; 
• 51 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 72 ICU patients; 
• 2,396 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 772,477; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,056.

 

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 (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. 

Outbreaks have been declared at Health Sciences Centre, GD4; Grace Hospital, 3 South; and Beacon Hill Lodge Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, and the Surgery Unit at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

 

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

 

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.   

 

Town of The Pas Increase in COVID 19 Cases

The Pas and area has seen a large increase in COVID 19 cases with a total of 50 active cases as of Yesterday.

 

The Pas mayor Herb Jaques spoke to Arctic Radio and said these results are disappointing and getting vaccinated and following public health orders is the only way to get past this pandemic.

 

He wants to encourage people to get vaccinated, to respect what the COVID experts are saying, and to report violations of COVID measures to public health authorities.

Opaskwayak Cree Nation Showing Solidarity for Kamloops Residential School Students

Opaskwayak Cree Nation will be flying their flag at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre at half mast in solidarity of the 215 children whose remains were found at a former residential school site in Kamloops.

 

It is expected to fly at half mast until June 8th and the community also has a shoe placing ceremony planned at the flag site.

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