Active Cases Still Rising

In the last week, the number of active cases in Manitoba has increased from 1500 to 1922 as of today. While most of the cases continue to be in Winnipeg, the number of active cases in northern Manitoba has more than doubled in one week. There are now 20 active cases in Thompson. Cross Lake, Peguis, Little Grand Rapids and other First Nations communities are also seeing increasing cases. The number of hospitalizations and deaths throughout the province are increasing rapidly. Everyone needs to be more cautious than ever as COVID-19 is a deadly virus.

North Designated ORANGE

The Chief Public Health Officer for Manitoba announced that effective Monday October 26th, the Northern Regional Health region will be designated as an ORANGE zone. This means that there will be more restrictions put in place similar to those that are now in place in Winnipeg and surrounding area. For example, gatherings will likely drop from 50 indoors to 5 and the provisions for ORANGE in the NNCEA Re-Entry Plan will be implemented at our schools so that our kids can continue their education safely.

Lockdown Extended

Given the increasing number of cases, we have extended the partial lockdown until Friday October 30, 2020 on the same basis as we have had in place over the past few weeks (including deliveries to the checkstop). This will give us time to review the new Public Health Order on Monday and work with our NCN Pandemic Team to determine what changes are needed to our OIC. We appreciate how hard it is to live under these restrictions but we need to do everything possible to keep this deadly virus out of our community.

LIMIT YOUR CONTACTS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. This is the key to bringing down the numbers particularly with the cold weather resulting in more time being spent indoors. Wear your masks and wash your hands frequently. Do not rub your face, particularly your eyes. Also, do not forget to get your flu shot as soon as possible.

We also want to remind everyone to be respectful to our staff who are working very hard to try to keep our community safe. We need the structures we have in place to protect our health and safety. The screening processes are critical. Decisions are being made to protect the health and safety of all of us so be kind to one another. We are all in this together.

Please remember that STAYING HOME and LIMITING CONTACTS with anyone outside your household is the best way to STAY SAFE! Ekosani!