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There is a Second Death Related to COVID-19 in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has released the latest COVID-19 numbers.  He reports 15 new cases bringing the total to 182 adding they’re also announcing the second death related to COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to two.  He notes as of this morning 9 individuals are hospitalized, of that 6 are in intensive care and their reports indicate 11 individuals listed as recovered.  As well yesterday 634 tests were preformed at Cadham Provincial Lab bringing the total number of completed test to 11,952.


There are still two confirmed cases in the north.


With cases being found in Manitoba communities Roussin again asks all Manitobans to continue to take precautions in all their activities most importantly stay home.


Saskatachewan reports 206 confirmed cases including 3 deaths and 36 resolved.  3 confirmed cases are in this area the far north.

The Government is Providing Financial Relief for Manitobans.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced this morning their plans to support those who need economic relief.  He says they are providing a four month deferral period for individuals and businesses to pay their provincial income taxes, that period will extend to August 31st of this year with no interest or penalties.  He reports they are providing a six month deferral period for any interest or penalties for Manitoba Hydro or Centra Gas bills, for MPI premiums, for Workers Compensation Board Premiums and also for education property tax.


Pallister adds for those who can pay their taxes and bills do so as that is the money the government depends on for their income.

Kids Have Concerns About COVID-19.

Kids have a lot of questions about COVID-19 and Shared Health is providing information.  Pediatrician Dr. William Li explains in kids it mostly is mild so that’s a little bit of temperature, a little bit of runny nose and coughing however there are certain kids who can be a bit more severe and sicker and those are with poorly controlled asthma and problems with their immune systems and of course there’s other people in Manitoba that are at risk and those are some of the elderly like grandma and grandpa so our job is to try to protect us and everyone else and prevent and stop the spread of the germs.


Dr.Li adds more information for kids is available from the Canadian Pediatric Society and other organizations and will be shared on the Shared Health website.


More Information is Needed on COVID-19 Cases.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says there has to be a change in listing COVID-19 case locations only by health region.  He notes people are concerned about their communities as it’s in other communities and that’s one of the things they’ve been trying to get the government to do, to release better information as to which community it’s in because when you say there’s been a case in northern Manitoba that’s a pretty big swath of territory so is it in Tadoule Lake, is it in Flin Flon, those are the things that really more information would prevent a lot of angst, heartache and stuff that the government could be putting that information out.


Lindsey adds more information sometimes is better without violating anyone’s privacy.

COVID-19 Numbers are Again Up in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reports 40 new cases of COVID-19 bringing their total to 167, the total number of deaths remains at one, five individuals are currently hospitalized, four of those are in intensive care and they are reporting 11 individuals that are listed as recovered. There are now two confirmed cases in the north.


Roussin also reports three additional staff at two Manitoba health care facilities, Health Science Centre Winnipeg and Betel Home Gimli have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being provided direction and as a result of a respiratory illness outbreak among residents at Betel nine residents are being tested for the cause of their illness.  Public Health is also advising people to limit travel even within Manitoba to essential trips only.

Computers are Available to Those in Need.

Tech Manitoba is offering free refurbished computers with digital training to families in need in our area.  They state during this COVID-19 outbreak many families and individuals are disconnected from society entirely and we rely on the internet to access timely information, work from home and connect with family and friends but those without a computer or who lack digital skills are further isolated.


This is a pilot project with a limited supply of computers and they have heard from many parents and students in need so they are trying to source more computers by partnering with others in the community to build their supply.


If you would like to nominate a deserving person, family or organization in need of a computer or is lacking basic computer skills fill out the form at https://techmanitoba.ca/digitall or call and leave a message at 431-478-0165. You can also call to donate a computer at 431-557-6644.

Nurses Are Needed to Return to Work to Deal With COVID-19.



Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen has announced steps to reduce the strain on our health care system including the current workforce. He reports he is issuing a directive under the regulated health professions act.  This order he says enables the registrar of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba to wave or modify registration requirements for former nurses to essentially fast track their return to practice during this pandemic.


Friesen notes the nurse returning to practice must have been a member of the College in good standing with the authority to practice within the past five years and must be able to safely provide care.  Registration fees for nurses will be waived during this process. 




Link:  www.crnm.mb.ca/about/covid19.


There are Indications of Covid-19 Community Transmission in Winnipeg.

Manitoba Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has released the latest COVID-19 numbers. He announced 24 new cases taking their total to 127, the total number of deaths related to COVID -19 remains at one, four individuals are hospitalized, three of those are in intensive care and their data indicates four individuals are listed as recovered.


Roussin reports public health officials are seeing signs of community transmission in Winnipeg and they have not been able to confirm if there’s any connection to travel or confirmed cases.  He notes they knew to expect this as more cases are introduced to the jurisdiction so now is the time to stay home and if you must go out for essentials practice social distancing at all times.


The number of deaths in Saskatchewan from COVID-19 has risen to three. The Ministry of Health says a patient in their 80s died from complications related to the virus. The province reported nine new cases of the virus yesterday bringing the total to 193.  The Justice Minister says that includes five staff at a Saskatoon jail but no inmates have tested positive.

You Can Still Sign Up for a Summer Camp.

Simon House Bible Camp is still accepting registrations for their summer program online at www.simonhouse.ca.  Camp Director Darrell Janzen states while they wait and see what the summer will hold they have created a pre-registration option where parents can register their children without putting any money down for a deposit now.  He adds should they be able to proceed with the summer program people will have their spots and they will collect the registration fee later.


Their website again for registration and information is www.simonhouse.ca.

Exploration has Paid Off for Hudbay in The Snow Lake Region.

Hudbay Minerals has released an update on its annual mineral reserve and resource estimates and its exploration activities.  Their President and CEO Peter Kukielski says they are extremely pleased with their exploration success over the past 12 months in Manitoba where they’ve doubled the mine life in Snow Lake and more than doubled Lalor’s annual gold production from current levels.  He notes in addition to replacing the ore that was mined at Constancia in Peru last year they are also encouraged by recent drilling results north of the Constancia pit where high grade skarn mineralization has been intersected.


Successes listed include based on the most recent estimate of mineral reserves the Triple Seven mine life in Flin Flon has been extended to the end of the second quarter of 2022 and a 35 percent increase in total Snow Lake gold reserves to 2.2 million ounces supporting an 18 year mine life for the Snow Lake operations.


COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Climb in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has released the latest COVID-19 numbers.  He reported seven new cases bringing their total to 103, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at one, three individuals are hospitalized, of that two are currently in intensive care.  He says their numbers indicate that four individuals are listed as recovered.  Public health investigations are ongoing and as details are confirmed their website will be updated.                     


Their website is www.manitoba.ca/covid19.


Roussin again noted they do not release cases by community but by health region so he emphasizes continuing to practice safe distancing.


Meanwhile Saskatchewan has eight new cases bringing the province's total to 184.  Health officials say one person is in intensive care while 21 other people have now recovered from the virus.  On Monday the province announced its first two deaths related to COVID-19. Both people were in their 70s. Updates can be found online at www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

School Closings Have Been Extended in Manitoba.

Manitoba Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen has announced K to 12 in school classes have been suspended indefinitely for the school year unless the Public Health Officer says it is safe to go back.  He reports marks for all students will be base lined, they essentially hold at where they were at the last day of regular classes or exams but students will be expected to continue learning during this in school suspension.  He says they will have the opportunity to increase their marks during additional learning.  He notes grade 12 provincial exams are cancelled because they would not be a meaningful measure of a student’s effort for this year.  Students will be given assignments, final mark and assessment and teachers will be remotely teaching and assessing students who will receive a report card.


Goertzen adds for K to 8 students teachers will continue to engage with parents and students using existing communication tools and provide resources to parents and 9 to 12 will continue to learn using online and distance resources.

The Manitoba Government has Issued New COVID-19 Orders Affecting Business.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has advised all Manitoba non-essential businesses will close effective tomorrow.  He says restaurants and other commercial facilities can prepare and serve food for delivery and take out only.  The operator of that restaurant must ensure that all persons maintain appropriate social distancing from one another when picking up.  He notes grocery stores will remain open but they must also maintain appropriate social distancing between their customers.  Bars will be closed as will personal service businesses such as hair salons and massage therapy services.


Roussin adds this does not prevent businesses from operating on a remote basis.  The closures do not affect health care facilities, government services and other institutions.


More information on affected businesses can be found online at www.engagemanitoba.ca.


Denare Beach Residents are Urged to Follows the Rules Under the State of Emergency in Saskatchewan.

Denare Beach Mayor Carl Lentowicz reminds residents to follow rules regarding hand washing, six foot distancing as well as self isolation after international travel.  He notes Denare Beach employees are considered essential to the operation of the community needs stating their health is paramount to consideration to ensure delivery of municipal services that are essential to the community including sewer, water, fires, solid waste, roads and administration so to meet this requirement they have met provincial requirements by shutting down their recreation which includes the Denareplex, weight room, playgrounds, hockey bunk and beaches.  He notes the administration building is closed to the public to reduce contact and prevent illness.


Lentowicz adds a lock box is available for payments at the Village Office so you can contact them at 306-362-2054, fax 306-362-2257 or email denarebeach@sasktel.net.  Information updates are available on their Facebook page or on their website.

Saskatchewan is reporting its first two deaths from COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health says two people in their 70s died from complications related to the virus on Sunday.

It says they died in hospital in different parts of the province and one of the cases was travel-related.

The province has also reported 20 new cases of COVID-19, which bring the total to 176.

It says five people are in hospital and one patient is in intensive care.

The province says most of the cases are related to travel or large gatherings, but eight are the result of community transmission.

COVID-19 Numbers Continue to go up in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has released the latest numbers.  He announced 24 new cases bringing the total to 96.  He noted the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at one and at this time there are four individuals receiving care in hospital one of which is in intensive care, all others are recovering at home while they have two individuals listed as recovered.


Roussin confirmed there is one presumptive case in the north but they do not share personal public health information or specific communities where a case is reported just the health region.  He adds if you are aware of a case in your community practice safe public distancing which you should be doing anyway.

COVOD-19 Numbers Continue to Climb in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported yesterday there have been new cases of COVID-19 in the province.  He reported 8 new cases bringing their total cases to 72 and the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at one and at this time there is one individual receiving care in ICU with another admitted to hospital, all other cases are recovering at home.  He adds they have reports that two individuals are listed as recovered.


The majority of cases continue to be reported in the Winnipeg Health Region with none reported as of yesterday in the Northern Health Region. At last report Saskatchewan had 134 confirmed cases with 26 in the north. 18 of Saskatchewan new cases reported over the weekend were linked to a Christopher Lake snowmobile rally held on Saturday March 14th.


Access to Some Northern Saskatchewan Communities is Limited.

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Chief Peter Beatty says they are taking action to protect their communities in Northern Saskatchewan from the spread of COVID-19.  He explains in their communities they’ve been instituting road closures or the monitoring of people coming in to the community in hopes of slowing the spread.  He says in Pelican Narrows, Deschambault they’re instituting that as well as in Southend their community north of Lac La Ronge and also in Denare Beach they are going to be restricting access the community there.


Beatty adds this is an effort the protect people in their communities which are overcrowded as well as the neighboring communities of Flin Flon, Creighton, Denare Beach and The Pas.  He adds they are also following recommendations from the public health officer and delivering groceries to families staying at home who are not able to access groceries on their own.


Complete information on COVID-19 is available on the government website www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

The Government will Support Manitobans Coping with Anxiety.

The Manitoba government is investing 4.5 million dollars in the mental health of Manitobans by introducing a program to help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Health minister Cameron Friesen says they will be providing online counseling serving people in their homes.  He explains they are partnering with a company that is one of Canada’s leading providers of technology based human resources and mental health program delivery.  He notes they are creating therapy programs to help people who are feeling mild to moderate anxiety because of this pandemic and they’re making it easier than ever for them to get connected to professionals who can help.  Friesen adds Manitobans who are 16 and over are eligible to access the program and you can access it through your smart phone or you iPad right from your home.


The program will soon be available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 with details to be finalized over the next two weeks.


Manitoba Has Reported the First Death related to COVID-19.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the death related to COVID-19 this morning pointing out it is his understanding this was the client previously noted to be in intensive care.  He also announced three new cases as of 9:30 this morning bringing the total to 39 with public health investigation continuing to confirm the details on those new incidents.  He reported effective at 12:01 AM Monday they’ll be limiting public gatherings to no more than ten people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises including places of worship, gatherings or family events such as weddings and funerals adding this does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child care centres and homeless shelters.


Roussin strongly emphasizes the importance of maintaining separation of 2 meters between people at all times.  Complete information on behavior can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/covid19  or www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.

A Weekly Training Program is Available on Your Computer.

Workplace Education Manitoba is offering an Essential Skills Webinar series called Training Tidbits.  Northern West Centre Training Coordinator Colleen McKee explains these are live training seminars offered from the comfort of your computer every Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 AM from March 31st to the end of April.  The sessions will cover Handling Difficult Situations, Building Trust, Leading Through Change, Emotional Intelligence and Building Stronger Teams. 


You can join by registering online at weminterlake.ca and there’s no cost to register.

Transportation is an Essential Service.

NDP Transport Critic Niki Ashton has called on the federal government to implement measures to support workers in the transportation industry deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.  She says workers including taxi drivers and truckers need government support and equipment to cope with the economic downturn and the higher risk to their health amid this crisis.  She notes people need to have access to reliable transportation even amid this pandemic adding the trucking industry is delivering medical equipment, food and necessities in this critical time so the government must support drivers who are working around the clock along with people who have to be in self isolation or are laid off.


The Provinces May Need Financial Help.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says they have worked to build up the province’s rainy day fund.  He notes because of the COVID-19 effect on decreasing revenue and increasing spending it may be used up in as little as three months so he’s asking the federal government to help with borrowing to protect the health care system and services.  Pallister is calling on the federal government to establish a pandemic emergency credit agency which will borrow funds and these funds will be repaid by province’s but because of the federal government size and it’s relative fiscal strength as noted recently by the Parliamentary Budget Officer the federal government will pay far lower interest costs on the borrowing than Canadian provinces will.


Pallister emphasizes this is not a hand out to the province but assistance in borrowing at a lower cost.

The Manitoba COVID-19 Count Has Gone up by One.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced this morning there is one new case of COVID-19 in the province bringing Manitoba’s total to 36 all in the south.  He says yesterday the provincial lab performed 734 tests for COVID-19 and today they are reporting one new case which is a man in his 20’s who lives in Winnipeg.  He notes Public Health investigation is continuing to confirm the details but it does appear there is a link to a previously announced case


Roussin adds they are expanding their criteria for testing to people at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and are showing symptoms including all symptomatic health care providers, individuals who live or work in a remote or isolated community including First Nations communities and people who work or live in group settings such as correctional facilities, shelters, long term care or residential facilities or remote work camps.

Testing for COVID-19 Will Expand in Manitoba.

Manitoba Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says they have developed a priority list that will expand as their capacity for testing for COVID-19 increases.  He says some of those priority lists would include any symptomatic health care workers regardless of travel, anybody symptomatic in a closed area such a long term care facilities regardless of travel and then as they move down that list it should be just any community individuals with symptoms but he notes remember there’s a lot of focus on testing but testing is not the only answer here, if we have someone in the community right now who is ill the advice is to stay home.


Roussin adds if you stay home you are drastically decreasing the chances of transmitting the virus.  If you have flu like symptoms and have related travel call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to be referred for testing.


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