DATE: January 5, 2022

Please see the links below for the most recent COVID-19 information for MB First Nations.

 

COVID-19 Bulletin #550

January 5, 2022
Public health officials advise 10 new deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today: a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region (reported Saturday); a male…

Province to Implement Phased-In Approach for Return to School in January

January 4, 2022
As a proactive measure, the Manitoba government is shifting to a one-week remote learning period for most Manitoba students after the holiday break to ensure schools can implement enhanced…

 

INDIGENOUS SERVICES CANADA BULLETIN EXCERPTS (See link above for more info)

 

Government of Canada Announces Funding for COVID-19 Safe Voluntary Isolation Sites in Manitoba

The Government of Canada is working with partners to protect the health and safety of Canadians and to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. Self-isolation is one of the most effective ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19. However, for some people in Canada, crowded housing conditions and high costs can make it unsafe or impossible to self-isolate, putting themselves, their families, and communities at risk through no fault of their own.

Voluntary isolation sites reduce the risk of spreading the virus among household contacts in situations where people are faced with crowded housing and do not have an alternative. These sites are one of the rapid response tools established to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and can be deployed to communities facing outbreaks.

The Safe Voluntary Isolation Sites Program directly supports cities, municipalities, and health regions that are at-risk of COVID-19 community transmission. Recipients selected under the Program provide an accessible location where people can safely self-isolate for the required period. Local public health officials determine eligible people who may be offered the option to transfer to the isolation site on a voluntary basis to keep them and their household contacts safe during an outbreak in their community.

 

Get your booster dose

To ensure the strongest immune response possible, the timeline between the second and third dose is being shortened for some individuals. Anyone aged 50 or older or those aged 18 or older who live in a First Nations community who received their second dose a minimum of 5 months ago are now strongly encouraged to receive their third dose. A six month timeframe between second and third doses continues to be recommended for most other eligible Manitobans.

NEW: A fourth/booster dose is recommended for moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals. This should be given at least six months after the last dose received.

 

Province expands strongest families institute program to provide mental health services to all Manitobans

The Manitoba government is expanding the Strongest Families Institute (SFI) skill-based programs to serve Manitobans of all ages as an ongoing effort to support pandemic-related anxiety and mental health issues as well as promote mental well-being. SFI provides accessible, evidence-based, bilingual e-mental health services for children, youth, adults and families. In 2019, SFI was contracted by the Manitoba government to provide mental health services to children and youth. The program is now expanding to offer services to adults.

The organization’s ICAN (Conquer Anxiety and Nervousness) program provides adults with life skills to overcome anxiety, depression and stress, providing strategies to help cope with major life stressors. The program is available in two formats:

  • one-on-one or group-based telephone coaching, supported by a handbook or secure online format with a convenient app connection and other resources; or
  • self-directed with no coaching to allow the person to work through the program at their own pace in a secure online or app format.

Adults can self-refer to the SFI program by completing an online form at https://login.strongestfamilies.com/signup/ican/page/1/ or by calling 1-866-470-7111.

Children and youth continue to require a referral to access SFI programs. Parents, guardians and caregivers can call their regional health authority, the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre or their primary health-care provider for a referral.