April 8, 2020
Public health officials advise four additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 221.
The data also shows:
- 12 individuals are currently hospitalized, which includes six individuals in intensive care;
- 69 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
- the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is three (3)
Manitobans should not interpret current case numbers to mean the risk is reduced. The current statistics may be a reflection of the effect strict social distancing measures have had, and reaffirms that these measures must be continued.
Manitobans are reminded this is not the time to let their guard down. Actions taken today will affect case numbers in the weeks ahead. All Manitobans must remain vigilant to flatten the curve of this virus. This weekend is normally busy with gatherings for Easter or Passover celebrations. However, families are reminded that gatherings with anyone from outside your household are strongly discouraged https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/index.html#current
- Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of these Information about flights where a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 had symptoms at the time of travel is updated as information becomes available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/flights.html
- Social Gatherings limit still remains at 10 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid-19-gatherings-ten-people- 5512372
- For the most up-to-dated, factual information on COVID-19 Please visitmanitoba.ca/covid19/
- Interlake Eastern RHA testing sites:
Selkirk (1st drive-thru testing site) Eriksdale – 35 Railway Avenue Pine Falls
Please call your local Health Centre for further information on COVID-19 testing sites and resources
Manitoba is declared a State of Emergency as of 11:00 am – March 20, 2020
- The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has set up a call line and email to answer questions from First Nation people and The number is 204-940- 8880 and 1-877-940-8880 weekdays 8:00 am – 9:00 pm and weekends 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Handwashing technique recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d914EnpU4Fo
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council initially took on the efforts to obtain supplies for the IRTC First Nation Communities. Moving forward, Indigenous Services Canada ISC (formally know as INAC) will be providing funding directly to each First Nation for basic supplies and food security.
Please see your leadership for further information
Please Note: this is for ON-RESERVE ONLY
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBER COMMUNITY’S CHIEF AND COUNCIL FOR PICK UP AND DISTRIBUTION.
The following in-office essential service’s schedule is as follows:
|April 6 – 10, 2020
Lalith Nagella 204-590-9603
Alyssa Monkman 431-338-4349
Tosan Okorosobo 204-869-2082
|IRTC Wellness Team
Sheri Gould 204-302-0078
Marcie Tavares 204-803-0700
Treena McPherson 204-302-1344
|April 13 – 17, 2020
Millie Anderson 204-891-3409
Josie Kent 204-803-0700
Seetta Roccola 204-782-0592
Alyssa Monkman 431-338-4349
Millie Anderson 204-891-3409
Martin McLean 204-280-0232
All IRTC Staff are available continuously via email and cell should you need to contact them.
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Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
It is not clear there is any significant benefit to wearing masks to prevent influenza or influenza-like- illnesses (including COVID-19) in community settings.
Wear a facemask:
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other individuals (e.g., sharing a room or
vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply therefore they should be saved for high risk individuals and health care providers.
If you are using gloves or masks upon your own choice, please discard these items accordingly.
IRTC Education Update
IRTC Student Services program provides Post Secondary and Private Home Placement education funding to Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan and Pinaymootang students.
Monthly allowance disbursements will be distributed as usual without disruption.
Social Development Update
Due to COVID19 virus issues and preventative measures of social distancing, I.S.C. (Indigenous Services Canada) has stated all annual IA document reviews scheduled for First Nations are delayed at this time until risk subsides. As bulletins come out from the Social Department, we will forward to all IRTC communities on changes for Quarterly reporting.
PESP Program – The PESP Program has temporarily cancelled all planned programming until further notice. I.S.C. has confirmed any surpluses in programming can be carried forward past March 31, 2020 deadline.
Emergency Management Update
The Province of Manitoba has issued a new public health order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The following measures will be in place as of April 1st:
No gatherings over 10 people allowed
10-person limit not applicable for healthcare or social services
All restaurants prohibited from serving food in their premises, delivery or take out is allowed
All businesses that are not considered as a critical service must close between April 1st and April 14th – These businesses may operate on a remote basis
All businesses considered critical services must enforce appropriate social distancing rules
Municipal transit services, taxis and private vehicles for hire can continue to operate. The operator of the vehicle must take measures to ensure there is reasonable separation of people in a vehicle https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=47337&posted=2020-03-30