Local News Archives for 2020-04

Single Site Restrictions for Personal Care Home Staff are in Effect Starting Tomorrow.

         

 

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports there are two new cases bringing the total number of cases to 275, the total number of COVID related deaths in Manitoba remains at six, five individuals are hospitalized with none in ICU, 220 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 49 active cases.

             

Public health orders restricting staff from working in more than one licensed personal care home have been signed and will take effect tomorrow.  This is intended to provide additional protection against the introduction or spreading of the COVID-19 virus in these care homes.

             

Public health is asking you to shine a blue light in your home, yard or business to support our heath care workers with information at www.truebluemanitoba.ca.

 

Saskatchewan reported six new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 389 with 58 cases from the far north.  88 cases are considered active with 295 reported as recovered.  Saskhealth again reminds you if you are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath contact HealthLine 811 for advice on whether you should be tested for COVID-19 or go to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19.

Northern Artists are Keeping Busy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Flin Flon’s Daniel Dillon has put together a team of northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists who will focus on different mediums as part of a documentary photography project.  He says they are meeting via Google Meet while working on their own art project during self isolation.  He explains he has contacted twelve artists all from different disciplines to see if they were interested in producing a body of work and also producing a biography as the same time and he has artists with the background in fiddle construction, pottery, painting, photography, metal work, drawing, quilt work, bowl turning and Indigenous artists that will be bringing in caribou hair tufting, quill work and bead work.

             

Dillon adds his plan is to complete this Collaborative COVID-19 artist’s project and have an exhibition of their work in 2021.

Niki Ashton's newest MP report says we must remain on high Alert for COVID 19.

Her report acknowledged that we have been fortunate to have a limited number of cases in our region and that people would like to see things reopen as soon as possible but moving too quickly could have a devastating impact.

Limiting exposure will still be vital and the ability to track and trace infection and provide testing will be essential and we should remain conscious of the fact that there will be more impacts of this pandemic in the future with the possibility of another wave or waves.

Ashton wants to thank communities that have taken initiative during this shutdown and thanks northerners that have followed all of the public health recommendations.

Fire Destroyed a Duplex in Creighton.

Just before two o’clock this afternoon a fire was reported at 458 Elander Avenue in Creighton.  The RCMP report both residences in a duplex were completely destroyed in the fire.  Both Creighton and Flin Flon Fire Departments were on the scene.  No one was injured.

             

The cause of the fire is still to be determined.

An Overview of COVID-19 for Manitoba Has Been Released.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports as of this morning they conducted 24,304 lab tests.  There’s been 273 positive cases with 213 listed as recovered with 54 active cases, at this time there are five individuals in hospital with no one currently in intensive care and six Manitobans have died due to COVID-19. He pointed out an epidemiologic curve of COVID-19 to date in Manitoba and there were significant increases in cases at the end of March and early April however in the last two weeks they have been seeing a much slower increase in cases averaging under two per day in the last two weeks.

             

Roussin adds the data supports the easing of public health measures announced earlier today.

 

 

Saskatchewan reports a sixth death related to COVID-19 a resident in their 80s from the far north region.  They report 17 new confirmed cases eleven of which are from La Loche in the far north region bringing the provincial total to 383.  86 cases are considered active with recoveries remaining at 291.

 

Phase One of Restoring Manitoba Services Begins Monday.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the government’s plans to gradually loosen COVD-19 restrictions and re-open the economy.  He reports effective Monday, May 4th a number of non-essential businesses will be able to open their doors.  He says these will include non-urgent health services, dentists, orthodontics and physiotherapists, as well they will be able to re-open elective surgeries and they’ll also ease restrictions on outdoor recreation such as playgrounds, golf courses and campgrounds.

             

Pallister added they are also easing restrictions on a number of retail businesses such as clothing stores, sporting goods stores, restaurant patios and hair salons under strict guidelines.  Travel restrictions will remain in place and gatherings will remain at no more than ten people until at least mid-May.  Phase two will begin no earlier that June 1st.  Full details can be found online at www.manitoba.ca/restoringservices.

 

 

The Blueberry Jam Music Gathering Will Not Happen This Summer.

Flin Flon’s Blueberry Jam Music Gathering committee has announced due to the COVID-19 situation the Gathering for August 6th to 9th has been cancelled.  They note they care about you and your health and cannot plan and deliver the Blueberry Jam you expect while ensuring everyone safety in the current conditions nor can they guess what restrictions may be in place in less than four months from now.  They add it’s not time for them to ask support from businesses and organizations when they know they are faced with the consequences of the COVID-19 measures.

             

The committee assures you they look forward to a reboot from August 5th to 9th 2021.  While waiting they will work to keep the Blueberry Jam alive through internet offerings both of previous events and of newly produced material.

             

You can still support the Gathering by purchasing a Blueberry Jam 2020 pin supporting the best free music festival that has ever been postponed by going to the City of Flin Flon website, click on visit and then Blueberry Jam.

 

*Link to Murray MacDonalds updated Blueberry Jam song:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cxq9azesrwqemxw/AACHQpQ78YkylPWaCDcJGwxYa?dl=0

 

Rockcliff has Discovered Further High Grade Copper Extensions at its Tower Property.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced the completion of a successful winter drill program on its Tower Deposit. The deposit is located in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt on highway six about 126 kilometers south of Wabowden.

             

President Alistair Ross explains this deposit is presently one of the highest grade unmined deposits in the greenstone belt and the 2020 drilling to date has confirmed the exceptional potential to extend the known mineralization of the deposit. He says it’s huge news for them as it’s showing they’re open to the south, they’re open at depth and maybe there’s some hanging wall stuff that’ll add to their tonnage or volume in the future.

             

The drill program intersected high grade copper mineralization including 4.88 percent copper equivalent across 13.53 meters and 12.42 percent across 2.66 meters. Ross adds they look forward to this spring and summer when they recommence drilling at Tower with a view of expanding the know mineralization.

 

 

COVID-19 Testing is Being Expanded in Manitoba.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister spoke yesterday on the importance of testing in flattening the COVID-19 curve.  He announced that they will be tripling their testing capacity over the next few months with increased testing alongside Cadham Provincial Lab at Dynacare and secondly they are expanding their testing criteria to any Manitobans who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 including a cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever which would allow you to be tested to better determine the spread of the virus in Manitoba.

             

Pallister adds staying the course while increasing our testing capacity is critical as we work towards safely re-opening our economy and it will help keep the COVID curve flat.

 

 

There are No New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported no news cases so their case total remains at 272, the total number of COVID related deaths in Manitoba remains at six, seven individuals are hospitalized, of that two are in intensive care, there are 209 individuals listed as recovered and there are 57 active cases.

             

Roussin reminds you that although testing has been expanded to include all symptomatic Manitobans you must still be referred for testing.  For information call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257.

 

Saskatchewan reports one new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Regina region bringing the provincial total to 366 with 46 cases from the far north. 70 of the cases are considered active, 3 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 291, five deaths related to COVId-19 have been reported to date and eight people are in hospital, two in intensive care.

Flin Flon Surgery Cases are Being Referred to The Pas or Winnipeg.

 

           

The Manitoba Nurses Union has raised concerns about the indefinite suspension of operating services at Flin Flon General Hospital.  In response the Northern Health Region has issued a release stating:

As a result of the recent departure of our surgeon and anesthetist from the Flin Flon General Hospital, the Northern Health Region was left with no other choice than to suspend operating room services at the hospital. At the same time, the Region met its obligation under its Collective Agreement with the operating room nurses and issued the 90-day notice provided for under the contract. Senior officials from the Region met face-to-face with appropriate representatives of the MNU and the OR nurses last week to advise them of the suspension and the reasons for it.

In the short term, a contingency plan has been developed that will see all surgical cases presenting to the Flin Flon General Hospital being transferred to The Pas or Winnipeg as is deemed clinically appropriate. We know realistically that we are up against a national shortage of core specialists like anesthetists and surgeons.  

They add the Northern Health Region continues to work with Shared Health and Manitoba Health on planning for clinical services in Flin Flon which are grounded in the provincial Preventive Clinical Services Plan.

Changes are Coming to Long Term Care Facilities.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports one new case with the total number of cases now at 272, the total number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at six, seven individuals are hospitalized, of that two are in intensive care, 205 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 61 active cases.

             

Public Health has also announced to protect residents of long term care facilities beginning on May 1st staff in nursing and support services who typically work at multiple personal care homes will be limited to working at a single site.  They will work with the health regions, staff and families of those in care to implement this change.

 

Saskatchewan reports 12 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 365 with eleven of the new cases in the far north, 72 of the cases are considered active, recoveries remain at 288 people, seven people are in hospital with two in intensive care and five deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported.

 

You Are Asked to Pause Tomorrow and Remember Those Who Died or Were Injured at Work.

With the pandemic affecting the world right now to limit gatherings and to practice social distancing United Steelworkers Local 7106 have cancelled tomorrow’s Day of Mourning ceremony.  They will be laying a wreath on behalf of all organizations in Flin Flon and Snow Lake to honor men and women who have lost their lives or have been injured at work.  They ask those who can to lower their flags at half mast.

             

Steelworkers Health and Safety Rep Shaleen Lycan explains on April 28th we pause to remember workers killed and those who suffer from injuries or illnesses because of unsafe conditions at work.  She says these preventable tragedies forever change the lives of not only the individuals but the lives of their families and friends.  She adds it is also a day to improve on the health and safety of our workplaces and continue the never ending work that accomplishes it adding we commit to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies.

Supports are Available for Children.

As reports of child abuse see a substantial decrease as people stay home, a child advocacy centre in Manitoba states it’s important to be aware of the risk of abuse or neglect for a number of children and youth across the province.

 

The Snowflake Place’s Executive Director Christy Dzikowics says the vast majority of child abuse reports come from other adults in a child’s life, like a teacher or coach.

 

However, Dzikowics adds that teachers have been staying connected with their students during the school closures.

 

She explains that it’s okay to reach out to the appropriate agencies if you are worried about the wellbeing of a child during this time. She thinks we’re all a little afraid of passing judgement and that’s not what this is about as we’re in extraordinary times and if you’re worried about a child it’s not your responsibility to know for sure that a child is at risk or that it needs a certain threshold.  She advises reach out to professionals, child and family services, police in extreme circumstances where you are worried about the imminent safety of a child and they’ll check in and that’s okay.  She says they’ll make sure that families have what they need and kids are safe and she thinks we need to give everybody a little bit of permission as it’s not the time to mind your own business if you’re worried about a child.

 

Dzikowics adds that this is especially important for younger children who may not be aware of the resources that are available to them, such as Kids Help Phone.

For more information, you can visit Snowflake Place DOT CA

 

Creighton School Staff Toured Their Students Streets.

Crieghton Community School staff held a car parade through Creighton and Denare Beach last Wednesday to see the students they haven't seen in many weeks.

They submitted the attached pictures as they lined up for the parade.

 

The Number of COVID-19 Cases in Manitoba Went Up Again Over the Weekend.

After reporting four new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday Manitoba Public Health officials reported another four new cases this afternoon.  That brings the total number of lab confirmed positive and probable cases to 271.   Eight individuals are currently hospitalized with two in intensive care, there are 66 active cases and 199 individuals who have recovered and the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at six.  There were still only three confirmed cases reported in the northern health region

              Public Health officials again remind you it is important for people who meet the criteria and are showing even mild symptoms of COVID-19 including a cough, runny nose, a sore throat and a fever to be tested to better determine the spread of the virus in Manitoba.  Call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257.

 

Saskatchewan reported four new cases bringing the total to 353.  Three of those new cases were in the far north bringing that total to 35.  61 of the total cases are considered active and eight more people have recovered brining the provincial total to 288 recoveries.

 

Another case of COVID-19 Has Been Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports one additional case bringing our total to 263, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at six, seven individuals are hospitalized, of that three are in intensive care, 196 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 61 active cases.

             

Over the next week facilities in Winnipeg, Selkirk and Brandon will begin to increase their surgical activity. Surgeries will be scheduled for the most urgent cases first and all necessary precautions will be taken to protect staff and patients from COVID-19.  Patients will be contacted directly about scheduling their surgery.

 

             

Saskatchewan reports ten new cases bringing the provincial total to 341 with 28 from the far north, 57 cases are considered active, 10 more people have recovered bringing the total to 280 recoveries, five people are in hospital with two in intensive care.

Students Will Have Opportunities to Work This Summer.

Premier Brian Pallister is asking Manitoba businesses to help young people to get summer jobs through a wage subsidy program.  He announced they are initiating the largest Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Plan in our province’s history. He explains this program will enable Manitobans to hire up to five summer students and it will allow them to receive up to five thousand dollars of matching subsidy on those salaries per student.

             

The program is open to Manitoba students ages 15 to 29 with an employment period from May 1st to September 4th for businesses still open and others preparing to open following upcoming recommendations provided by health officials.  For the first two weeks priority will be given to employers who do not qualify for the various federal government assistance programs.  For more information including how to apply for the wage subsidy go to www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

 

Local Teachers Are Supporting Our Frontline Workers.

Flin Flon School Division Teacher Daniel Dillon says he has permission from the Division to use the Many Faces 3D printer to print personal protective equipment for anyone in our community who needs it.  He explains they’ve been printing off head masks, the straps that go on the back, they’ve 3D printed humanalities for doctors to practice tracheotomy and also head shields as well as the components that go with that so they’ve been working to help the community to fill any voids that there are in regards to personal protective equipment.

             

Dillon says he and other teachers have been contacting people to see if there is a need in some areas for equipment. They have provided equipment for nurses, doctors, firefighters and EMS workers .He adds if there’s anyone who needs equipment you can contact him at 204-271-4904 or email ddillon@ffsd.mb.ca.

 

Tax Payment Discounts Have Been Extended in Creighton.

Creighton Town Council met this past Wednesday via a phone conference to discuss the latest business. Alderman Eastman moved that for this year due to COVID-19 the town would extend the tax discounts.  Current tax payments made in the month of January to October fifth will receive a five percent discount, payments made in November will get a four percent discount and current tax payments made in December receive a three percent discount.  That motion was carried.

             

He also moved that for the months of March, April and May of this year no late penalty for utility arrears will be charged.  That motion was also carried.

             

Alderman Rainville reported that the town has donated one thousand dollars to the Lords Bounty Food Bank to assist during the pandemic.  Mayor Bruce Fidler reported he has been involved in a lot of conference calls concentrating on dealing with COVID-19.  Otherwise it’s been relatively quiet and he’s hoping things well ease up before too long.

 

The Saskatchewan government has outlined a five-phase plan to reopen parts of the province's economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Premier Scott Moe says restrictions are first to be lifted starting May 4th for dentist offices, optometry clinics and physical therapy providers.

Golf courses are to reopen on May 15th and retail shops selling clothing, books, flowers and sporting goods might be allowed to open their doors on May 19th.

Hairdressers and barbers could also start seeing clients again on May 19th, but employees working directly with the public would have to wear masks.

The government's plan doesn't include timelines for reopening gyms and restaurants, but says once they do, they will have to operate at half their capacity.

Moe says health officials will monitor COVID-19 cases as the plan rolls out and will adjust scheduled reopenings if needed.

Manitoba Has Seen a Jump in COVID-19 Cases.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported five new cases so the total number of cases is now 262, the total number of COVID-19 related deaths remains at six, seven individuals are hospitalized, of that two are in intensive care, 174 individuals are listed at recovered and there are 82 active cases.  There are no new cases in the north.

             

Roussin again reminds you we must continue to use caution but in the coming weeks they will be looking at how to lift some of the restrictions in a guarded fashion while closely following our numbers.

 

Saskatchewan reports five new cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 331, 22 are from the far north, 57 cases are considered active, nine more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 270, six people are in hospital with one in intensive care.

There Are Increased Resources at a Property near Snow Lake.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation recently filed an updated Talbot Deposit Mineral Resource Estimate on their property near Snow Lake.  President and CEO Alistair Ross says the completed technical report outlines the high potential of the Talbot deposit.  He reports they’ve just a shade under 2.2 million tonnes now in indicated at about 4.4 percent copper equivalent so they’re very excited by the growth of that assurity on what’s in the property but they’ve also grown some tonnes in that overall volume as well because some of their condemnation holes at the top of the ore body actually had additional ore or additional resource and so the inferred is now 2.44 million tonnes at a shade under 3 percent copper equivalent.

             

Ross adds the Talbot Joint Venture Agreement with Hudbay is scheduled for completion during the second quarter pending any delays that may result from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Province Will Support Small and Medium Sized Businesses.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister recognized small and medium sized businesses as a vital part of our economy and a key to our recovery after COVID-19.  He announced support through a forgivable loan to fill the gap in federal programs.  He explained their gap program will provide up to six thousand dollars to small and medium sized businesses that are facing significant pressure posed by COVID-19.  He says their program will be co-ordinated and effective, it will they estimate offer assistance of up to 120 million dollars as our businesses are struggling and need support.

             

The program will advance each eligible business that temporarily closed or curtailed operations as a result of COVID-19 the non-interest loan which will be forgivable on December 31st if they attest at that time they have not received any non-repayable COVID-19 federal support.

A Couple of More Cases of COVID-19 Have Been Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reported two new cases bringing our total to 257, the total number of COVID related deaths remains at six, seven individuals are hospitalized, of that three are in intensive care, 154 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 97 active cases.

             

Roussin notes in the coming weeks they are going to be looking at ways to re-open things cautiously as they follow the numbers and will share more details as they become available but it’s still time to follow the social distancing strategies.

 

Saskatchewan reports six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 326 with 18 from the far north, 61 of the cases are considered active, nine more people have recovered bringing the total to 261, five people are in hospital with one in intensive care and four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to date.

 

We Should Still Be Recognizing Special Events as Distancing Rules Continue.

At their meeting last night Flin Flon City Council shared ideas to recognize upcoming events.  Councilor Karen MacKinnon suggested now that people are at home they have time to develop float ideas in case we can have the Canada day parade as this is Manitoba’s 150th and the Trout Festivals 70th anniversary.  They will confirm the parade with the Festival Committee.

             

Councilor Colleen McKee noted we have students graduating in Flin Flon and Creighton so we should come up with a way to recognize them which the community is always good at doing.  Councilor Ken Pawlachuk noted as one idea when the Arts Council gets their screen on the Community Hall operating again they can run the graduate’s pictures.

             

Councilor Pawlachuk reported the Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation will again be ordering the flowers for Main Street with financial assistance from the City and Hudbay .

             

Councilor MacKinnon recognized the local Fire Fighters Association who did a drive by of the senior’s homes along with EMS and also brought pizzas to the seniors at the Manor and Personal Care Home.

             

Council passed on first reading a bylaw to adopt the provisions of the Manitoba Emergency Measures Act and to approve and adopt the updated City of Flin Flon Emergency Plan. Only minor updates were required to the plan.

The Workers Compensation Board is Offering Funding Relief to Employers.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says relief is needed for employers across the province due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  He has announced the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is returning a 37 million dollar surplus back to contributors around our province to provide financial relief to our eligible employers and through them to assist our employees in those businesses at the same time.  He says this will keep our workers compensation strong but it allows them to return money to businesses at a time when cash flow is a real challenge so in May eligible employers will receive a credit to their account based on 20 percent of their 2019 premium.

             

For the health care sector this equals an approximate 6.2 million dollar refund.  Of the 37 million dollar total the WCB expects 29 million to be returned to the private sector with approximately 7 million going to small businesses.

 

A Small Increase was Reported in COVID-19 Numbers in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brian Roussin released the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports one new case with the total number of cases now 255,  the total number of COVID related deaths remains at six, seven individuals are hospitalized, of that four are in ICU, 150 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 99 active cases.

             

Roussin noted they continue to work on modeling in Manitoba which will give numbers to help them plan and understand what they may expect but numbers are still quite low which makes it difficult to come up with useful models but they will release the information when developed.

 

Saskatchewan reports four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 320 with 13 in the far north.  64 of the cases are considered active, 14 more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 252, there are five people in hospital one in intensive care.

Creighton School Students Can Wave to School Staff Tomorrow.

At noon tomorrow Creighton Community School staff will have a car parade as a way to connect with the students & families they haven't seen for so many weeks.

They’re asking for students and families to social distance, do NOT gather with your friends.  Staff will be in their own vehicle by themselves so they ask you to follow the social distancing guidelines as well.  They will pass by as many homes as possible with the RCMP leading the way, so hopefully they'll be able to wave and smile to as many students as they can.

The parade will begin in the bussing area by the Sportex at noon tomorrow and will proceed through Creighton and then to Denare Beach before returning to Creighton

 

The parade route is on the School Divisions Facebook page and has been emailed to students and parents.

The Friendship Centre Has Made Several Changes in Delivering Their Programs.

The Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre advises they are following recommendations and strategies put in place in order minimize the impact of COVID-19.

             

Modified Aboriginal Head Start Programs and youth programming are being delivered using social media and social distancing practices.  Everyone Deserves a Home program and Liaison/Client Services are offered with restricted client contact and social distancing practices.  Elder programs are suspended with weekly wellness checks with Elders with Elder/Cultural Advisor services offered by phone, email and social media.

             

The Hostel is open with access restricted to residents only, the Restaurant is closed until further notice, the Gift Shop is available for pickup orders only by calling 687-3900 and doors to the Friendship Centre facility are locked so call 687-3900 for assistance.

             

A complete list of updated information can be found on their website www.flinflonfriendshipcentre.ca or their Facebook page.

The State of Emergency Continues in Manitoba.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the state of emergency will be extended for another 30 days.  He explains extending the state of emergency will ensure we are able to provide the necessary resources to the front line of our health care system.  He states what we are doing is working so we must continue to do everything that we can to continue flattening the COVID curve and this will be especially important as we move forward together to beat this thing.

             

Pallister says their number one priority is to keep you and your loved ones safe so stay vigilant, stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing in order to slow down the virus.

Another COVID-19 Related Death Has Been Reported in Manitoba.

Manitoba Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He announced one additional case bringing the total number of cases to 254 and he announced one additional death a woman in her 80s so the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Manitoba now is six.  He noted eight individuals are hospitalized with five in intensive care, 144 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 105 active cases.

             

Roussin says demand for testing is down so their testing capacity has increased so if you have respiratory symptoms and feel you meet the criteria for testing call Health Links and they’ll guide you to the next step.  He said testing criteria now includes workers or volunteers at workplaces that have been identified as essential services.

 

Saskatchewan reports one new case of COVID-19 bringing the total to 316 reported cases, 11 in the far north.  74 cases are considered active and four more people recovered bringing the total number of recoveries to 238.

 

Very High Grade Results Continue to Come in at a Deposit in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone Belt.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has filed an updated Mineral Resource Estimate on their Tower Deposit.  Their President Alistair Ross says they continue to be surprised by the drilling results.  He says they believe now this project is the sixth highest grade property found in the Greenstone belt in the Flin Flon area.  He notes of those six five have been mined and now the sixth is obviously waiting there as a deposit and of those six it is the largest in tonnage of any of them so you can understand how it is they are very excited.  He adds it’s got a copper grade of just a shade under 4.7 percent and copper equivalents with some add ons of zinc, silver and gold.

             

The Tower Deposit is located in the Flin Flon Snow Lake Greenstone belt on highway six about 126 kilometers south of Wabowden.

 

The Fire Chief Reminds You to be Fire Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Flin Flon Fire Department is urging everyone not to forget about fire safety as you deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The fire department has had to implement safeguards and physical distancing protocols in the workplace. Residents are advised fire hall tours and presentations have been cancelled until further notice, all medical assists will be coordinated with EMS to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both members and the public, all fire inspections will be assessed on an essential basis and coordinated through contacting the fire hall and increased safety procedures are in place for entering of private homes and buildings 

 

Fire Chief Jason Kuras is urging you to remain vigilant by practicing fire prevention and fire safety and additional time at home with family members provides an excellent opportunity to discuss fire safety and review your home fire escape plan.

 

COVID-19 Numbers are Holding Pretty Steady in Manitoba.

After reporting no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and three new cases Saturday Manitoba Public Health officials reported no new cases this afternoon.  The total number of lab confirmed positive and probable positive cases remains at 253. Eight individuals are currently hospitalized including five in intensive care, there are 105 active cases and 143 individuals have recovered with the number of deaths remaining at five.

              Public Health officials have expanded testing criteria to include all symptomatic workers or volunteers at workplaces that have been indentified as essential services and any symptomatic person who lives with a health care worker, first responder or worker in a congregate setting such as a correctional facility, shelter, long term care or residential facility.

 

The Number of COVID-19 Cases in Manitoba is Holding Steady.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin reported the latest numbers this afternoon.  He announced no new cases so the total remains at 250, 8 individuals are hospitalized, of that 4 are in intensive care, 132 individuals are listed as recovered, there are 113 active cases so today we have seen more individuals listed as recovered as active cases for the first time.

             

Roussin adds we should be cautiously optimistic with these numbers but the virus is still in Manitoba and this is not the time to relax our efforts at social distancing.

 

Saskatchewan today reported one new case and one presumptive case of COVID-19 for a total of 307.

It says 228 people have recovered.

In her latest MP report, Niki Ashton praised the people of northern Manitoba for their unprecedented mobilization to fight COVID-19.

Ashton remarked that she’s proud of the decisive action taken to shut down Northern communities in order to keep the coronavirus from reaching them.

 

She also acknowledged the extra efforts of healthcare professionals and front line essential workers including those in grocery stores, pharmacies and transportation, such as taxi drivers and truckers.

 

She still pushed for more testing and protective equipment, referencing the vulnerability of many residents of northern First Nations.  

 

Ashton encourages those who can stay at home to do so with the ultimate goal of protecting ourselves and our communities.

                                                           

Scammers Continue to Threaten Manitoba Hydro Customers with Disconnection.

Aggressive scammers continue to target Manitoba Hydro customers throughout the province, threatening to shut off their power unless immediate payment is made.

 Scammers contact customers by phone or email claiming they have an outstanding bill. They then demand payments of up to $1,500. The scammers say failure to pay within 30 minutes will result in their electrical service being disconnected.

Chris McColm, Manitoba Hydro’s Security and Investigations Supervisor says Manitoba Hydro has suspended all service disconnections indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic adding they  will never phone you and demand immediate payment by a prepaid card or a money order.

McColm also said scammers falsify their caller ID information to make it appear they’re calling from Manitoba Hydro. Customers should call Manitoba Hydro at 1-888-624-9376 if they get a call or email and are unsure if it’s authentic. Customers can also send a message to the utility’s Facebook or Twitter pages @manitobahydro.

Support is Available for Those With Stress and Anxiety Issues.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced a digital cognitive behavioral therapy program is now up and running.  He says it’s designed to support the mental health of Manitobans and help address anxiety and stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  He reports since their announcement just a couple of weeks ago they have had over 800 Manitobans pre-register and nearly 600 individuals are already actively receiving help and counseling participating in the online therapy program guided by professional therapists.

             

Pallister adds this is a free and confidential virtual therapy platform and has proven to be one of the most effective and efficient therapy methods available.  If you have the need for this help and support you can sign up by going to www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

The call continues for more nurses to help fight the pandemic here in Manitoba.

Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced on April 1st that the province was changing the rules to help bolster health-care staff by temporarily allowing nurses currently not practicing to register for work. 

 

Katherine Stansfield, the CEO and Registrar for the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba explains the temporary registration is for a four month duration and it can be renewed once.  She notes it’s a very time limited registration and it is essentially for support of the care of individuals during the pandemic but that doesn’t restrict those registered nurses who are registered under this classification to only care for patients who have COVID-19.

 

The College of Registered Nurses is waiving the application and registration fee to support this initiative and the government of Manitoba is covering the liability protection for these nurses. 

 

Travel Will be Restricted to Northern Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin has announced a new public health order affecting the north effective tomorrow until May 1st .  He says they’ll be restricting travel to northern Manitoba and remote communities.  He notes this order is specific to communities above the 53rd parallel and to remote communities that do not have road access in the summer.  He adds residents of the north and remote communities may continue to move within the north, the delivery of goods and services can continue, the order does not apply to government employees or health care workers travelling for work, families with shared parenting agreements or child and family services.  He adds this will help protect the region where the spread of the virus could significantly affect the health of that population.

             

Roussin also reported four new cases of COVID-19 in the province bringing the total to 250 with the north holding at three reported. There are eight in hospital with four in intensive care, there are 124 active cases and 121 have recovered.

Information Continues to be Available on School Division Activities.

The Flin Flon School Board held a virtual meeting this past Tuesday providing the latest news.  Superintendent Tammy Ballantyne commended everyone dealing with the new challenges we are all facing.  Kindergarten registration forms can be found on the Division’s website www.ffsd.mb.ca and parents can continue checking the Division’s sites for updates.

             

Board Chair Murray Skeavington thanked parents and students for their patience and asked students to keep working on material provided by teachers.  He also thanked the custodial staff keeping the schools clean and safe, thanking EAs, administration and Board members for their hard work during this time. 

             

A reminder that school speed zones are still in effect and parents to contact your child’s school to pick up school work.

The Manitoba Government is Releasing up to One Billion Dollars to Support Their Ongoing Actions to Fight COVID-19.

Premier Brian Pallister says with COVID-19 the financial pressures on the government are very real so the recall of the Legislature was to keep Manitobans safe.  He explains they’ve increased their spending power so now they have funds at hand to quickly help those in need whether it’s delivering on the promise and the need for more personal protective equipment, other resources to frontline workers, whether it’s supporting families who need access to health care and other supports, whether it’s aiding businesses through tax deferral and other measures some of which he will be announcing next week they are enhancing the spending power of the government to address each of these issues.

             

Half of the one billion dollar investment will be directly available for health care costs while 400 million would be available for allocation to new COVID-19 pandemic related costs across the whole of government allowing the flexibility to create new government programs or support services or addressing increased costs under existing programs and 100 million will address the costs of potential natural disasters later in the fiscal year.

There is Another COVID-19 Related Death in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports two new cases, two probable cases have been tested as negative therefore the total number of cases remains at 246, they are reporting one additional death due to COVID-19 which is a woman in her 60s who lived in the Prairie Mountain Health Region which brings to total number of COVID related deaths in Manitoba to five.  He adds nine individuals are hospitalized, of that four are in intensive care, 108 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 132 active cases. There are still three cases reported from the northern region.

             

Roussin reminds you not to ignore other health issues due to COVID-19.  He says hospitals are safe places and health care providers will ensure every precaution is taken while providing care.

 

Saskatchewan reports three new cases of COVID-19 brining their total to 304 with seven in the far north.  95 cases are considered active, 18 more people have recovered bringing the total to 205, and there are eight people in hospital across the province receiving inpatient care.

Rockcliff Reports a Significant Increase to Their Rail Resource.

Rockcliff Metals Corporation has announced an updated Mineral Resource Estimate by P & E Mining Consultants for the Rail Deposit located near Snow Lake.  They report 1.17 million indicated tonnes at 3.53 percent copper equivalent and 0.73 indicated tonnes at 4.09 percent copper equivalent.

             

Rockcliff President Alistair Ross says they are very pleased that the successful drill programs at Rail have added substantially to the Rail Indicated classification tonnage noting they have also identified over 730 thousand tonnes of new high grade inferred tonnage. He adds deposit remains open along strike and at depth and several additional nearby copper targets remain untested.

Workers Following COVID-19 Rules Will Not Lose Their Jobs.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced the government will now compensate health care workers who are required to self isolate for 14 days due to possible COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.  He also added new provisions that will affect workers.  He reassured Manitobans they will not lose their job for taking leave to comply with public health orders to self isolate or to seek medical attention or to care for a loved one because of COVID-19 and that’s why he announced they are moving forward with provisions to the Employment Standards Code that will allow employees to be given protected unpaid leave as well during these unprecedented times.

             

Pallister noted the province is also seeking ways to defer non-essential spending across all of government to ensure its ability to redirect resources to front line health services during this critical time.

 

COVID-19 Cases are Holding Steady in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest numbers this afternoon.  He reports no additional cases so their total remains at 246, 9 individuals are hospitalized of that 4 are in the ICU, the total number of deaths in Manitoba remains at 4, 99 individuals are listed as recovered and there are 142 active cases.

             

Roussin reminds you that public health orders have been extended to April 28th and also warns of multiple phishing scams and frauds related to COVID-19.  He advises do not provide any financial data and hang up on the caller.

 

Saskatchewan reports one new confirmed case bringing their total to 301, seven are from the far north, 110 of the cases are considered active, nine more people have recovered bringing the provincial total to 187 and there are seven people in hospitals receiving inpatient care.

 

Manitoba has created a web portal to help families whose children are learning at home during the suspension of in-school classes because of COVID-19.

The web portal is called My Learning at Home, and Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says it’s a tool to supplement learning, but not replace the work that teachers are continuing to do remotely for students across the province.

               

My Learning at Home went live on Thursday, and is available in English and French, and has separate resource material for elementary, middle, and high school students, which will be updated overtime as more tools are developed for K to twelve students.

 

The province adds that additional supporting resources for adult learners and early childhood years will be updated regularly as well.

 

The My Learning at Home web portal can be found on the Government of Manitoba website.

 

Patient and Staff Safety Continue to be a Priority for the Northern Health Region.

Health Region CEO Helga Bryant says they ensure that people who are ill stay home and they are screening every person at the beginning of every shift to ensure the safety of staff, patients, hospitals and other sites from COVID-19.  She explains that in turn creates challenges for them in terms of being able to maintain their baseline staffing so they have reduced as has the whole province some services that can safely be put off or postponed until they are through COVID so that they can focus on the folks that need to be in hospital and really need that inpatient acute care and there may be more service reductions as they move through this.

             

Byrant also praised staff, physicians and volunteers for their hard work and the community for their co-operation as together we can overcome COVID.

 

COVID-19 Numbers Fluctuated Over the Easter Long Weekend.

Public Heath reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Saturday and none on Sunday and one that proved to be a false positive.  Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin updated numbers this afternoon.  He reported four new cases bringing their total to 246, eight individuals are hospitalized, of that four are in intensive care, the total number of deaths in Manitoba remains at four, they are listing 99 individuals as recovered and there are 143 active cases.  There are still only three cases in the northern region.

              The Manitoba Government has engaged Manitoba based business 24-7 Intouch to help businesses, not

for profits and charities facing economic challenges due to COVID-19 connect with support programs.

 

 

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

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He reports six new cases bringing the total to 230 and they are announcing another death, a gentleman in his 70s from Winnipeg with an underlying medical condition and this brings the total deaths to four.  He says ten individuals are hospitalized of which five are in ICU and they are reporting 92 individuals listed as recovered with 134 current active cases.

             

Roussin adds Manitobans should not interpret current numbers to mean the risk of COVID-19 is reduced as they may be a reflection of the effect strict social distancing measures have had and these measures must be continued.

 

Flin Flon School is Offering an Option to Daily Snacks.

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We recognize that these are uncertain times and want to help anyone who may need it.
Every day our schools provide breakfast to children who want to have it, and a daily snack. In
lieu of these daily snacks, we want to help support any families that may need a little help during
this time.
We also understand that circumstances for families may change over time, so please
know staff can be contacted going forward if a need arises.
Please contact one of the following people listed;
Mike McLellan (Ruth Betts) 204-687-8860
Jolene Gardiner (Ruth Betts) 204-271-1312
Courtney Lycan/Jenilee Lengye(Ruth Betts) 204-271-3035
Erin Dadson (Ecole McIssac) 204-687-9733
Sylvie Dufour (Ecole McIsaac) 204-687-8832
Miranda Bowman (Ecole McIsaac) 204-687-8830
Leanne Phair (Many Faces) 204-271-1445
Mark Lucas (Many Faces) 204-687-9718
Steve Lytwyn (Hapnot) 204-687-8844
Jill Rideout (Hapnot) 204-687-9709
Tammy Ballantyne (Flin Flon School Division) 204-681-3418
Marlee Salamondra Milley (Creighton) 306-688-2204

There Has Been Another Small Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest COVID-19 number this afternoon. He reports three new cases in Manitoba which brings the total to 224, eleven individuals are hospitalized, of that 5 are in intensive care, they are listing 76 individuals as recovered making 145 active cases while the total number of deaths remains at 3.

             

The number of confirmed cases in the north remains at three.

             

Public health officials are expanding testing criteria to include first responders with respiratory symptoms.  This would include positions such as paramedics, police and fire fighters.

             

Roussin reminds you that it’s too early to determine from the numbers that the risk is lower so it’s important to continue to follow all recommended precautions.

 

Saskatchewan reports 7 new confirmed cases bringing the provincial total to 278.  There are five confirmed cases in the Far North.  160 of the cases are considered active. 12 more people have recovered bringing the total to 115.

 

Fines are Coming to Enforce the Public Health Act.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has announced new measures for people who don’t obey social distancing rules under the Public Health Act.  He says they are starting with Winnipeg with a program called Safe Apart.  Effective immediately fine amounts for breaching these emergency rules will be set at 486 dollars for individuals and 2542 dollars for businesses.

             

Measures including public health officers working in conjunction with local police services, First Nations police services and the RCMP are in place for municipalities outside of Winnipeg.  Plans are underway to expand these and adopt similar measures outside of Winnipeg. These include engaging municipal bylaw officers, community and First Nations safety officers, community volunteer groups such as Citizens on Patrol and Manitoba Conservation Officers who will work with respective police services.

There Was a Small Increase in COVID-19 Numbers in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Brent Roussin released the latest COVID-19 numbers yesterday afternoon.  He reports 4 new cases bringing their total to 221, 69 individuals are listed as recovered, there are 149 active cases and the number of deaths remains at 3.

             

There are still three confirmed cases in the north.  20 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 none in the Northern Health Region and steps continue to protect staff and patients.

             

Roussin reminds Manitobans not to interpret the current case numbers to mean our risk is reduced as the numbers may be a reflection of the benefit of our enhanced social distancing strategies and the hard work Manitobans have put into that but he added now is not the time to let our guard down.

 

Saskatchewan reports 11 new confirmed cases bringing their total to 271 with four in the far north, 165 cases are considered active, 15 more people have recovered bringing the total to 103.

 

People in the North are Doing Well in Preventing the Spread of COVID-19.

The CEO of the Northern Health Region Helga Bryant says as of yesterday there were only three cases of COVID-19 reported in the north and they are recovering well in their homes.  She says she has to believe that our measures done here in northern Manitoba to date have just made a huge difference particularly given our vulnerable population. She commends many of the First Nations communities and the efforts they have taken to ensure travel in and out of their communities is kept to a minimum as that has been hugely helpful in promoting that message about stay home, stay home, stay home.

             

Bryant adds we must all remain vigilant and follow the recommended protocols.  She also advises you to be cautious about information provided on social media with accurate information on their website www.northernhealthregion.com.

 

Manitoba 150 Celebrations Have Been Postponed Due to COVID-19.

 

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced now is not the time for celebration, it’s a time to stay home and protect ourselves and others. He says for that reason they will press pause on Manitoba 150 celebrations by postponing the remaining Manitoba 150 events such as the Manitoba 150 concert.  He says Manitobans will have the chance to fully enjoy events when we’re on the other side of their pandemic and boy will we have something to celebrate at that time.

             

Pallister adds he looks forward to welcoming Manitobans and Canadians from here and abroad in 2021 when we can celebrate together what Manitoba has to offer.  He noted all groups with planned celebrations will be able to recover their costs and prepare for the celebration next year. Organizations with questions about events and funding should email artsbranch@gov.mb.ca.

 

A Plastic Bag Ban Has Been Put on Hold.

At the Flin Flon City Council meeting last night Mayor Cal Huntley said Council will forgo for the immediate future the plastic bag ban they have been developing since with the current COVID-19 situation you can’t take your own shopping bags into stores.

             

Council received the Fire Chiefs report for March indicating five incidents including assistance to Emergency Services, a fire in a pot on a stove, a snowmobile fire, an electric baseboard heater fire and a leaking water heater tripping a breaker.

             

Council received a letter from the United Steelworkers local 7106 advising due to COVID-19 they will not be holding their annual Day of Mourning ceremony.  They ask businesses around town to lower their flags at half mast on that day April 28th.  The Steelworkers will be laying a wreath in Flin Flon and Snow Lake to honor men and women who have been killed or injured at work and ask people to take a moment of silence for all those that have been lost.

Travel, Food and communications are concerns on First Nations.

While northern First Nations are setting up checkstops to maintain control of traffic in and out of their communities in order to help their members self-isolate, it’s important for supplies to still make it through.

 

Garrison Settee, Grand Chief of MKO reports they’ve been in contact with the corporations that work with their First Nations communities to make sure they’re inventory is getting through and that’s been happening but with the medical supplies there’s a shortage everywhere in Canada like masks and hand sanitizer and so forth so those things are a bit of a challenge still..”

 

Settee says hunters and medicine people have been encouraged to go out to stock up on the traditional foods and medicines that they rely on to promote good health.

 

He adds another main challenge facing first nations during this pandemic is the lacknof reliable phone and internet services.     This impedes MKO’s efforts to reach their leadership and will also impact education for students on first nations with educational packages having to be dropped at their homes. 

 

There Has Been a Third COVID-19 Related Death in Manitoba.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest numbers this afternoon.  He reports 13 new cases bringing the total to 217.  He also reports a third death, 12 individuals are hospitalized and of that 6 are in intensive care and they are listing 21 individuals as recovered.  There are 3 confirmed cases in the northern region.

             

The third Manitoba death was a man in his 60’s from Winnipeg who had underlying medical conditions.

             

Roussin adds as the virus is spreading person to person to be safe you should assume the virus is in your community and follow the recommended protocols.  He also reminds all travelers from outside Manitoba you must self isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

             

Saskatchewan reports seven new cases bringing their total to 260, 160 of the cases are considered active, seven people are in hospital, 88 people are reported recovered and there are four cases in the far north.

A Flin Flon RCMP Officer was Threatened with COVID-19

At approximately 9:25Friday night RCMP responded to a call of a disturbance on Second Avenue.

 

Officers were advised that a 16-year-old male was on the street in possession of a knife while making threats to harm a homeowner.

Officers placed him under arrest for Uttering Threats and Possession of a Weapon. He was transported to the Creighton RCMP detachment. As the youth was being led into the detachment, he began making threats that included references to COVID-19 and then forcefully coughed multiple times into the officer’s face. He was then arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer. He was later released to his family.

It is not believed that the youth has COVID-19 but, as a precautionary measure, the officer is self-monitoring.

Sergeant Paul Manaigre says their officers are focusing on education and are using discretion when it comes to enforcing measures related to COVID-19, however, they will arrest individuals who willfully disregard public health measures and potentially endanger others.

Flin Flon RCMP continue to investigate.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister Has Again Called on the Federal Government for Borrowing Support.

Pallister says COVID-19 has shut down the economy so borrowing is the only way governments are going to get money to support health care.  He called for a Federal Emergency Reserve Savings Fund explaining the federal government should act as the intermediary for all provinces in their borrowing.  He says they should co-ordinate this national emergency response as they can borrow at much lower rates and they can pass those savings on as a service to Team Canada.  He notes it could save Manitobans in excess of a billion dollars in just the next ten years adding lower interest payments mean more money for health care now and in the future and lower burdens on future generations too.

             

Pallister says he is waiting for a response from the federal government but all provinces are onboard with the plan.

 

There was Only One Case of COVID-19 Reported.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest numbers Monday afternoon. He reports one additional case bringing the total number of cases to 204, 11 individuals are currently hospitalized with seven in intensive care, 17 individuals have recovered and the total number of deaths remains at two.

             

Dr Roussin said there now appears to be a reason to wear a mask.  He explains the use of non-medical masks in public is an additional way to protect those around you by reducing the chances of droplet transmission.  He notes it should be clear that wearing these masks is very unlikely to protect the individual wearing the mask, it’s more to protect the people around them but the major message is that now is the time to stay home, social distancing at all times and when that may not be possible wearing a non-medical mask may be of benefit to protect others around that individual.

             

Roussin adds as COVID-19 is spreading person to person they are prepared to see some increased numbers.

 

Flin Flon RCMP are Investigating a Snowmobile Fatality.

The RCMP report a 42 year old man died due to injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident.  It occurred on the road behind the Willowpark area around 9:20 yesterday morning.  He was the only person involved and police are still investigating the accident.

First Nations Communities in Our Area are Taking the Right Steps to Protect Themselves.

Flin Flon MLA Tom Lindsey says there are concerns if COVID-19 moves into First Nations communities. He explains many of those communities have already enacted their own state of emergency and erected blockades trying to prevent people that may be exposed or may already have it from getting into some of those northern communities that are really lacking health care facilities and have crowded housing with 10 to 12 to 15 people to a house, how do they practice social distancing and proper hand washing, all those issues just get exemplified so they’re further ahead in keeping it out in the first place.

             

Lindsey adds a lack of medical supplies is also a problem in First Nations and other northern communities as well as having the medical personnel you need to deal with issues that come up.

 

As adults struggle to manage the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic our children also need to have their concerns heard.

Sara Austen, CEO and founder of the children’s advocacy group called Children First Canada, says kids need reassurance now more than ever.  She says parents, grandparents and other family members have a really important role to play right now in helping reassure our children.  She notes you don’t have to have all the answers, we don’t have to know what the next weeks or months will hold but we do need to be able to reassure our kids and let our kids talk about the things that they are concerned about adding even very young kids can articulate their fears and concerns and need a chance to talk about it.                                               

 

Austen says at-risk children will be at a greater risk now that schools are closed.  That’s because they are missing out on breakfast and lunch programs that help them combat hunger. 

 

They’re also away from the teachers, school nurses and other professionals who keep an eye out for incidents of abuse.     Austen says the cases of abuse are already on the rise due to the stress being created by enforced isolation and lack of finances.

COVID-19 Numbers in Manitoba Went Up Again Over the Weekend.

Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin released the latest COVID-19 numbers this afternoon.  He announced 9 new cases bringing their total to 203, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 remains at 2, 11 individuals are hospitalized, of these 7 are in intensive care, they are reporting 17 individuals are listed as recovered and public health investigations continue to confirm details and information will be provided on their website as it is received. 

             

The number of confirmed cases in the north remains at 2.

             

Roussin advises people to remain within or close to their home communities.  This includes limiting travel even within Manitoba to essential trips only.  He notes services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

 

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.

 

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