April 30, 2021




Lockdown due to another Active Case

There is another active case in the community. A child has been confirmed positive. Contact tracing is underway. We do not know at this time if one of the variants of concern are involved. If you have ANY flu or cold like symptoms, call public health and get tested immediately – DO NOT WAIT even if your symptoms are mild.

In accordance with paragraph 32 of OIC 313-2021-6, the following restrictions are effective immediately:

  • A strict STAY AT HOME order for at least 48 hours to allow contact tracing to take place – no camping trips will be authorized for this weekend;
  • All NCN offices will be closed to the general public except for the Nursing Station, Wellness Centre public health and nursing services, and EMS;
  • ATEC, the Multi-Plex, Arena, the Wellness Centre fitness Centre, the VLT Centre, the Beer Vendor and the schools are closed until further notice;
  • Three Rivers Store will be closed tomorrow (Saturday May 1st) – Regular hours will resume on Monday, May 3rd, 2021.
  • The gas station will remain open subject to regular public health restrictions – fuel will be provided for vehicle’s only, no ATV’s.
  • Funerals are limited to immediate family only – processions will be allowed as long as everyone remains in their vehicles at all times – no-one from outside the community will be allowed to attend and the procession will be escorted by the FNSOs;
  • Local radio bingo will be allowed over the weekend but payouts will not be made
  • until Monday, May 3rd, 2021;
  • Income assistance will be issued on Monday, May 3rd, 2021;
  • No commuters will be allowed into the community with the exception of members of the public health team;
  • No trips into or out of the community will be approved until further notice except for medical appointments or medical emergencies approved by the Nurse in Charge or designate;
  • All persons who left the community overnight will be required to isolate at their residence pending review by the public health team;
  • All requests from persons who previously signed themselves out of the community and wish to return are suspended until further notice; and
  • Court scheduled for Monday, May 3rd 2021 has been cancelled.

Additional information will be provided as soon as contact tracing takes place. In the meantime, it is critical that everyone follow the rules and STAY HOME to give the health team a chance to get a handle on the extent of the issue.

Revisions to OIC

Given the rapidly escalating third wave of the pandemic in Manitoba, please note the following changes to the new OIC approved today. These will take effect as soon as the lockdown can be lifted following contact tracing and testing:

  • The state of emergency has been extended again to May 28, 2021;
  • Travel to southern Manitoba will only be allowed for approved medical assessment or treatment – essential business travel has been deleted;
  • Anyone who travels to Thompson or Winnipeg and stays overnight will be required to isolate upon their return until they can be assessed by public health who will then decide if the person must continue to isolate at home or in an isolation unit or will be allowed to simply self-monitor – directions of the public health team must be followed;
  • Funerals, church and sweats are limited to 10 people plus the officiants;
  • No gatherings of people inside or outside are allowed – each household can continue to designate two people only or one other household to visit;
  • Repatriation of people who left the community during the lockdown is suspended for at least 30 days from today.

Vaccination Clinics

  • Mass Vaccination Clinics will resume at the Multi-Plex next week.
  • The variants are more transmissible, cause more serious illness and are affecting younger people compared to the first two waves of the pandemic;
  • Vaccination has proven to be effective in helping to minimize the negative impacts of COVID-19;
  • Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated next week as Chief and Council, like other levels of government federally, provincially and internationally, are considering what rights vaccinated people will have compared to those who refuse to get vaccinated.
  • This could affect your ability to travel, visit, work for NCN and other related issues.

We know this is all very frustrating so encourage everyone you know to get vaccinated so that hopefully we can have some return to normal this summer. In the meantime, be kind and caring to everyone as we are all trying our best to keep our community safe.