August 19, 2022
COVID-19 BULLETIN #91
EXERCISE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES – COVID CASES ARE HIGH
URGENT – THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER – OIC STILL IN EFFECT
Over 120 new cases have been reported over the past week. We can safely assume the positive cases are higher as not everyone is getting tested or reporting their positive test result to public health. We all must quickly go back to following ALL of the fundamentals – always wear a mask around people, physical distance, limit contacts, sanitize, wash your hands frequently, get vaccinated and get tested if you have any flu or cold like symptoms or have had contact with anyone who tested positive.
MITIGATION PLANS – BUSINESSES, SERVICE PROVIDERS, ELECTION
- Business mitigation plans are in place and MUST be followed.
- Housing office is closed to the public but maintenance and repairs will continue.
- Testing requirements at the check stop and mandatory masking in the workplaces will be enforced.
- The Electoral Officer is developing mitigation plans for the vote next week and further information will be provided as soon as possible.
CONCERT AT RON WOOD MEMORIAL BALL FIELD
- Persons attending the concert Saturday must wear a mask and social distance from everyone outside their immediate household at all times. Anyone who is COVID positive or has symptoms SHOULD NOT ATTEND.
We URGE everyone to do your part to stop COVID from spreading further:
- If you attended any recent events over the past week please monitor yourself for symptoms and test daily – tests are available at OT Gas, Three Rivers Store, VLT Centre, Public Health and the Checkstop;
- If you have ANY symptoms at all, STAY HOME, call public health if you have questions – 204-484-2341 (Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30) or 204-679-0279 (Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm);
- If you test positive you may be able to take medications like Paxlovid so your symptoms do not get worse so call public health or the nursing station; and
- If you test positive you MUST isolate for at least 5 days and then wear a mask for an additional 10 days – if you live with other people wear your mask around them at home also – public health will provide you with additional information.
Like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines wear off over time so boosters are needed to provide ongoing protection. A vaccine for Omicron is expected this fall but in the meantime, TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. BE RESPECTFUL AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER.