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The Test Positivity Rate is Down in Manitoba While Intensive Care Numbers Drop In Saskatchewan.

Manitoba public health reported 176 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 8.8 percent.  They also reported one additional death in the Winnipeg health region.  Of the new cases 90 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 34 in Northern health.  Of the total 54,915 reported cases 2532 are active, 52,271 individuals have recovered and 246 are in hospital with 60 in intensive care as well as 20 in care outside the province.  There are 18 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district compared to 111 reported in The Pas, OCN, Kelsey district and 13 in Thompson, Mystery Lake district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 94 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 75.  They reported no new deaths. Of the new cases 25 were in Saskatoon and 11 in Central West with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East. Of the total 48,220 reported cases 752 are considered active, 46,907 people have recovered and 87 are in hospital with nine in intensive care.  There are 19 active cases reported in the Far North East zone.

The Flin Flon Fire Department Has Had a Positive Impact on Northern Communities.

At their meeting Tuesday night Flin Flon City Council received a letter from Indigenous and Northern Relations regarding the Northern Lights Fire Training which just completed its second year in Flin Flon.  The letter notes INS has received wonderful feedback from their attendees and they want to recognize the knowledge and professionalism of all those from the local fire department involved in this training in particular Fire Chief Jason Kuras for all the time and effort he has contributed to this project.  They note the firefighting skills their fire fighters have been taught by Jason and other members of the fire department is deeply appreciated and will have a significant impact on northern and remote communities.

             

As well the Fire Chiefs report for May indicated three alarms including a brush fire behind Aspen Grove apartments, a grass fire on Roche Boulevard and a grass and tree fire caused by a downed power line on the Cliff Lake road which were all quickly contained.  There was also a false alarm at the General Hospital, a kitchen fire on Hemlock Drive caused by an unattended stove and assistance to EMS.

Vaccines and Following Public Health Orders are Still Important in the North.

Doctor Michael Isaac with the Northern Health Region spoke to Arctic Radio to give an update on the current COVID-19 situation in the north. He explains we continue to see cases across northern Manitoba and like the province we see our test positivity rate come down overall but community to community that hasn’t necessarily been the case so we continue to see cases right across the Region and the messaging really is staying consistent. They really need people to follow the public health orders, follow the fundamentals, the social distancing, the mask wearing because we’re not quite out of the woods yet and the biggest thing will be getting two doses of vaccine, that’s what’s going to get us back to normal life when we can lift some of these restrictions.

 

Isaac says the COVID-19 vaccination campaign has been going well in the region as vaccine uptake is a bit higher when compared to the rest of the province.

 

He states having both doses of the vaccine is imperative considering the prevalence of Delta variant cases which has appeared in all Manitoba health regions.

               

Vaccine Eligibility Continues to Expand in Saskatchewan.

As of 8 tomorrow morning second dose vaccinations in Saskatchewan will open to residents 45 and over or anyone who received their first dose on or before May 1st.

             

Saskatchewan health reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 72.  They also reported two deaths with one each in the North West and Central East zones.  Of the new cases 29 were in Regina and 16 in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones including two in Far North East.  Of the total 48,125 reported cases 726 are considered active, 46,837 people have recovered and 92 are in hospital with 12 in intensive care.  There are 21 active cases reported in the Far North East zone.

More Vaccines will Be Available Starting Next Week.

Manitoba public health reported 143 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.7 percent.  They also reported seven new deaths with four in Winnipeg and three in Southern health region.  Of the new cases 80 are in the Winnipeg region and 29 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 18 in Northern health.  Of the total 54,739 reported cases 2799 are considered active, 50,829 individuals have recovered and 251 are in hospital with 61 in intensive care along with 22 in care outside the province. There are 20 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Public health also announced people who received their first dose of vaccine on or before May 14th can book a second dose appointment and as of 11:45 tomorrow morning that will expand to May 18th.  They expect two large shipments of Moderna vaccine next week which will allow them to administer more than 20 thousand doses per day.

 

A Long Time City Councillor Will Be Honored With a Special Day.

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley officially established Colleen McKee Day.  He stated whereas Colleen McKee served her community as Councillor for the years 2006 to 2020 and whereas she loved her community and was a key figure in organizing and volunteering in various events in the Flin Flon region and whereas after a short battle with cancer she died on November 11,2020 as Deputy Mayor and whereas Colleen will always be remembered for her love and dedication to her community now in honor of Colleen’s birthday and her love of Canada Day, I Cal Huntley Mayor of the City of Flin Flon by virtue of the powers conferred in my office do hereby proclaim July 1,2021 Colleen McKee Day in Flin Flon.

             

Huntley added if the Canada Day parade goes ahead as planned the City float will acknowledge Colleen McKee Day.

The Animals are Waiting For Your Visit.

The Joe Brain Petting Zoo has opened for their 24th season.  Recreation Programmer Kelcey Andersen says they have a great variety of animals again this year.  She says they have four baby sheep, a mama sheep, two cows again this year along with quite a bit of chickens and a rooster, they’re going to be doing their egg wars again this year and they’re super excited about that and as well they have some bunnies, they’re happy to get a turtle soon and pigs.

             

Andersen adds the Zoo located on Green Street is open daily from 11 to 7.  To allow physical distancing only one group of five will be allowed in the yard at one time for a 15 minute time period.

 

Saskatchewan is Moving Forward With Their Reopening Plan.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has announced this Sunday they will move to Step Two of the province’s Reopening Plan.  He says capacity limits on retail and personal services, table capacity limits in restaurants will be removed, event facilities such as theatres, casinos, museums and recreational facilities will be able to increase their capacity to 150 people and private indoor gatherings included in that are household gatherings which can now increase to 15 people while public indoor gatherings and private outdoor gatherings will be able to increase to 150 people which is a significant increase from where they have been.

             

Moe says they are very close to reaching the threshold for moving into Step Three to start on July 1st as they only need one percent of Saskatchewan people to get their first shot for that to happen so now is the time to get that done.

New Cases Reported Have Dropped in the Winnipeg Region While Saskatchewans Average Remains Low.

Manitoba public health reported 115 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.6 percent. They also reported two new deaths with one each in the Winnipeg and Southern health regions.  Of the new cases 55 are in Winnipeg and 28 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 23 in Northern health. There are 18 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.  Of the total 54,596 reported cases 2972 are active, 50,520 individuals have recovered and 266 are in hospital with 63 in intensive care along with 24 in care outside the province.

 

Saskatchewan health reported 47 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 70 which is the lowest average since November 1st.  They also reported four new deaths with one each in the North Central, North East, Saskatoon and South East zones.  Of the new cases 14 were in Regina and 12 in Saskatoon with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the total 48,042 reported cases 722 are considered active, 46,761 people have recovered and 97 are in hospital with 15 in intensive care.  There are 21 active cases reported in Far North East.

Diplomas Will Be Presented to Creighton School Grads.

Creighton Community School will be recognizing the Graduation Class of 2021 Friday.  Principal Patty Korchinski explains the grad this year will be a virtual grad so it will only be the graduates in the gym and they will be receiving their scholarships, diplomas and any other presentations that they have earned.  Afterwards they will give some time for parents to come in as it will be live streamed and roughly about six o’clock they will have the grand march down Main Street and then towards the park heading out towards Denare Beach.  She adds there’ll be a grad car parade on the 17th and that will go through Flin Flon and Creighton as well.

             

Creighton Community School has 26 grads this year.

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.

 

The Manitoba Government Wants You to Better Understand Their Education Strategy.

Education Minister Cliff Cullen has released a Fact versus Fiction web page to clarify a number of misconceptions regarding the Better Education Starts Today strategy and Bill 64 the education modernization act. He stated among other items there will be no major disruptions for teachers, students and everyday life in the classroom, the new Provincial Education Authority cannot close rural or northern schools without community consultation, parent advisory councils will include school community members as formal partners in education including a paid parent engagement officer position at the school level and principals will continue to be hired through a competitive process and will be required to be certified teachers.

             

The Fact versus Fiction web page can be found at bettereductionmb.ca/factvsfiction.

Saskatchewan New Case Numbers Continue to be Low.

Saskatchewan health reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 76 the lowest average since November 4th.  They reported one new death in the Saskatoon zone. Of the new cases Saskatoon had 30, Regina 21and North West 10 with single digits in other zones with one in Far North East.  Of the total 47,996 reported cases 774 are considered active, 46,666 people have recovered and 95 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care. There are 21 active cases in Far North East. As of Sunday 11,726 variants of concern cases have been identified with 79 found in Far North East.  They also note more than 903 thousand doses of vaccine have been administered in the province.

 

More Manitoban Can Get their Second Shot.

Manitoba has expanded eligibility for people wanting their second shot of COVID-19 vaccine to include anyone who received a first dose on or before May 10th.

             

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 124 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.7 percent.  He also announced two additional deaths with one each in the Winnipeg and Southern health regions. Of the new cases 80 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 14 in Northern health.  Roussin noted case numbers are headed in the right direction and vaccine numbers are increasing but hospital and ICU numbers remain high. He says we’re not seeing really any Manitobans that are vaccinated and protected being admitted to ICU so that’s that benefit of the vaccine and that’s why we want to continue increasing those first and second doses, that’s what’s going to lead up to that Manitoba summer we’re all expecting.

             

Of the total 54,481reported cases 3111 are active, 50,268 individuals have recovered and 271are in hospital with 60 in intensive care with 26 in care in other provinces.

Our Communities are Interested in Your Retirement Plans.

Regional Economic Development Officer Brian Lin is asking residents of the Flin Flon region to share your views on retirement living and housing needs.  He says it follows up on an earlier survey by the City of Flin Flon on the interest in housing particularly for retirement needs.  He explains from the kind of conversations he has had over the past few weeks with different stakeholders he understands there is a need for housing so this survey is trying to be able to engage and quantify so that we can build an investment profile to be able to pitch to potential development interests.

             

You can fill out the survey online at www.tinyurl.com/ffregion or find a printed form at the municipal offices in Flin Flon, Creighton and Denare Beach. The submission is due by Friday, June 25th and if you need more information you can contact Brian Lin the Creighton Town Office at 306-688-8253.

You Can Sign Up Now to Celebrate Canada Day as Part of a Parade.

Preparations are underway for the Northland Ford Canada Day Parade being held on Thursday, July 1st.  General Manager Allison Cooper says it will give people a chance to kick off summer with floats and vehicles under the theme Fun in the Sun what summer means to you.  She explains it could be camping, it could be boating, it could be beach fun.  She noted there will be prizes for first, second and third, most creative, most unique but the biggest thing is they just want you to come in the parade.  She adds they want a presence so you don’t have to over think it, it can be just a truck with stuff in the back but just your presence in the community is all they’re looking for.

             

Letters are going out to local businesses but if you don’t receive one you can pick up a form at Northland Ford, call 204-687-3940, email allison@northlandford.mb.ca or find a form on their website or Facebook page.  Classic cars will line up to lead the parade and there will be a Show and Shine at Northland Ford following the parade.

Recoveries in Manitoba are Approaching 50 Thousand While Saskatchewan is Approaching a Vaccine Target.

Manitoba public health reported 485 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.8 percent. They also reported 12 new deaths with seven in Winnipeg region, four in Southern and one in Northern region. Of the new cases 265 are in Winnipeg region and 95 in Southern health with lower numbers in other regions including 47 in Northern health.  Of the total 54,357 reported cases 3305 are active, 49,952 individuals have recovered and 271 are in hospital with 58 in intensive care along with 26 in care in other provinces.  16 active cases are reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

             

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 171 new cases over the weekend bringing the seven day average of new cases to 78.  They reported one death in the North West zone. Of the new cases there were 14 each in Saskatoon and South Central zones and 11 in Regina with lower numbers in other zones including zero in Far North East. Of the total 47,941 reported cases 809 are considered active, 46,577 people have recovered and 95 are in hospital with 20 in intensive care.  There are 33 active cases in Far North East.

              Just one percent more of Saskatchewan residents need to get their first COVID-19 vaccine shot in the coming weeks for the province to begin Step Three in the final phase of its Reopeing Roadmap on July 11th.

Saskatchewan has Set a Goal for the Second Dose of the COVID Vaccine.

Saskatchewan health has announced by June 24th every eligible resident age 12 and older will be able to receive their second vaccine shot depending on the length of time that has passed since their first shot.

             

They reported 81 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the seven day average of new cases to 78.  They also announced one new death in the Saskatoon zone.  Of the new cases 17 were in Saskatoon, 14 in Regina and 13 in North West with single digits in other zones including four in Far North East.  Of the total 47,764 reported cases 899 are considered active, 46,311 people have recovered and 104 are in hospital with 17 in intensive care.

             

There are 42 active cases in Far North East.  Variants of concern identified in the province total 11,504 with 74 in Far North East.

 

Vaccine Numbers in Manitoba Have Topped One Million.

 Manitoba Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal reported 222 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 10.6 percent.  He also reported two additional deaths in the Winnipeg region. Of the new cases 126 were in the Winnipeg region with lower numbers in other regions including 27 in Northern health. Of the total 53,872 reported cases 3490 are considered active, 49,293people have recovered and 276 are in hospital with 63 intensive care and 30 in care outside the province.  Atwal says statistics show things are gradually improving so it’s going to take some time as cases are one thing to drop down but hospital ICU numbers will take some time to drop down as well.  He adds for the next couple weeks we still need to be cautious about having too many interactions.  He notes we have a reopening strategy but that’s based on limited interactions between individuals.

             

A total of 1,003,678 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba and eligibility for second doses has been expanded to include individuals who have received their first dose on or before May 6th.

 

You Can Fish in Manitoba Without a License This Weekend.

Summer Family Fishing Weekend takes place in Manitoba Saturday and Sunday.  On these days anglers may fish without a license throughout the province and keep to a conservation license limit of fish.

             

You are reminded all other angling regulations still apply over the weekend including regulations for individual waters.  A federal angling license is still required to fish in national parks. For more information on all provincial fishing regulations refer to the 2021 Manitoba Anglers Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com.

            

 Families are also encouraged to explore one of the provinces provincial parks this weekend.  From today through Sunday provincial park permits are not required for visitors unless they plan to stay the night.

             

You are also reminded to continue to follow the latest public health guidlines while enjoying the outdoors.

Threats to the Local High School Resulted in Charges.

At approximately 5:20 Wednesday afternoon Flin Flon RCMP were notified of a threat to shoot up Hapnot Collegiate.  The school is in remote learning with minimal staff and students attending.  Three teenage boys were arrested and charged with uttering threats with all released from custody. The RCMP report one of them had access to firearms at home and those were voluntarily turned over to police until the conclusion of the investigation.

             

Flin Flon RCMP Sergeant Mark Svaren noted the RCMP take all threats of this nature seriously and officers will make arrests and lay charges adding threatening to shoot up a school is not a joke.

 

This is National Water Safety Week.

It’s time to enjoy all that summer has to offer so the Canadian Red Cross is reminding you about water safety this week.  Their Swimming and Water Safety Representative Lynn Kolba explains how to choose the right flotation device.  She says you have to be really careful about whether or not its Transport Canada approved so a life jacket that is Transport Canada approved will have that stamp in the inside flap or on the back of the PFD or life jacket so you really have to take time to read through that verbage to be sure you’re wearing the correct size and the correct weight so it’s going to support you in the water.

             

Kolba also says you should have a plan to keep an eye on children around water.  Many water related fatalities occur with young children and the drownings are preventable if the dangers are understood. Visit www.redcross.ca to learn more about water safety.

New COVID Case Numbers are Up in the Northern Region of Manitoba While the Saskatchewan Average Continues to Drop.

Manitoba public health reported 247 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.1 percent.  They also reported six new deaths with three in the Winnipeg region, two in Southern health and one in Interlake Eastern health region.  Of the new cases 142 were in Winnipeg and 41 in Northern health with lower numbers in other regions. Of the total 53,650 reported cases36 hundred are considered active, 48,963 people have recovered and 286 are in hospital with 64 in intensive care along with 30 in care in other provinces. There are 21 active cases reported in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district.

            

Meanwhile Saskatchewan health reported 77 new cases bringing the seven day average of new cases to 79. They also reported one death in the Central East zone. Of the new cases 18 were in Saskatoon, 12 in South Central and 10 in North Central with single digits in other zones including one in Far North East.  Of the total 47,668 reported cases 902 are considered active, 46,213 people have recovered and 101 are in hospital with 19 in intensive care.  There are 38 active cases reported in Far North East.

 

Manitoba Has a Reopening Plan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Doctor Brent Roussin has announced what is called a Great Summer Reopening Path. He says the plan is centered on holiday milestones based on first and second doses of the COVID vaccine targets.  Over 70 percent of all Manitobans aged 12 and over have received their first dose and over 25 percent have received their second dose by Canada Day, 75 percent or greater have received their first dose and over 50 percent have received their second dose by August long weekend and 80 percent or greater have received their first dose and over 75 percent have received their second dose by Labor Day.

Meeting vaccine targets by Canada Day means businesses, services and facilities can open at 25 percent capacity or greater levels, by the August long weekend means businesses, services and facilities can open at 50 percent capacity or greater levels and by Labor Day means businesses, services and facilities can open with limited restrictions. Roussin notes the key reopening safely is getting vaccinated and reducing COVID-19 spread in communities and hospitals.

 

Remember Your Consent Form When Going for Your Second Shot.

The Medical Lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force Dr. Joss Reimer says updated information is needed when you go for your second vaccine dose.  She explains they know that you filled it out the first time around but your health or medical condition may have changed since then and they want to know how you responded if you had any side effects for example from your first dose.  She adds for some of you the type of vaccine that you’re getting for your second dose may be different from your first so for all these reasons plan to have your consent form ready.   

             

Eligibility for the second dose has been expanded to include individuals who received their first dose on or before May 4th. The form can be found on their website www.manitoba.ca/covid19.  She also reported the vaccine super site in The Pas opened yesterday.

 

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