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Another death related to COVID-19 reported in Winnipeg Oct. 23

Manitoba Public Health reported this afternoon the 48th death related to COVID-19. 

 

It’s a man in his 80s from Winnipeg Health Region linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place. 

 

They also reported 163 new cases with 128 in the Winnipeg Health Region, 19 in Southern Health, eight in Interlake Eastern, seven in Northern Health and one in Prairie Mountain Health Region. 

 

There are now seven cases reported in The Pas/OCN/Kelsey district and 15 in the Thompson/Mystery Lake district. 

 

Of the total 3935 cases reported 1855 are active, 2032 individuals have recovered and 51 are in hospital with eight in intensive care.

 

People with symptoms in parts of the province including Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson can now call or go online to make an appointment to get tested.

 

Phone 1-855-268-4318 toll free or online www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#appointment

Northern Manitoba under level Orange beginning Oct. 26 as ten new COVID-19 cases are announced in the region

Beginning Monday, Northern Manitoba will be under new COVID-19 restrictions as we continue to see a rise in positive cases in the region.

 

Under the new orders, the maximum sizes of gatherings will be reduced to five people, casinos and bingo halls must close, and the max occupancy at retail stores, restaurants, and personal service businesses will be at 50 per cent.

 

Additionally, everyone in the region will have to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, practice physical distancing, hand washing, and cough etiquette; and follow public health guidelines on travel and self-isolation.

 

Schools in the north will also be under additional restrictions starting on Monday, as K-8 students may be offered temporary remote learning to create more space, extracurricular activities will only be allowed if all the distancing requirements are met, indoor choir and the use of wind instruments are not permitted.

 

The province announced ten new cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Health Region, bringing to number of active cases to 45.

 

All the restriction going into effect next week can be found on the Government of Manitoba’s COVID-19 webpage.

NRHA confirms positive COVID-19 case at RD Parker

RD Parker Collegiate has its first case of COVID-19 this school year.

 

This comes after a letter was sent to parents of on Oct. 20 from the Northern Health Region stating that a person has tested positive for the virus, and may have been infectious while at school from Oct15-16.

 

The letter from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Michael Isaac explains the high school is working with Public Health and following their recommendations, and the public health investigation has determined that the exposure was assessed to be low-risk overall.

 

Isaac states close contacts of the patient will be contacted as soon as possible and given instructions to self-isolate.

 

He goes on to say that RD Parker will remain open for students and staff to attend in person.

Masks now mandatory at all City of Thompson facilities and public transit

As of yesterday, masks are now required in all City of Thompson facilities for both staff and the public.

 

This includes city hall, the TRCC, and public transit.

 

The resolution was passed unanimously during Monday night’s city council meeting.

 

Some councillors discussed the possibility of introducing a by-law for masks to be mandatory city-wide in the near future, while others proposed lobbying to government to make the call for municipalities across Manitoba.

 

In the meantime, the city is encouraging residents to wear masks in all public spaces with high traffic, or where distancing is difficult to maintain.

Indigenous leadership, provincial government urge First Nations to get flu shot

As flu season kicks off this year, Indigenous organizations and the Province of Manitoba are urging First Nations citizens to get their flu shot.

 

Dr. Barry Lavallee, the CEO of Keewantinohk Inniniw Minoayawin [mih-noh-ay-ah-win] says this is especially important for families in the north where access to health care is limited.

 

This is among other factors such as housing shortages and people living with chronic health conditions, which create further risk for hospitalization and getting serious health complications from the flu.

 

Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin states that Indigenous Manitobans may be more at risk of serious illness from the flu, and encourages everyone to add an extra layer of protection this flu season by getting vaccinated.

 

The annual flu shot is free of charge and available from health care providers and pharmacies across the province.

 

Find a list of scheduled vaccine clinics in your area at gov.mb.ca.

RCMP renew calls for information on homicide of Bobbie Lynn Moose following 1-year anniversary of her death

This past Saturday marked the one year anniversary since Bobbie Lynn Moose was found dead in Thompson.

 

The 29-year-old’s body was found near Nelson road on October 17th, 2019.

 

Corporal Morgan Page with the Manitoba RCMP Major Crime Unit says Moose was dropped off at the Thompson Walmart on October 1st of last year by one of her sisters and was not heard from again.

 

Page adds investigators believe that Moose knew the person who took her life.

 

To date, RCMP has conducted more than three hundred interviews, spoken with 15 hundred people, and distributed pamphlets in Cree requesting information.

 

Page explains police are looking for information as to what was happening with Moose from October 1st to the 17th, 2019, and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

 

Anyone with information about Bobbie’s time in Thompson prior to her death or has any information related to this investigation is asked to call Thompson RCMP at 677-6909 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Public Health advises of possible public exposure of COVID-19 at Salon Italia on Oct. 9

Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported over the weekend.

 

As of Oct. 18, there 28 active cases of COVID-19 in the north, with eight of them in the Thompson/Mystery Lake Health District.

 

Addtionally, Public Health officials advise that there may be possible public exposure to COVID-19 at salon Italia on Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

For more inforamtion on COVID-19, visit gov.mb.ca.

Northern Health Region give update as COVID-19 cases rise in the north

With the increase in COVID-19 cases in northern Manitoba, specifically in the Thompson-Mystery Lake Health District, the Northern Health Region’s Medical Officer of Health Doctor Michael Isaac spoke to the media to provide an update on the current situation.

 

Isaac says that due to the high number of cases in the south, particularly in Winnipeg, many of the cases in the north are travel related.

 

Speaking on the outbreak on the third floor of the Thompson YWCA, Isaac says that the health region and Public Health were able to successfully isolate all contacts identified from the cases linked to the outbreak.

 

Isaac says that as of Oct. 16 , approximately 40 identified contacts are self-isolating either at home or at the health region’s isolation units, but adds that those numbers are constantly influx.

 

He adds that since the outbreak occurred in the YWCA’s shelter program to help homeless people during the pandemic, the Northern health Region will do outreach testing both at the Thompson Homeless Shelter and in the community as a whole.

 

Isaac goes on to say that now is the time for northerners to get back into the fundamentals to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as frequent and thorough hand washing and hand sanitising, physically distance as much as you can, self-monitor for symptoms, and staying home if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Police looking for information on possible vehicle arson

On Monday, October 19 at approximately 02:50 AM, the Thompson RCMP received a report of a vehicle fire in front of a residence on Grey Wolf Bay. 
 
This fire is considered suspicious in nature. 
 
Police are looking for anyone who may have information on what may have led up to this fire to please contact the Thompson RCMP at (204) 677-6909.
 

Man charged after driving stolen vehicle under the influence

On Oct. 18, at approximately 6:17 PM, the Thompson RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from a business on Commercial Place.  
 
Patrols were made and this vehicle was located on Ashberry Place. 
 
A 25 year-old man from Thompson was arrested walking away from the vehicle and was observed to be impaired by alcohol.  This man later provided samples of his breath more than 3.5 times the legal limit. 
 
This man faces multiple charges, namely, theft of motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, and driving without a license.
 

Thompson RCMP make arrests in robbery

On October 15, 2020, at approximately 9:20 pm, RCMP responded to a robbery at a business on Thompson Drive, in Thompson. An intoxicated male and female, entered the business and were yelling and being aggressive towards the staff and customers. The male then grabbed a broom and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register and both suspects left on foot.

 

At 9:30 pm, officers patrolling in the area located and arrested the suspects.

 

Video surveillance was obtained which showed the suspects leaving the business after the robbery, and then proceeding to assault one another.

 

A 26-year-old male, and a 28-year-old female, both from Thompson, are facing charges of Robbery and Assault.

 

Thompson RCMP continue to investigate.

 

Thompson YWCA, MKO give update on COVID-19 outbreak

The YWCA says their contingency plan is in effect following a COVID-19 outbreak being declared in the facility.

 

The association says the public health investigation had determined the risk to short-term stay residents is low. However, Public Health is recommending anyone who as stayed at the building between October 4th to the 14th to self-monitor for symptoms.

 

A press release from the organization states the YWCA’s Shelter in Place Program, or SHIPP, operates from the third floor of the building, and is self-contained as participants access the building through a separate entrance.

Interactions with staff and clients outside the program are limited as well, and visitor access has been restricted as a result.

 

The YWCA says the SHIPP initiative was developed earlier this year to address concerns over COVID-19 and Thompson’s homeless residents.

 

The Thompson YWCA has been placed in the Critical category of the Province of Manitoba's pandemic response system earlier this week. Public Health staff from the Northern Health Region are conducting contact tracing, and are supervising staff and clients currently in isolation.

 

Additonally, MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee is asking anyone who stayed at the YWCA between Oct. 4-14 to notify staff at their nursing station.

 

 

Manitoba 211 launches phone line service

Manitoba 211 has launched their phone service beginning yesterday, making it even easier for people to get the help and support they need.

 

United Way Winnipeg’s President and CEO Connie Walker says Manitoba 211’s online service has been in place since 2017, and that the expansion to the phone service was made possible thanks to funding from the federal government.

 

Walker says people can call with any kind of health or social service needs such as mental health and addictions, housing, homelessness, and employment.

 

For more information on the new 211 phone line service, you can call 2-1-1, visit mb.211.ca, or catch Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.

Province launches flu vaccine program

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has officially launched the province's influenza immunization program. 

 

Pallister says it’s even more important to get a flu shot as we deal with the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. 

 

He explains the flu vaccine protects us from serious illness and it saves lives, adding the vaccine is available to all Manitobans at no charge.

 

Pallister states he is pleased to say that the eligibility criteria for the high dose seasonal influenza vaccine has been expanded to include not only senior residents of long term care facilities, but many other Manitobans over 65 years of age.

 

That includes all seniors living north of the 53rd parallel. 

 

Close to 150 thousand doses have already been shipped to providers with the full allotment to be sent out over the next several weeks. 

 

You can find times and locations for influenza clinics by going to the Northern Health Region website.

SDML enrollment down about 80 students as of Sept. 30 as schools reopened during COVID-19 pandemic

At Tuesday night’s board meeting, the September attendance rates for students in the School District of Mystery Lake were highlighted as schools reopened last month in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Westwood School had the highest attendance rate at just over 96 per cent, with Wapanohk Community School having the lowest rate at nearly 68 per cent.

 

Co-Superintendent Lorie Henderson explained to the board that enrollment is at around 3, 083 as of September 30th, which is down around 80 students from the same time last year.

 

Henderson noted that as of Tuesday, eleven students are confirmed to be home schooled this year.

 

46 students had not attended school at all since the year began as parents may have been concerned with sending their kids back to school.

 

Henderson says the school district has begun a transition back-to-school program for those students to help them work their way back to in-class learning.

Province of Manitoba declares COVID-19 outbreak at Thompson YWCA

The Province of Manitoba has declared an outbreak at the YWCA facility in Thompson, and placed the facility in  Red (Critical) status under Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System. 
 
Critical status is limited to the facility.
 
For general information about the Pandemic Response System, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/system/red-critical.html
 
For more detailed information about the Pandemic Response System (including single-facility examples on page 11 and 12), download the guide at https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/restartmb/pandemic_response_system.pdf
 
Please remember to be compassionate at this time.

Leaf Rapids RCMP looking for Missing Girl

On Monday, October 12th at approximately 5:35 pm, Leaf Rapids RCMP received a report of a missing 19-year-old female, from the community.

 

Gwyneth Gegenfurtner, was last seen on October 11, 2020, in the area of Mikinak Bay, in Leaf Rapids.

 

She is 5’6”, approximately 140 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.

 

Police and family are concerned for her well-being.

 

If you have any information on her whereabouts please call Leaf Rapids RCMP at 204-473-2469.

McMurdo to join City Council after By-Election

Both Thompson City Council and the School Board for the Mystery Lake School Division have filled vacant seats.

 

In yesterday’s by-election,   Braden McMurdo successfully claimed the spot on city council left vacant by the passing of longtime councilor Judy Kolada.

 

McMurdo claimed 355 votes, followed by Ron Matechuk with 293, Kathleen Bluesky with 280, Jason Bayer with 117 and David Koblisky with 48.

 

Li Cripps was successful in her bid to join the Board for the School District.

Cripps beat out her sole opponent, Bryan Young with results of 630 votes to 454.

 

UCN advised of confirmed COVID-19 case at Thompson campus

A positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the UCN campus here in Thompson.

 

Public health officials advised UCN of the confirmed case on Monday, and the individual was at the campus on October 5th when they were believed to have been infectious.

 

UCN says it’s working closely with public health officials, and contact tracing began as soon as Public Health was informed of the positive test.

 

Anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted and will be given instructions for self-isolation, and testing may also be recommended.

 

Based on the public health investigation, this exposure was assessed to be low, and the infection was not believed to be acquired at school.

 

UCN President and Vice-chancellor Doug Lauvstad says the institution is continuing to ensure staff and students are up-to-date with current and factual information, and that the health and safety of the community is at the forefront.

5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected in Thompson/Mystery Lake Health District this Thanksgiving

Five additional cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Thompson/Mystery Lake District on Thanksgiving Monday.

 

The numbers were announced in the Province of Manitoba’s COVID-10 Bulletin for Oct. 12.

 

The City of Thompson is strongly advising residents to avoid large crowds, practice diligent social distancing and personal hygiene, and to wear a mask in public area.

Recycling Centre shut down Oct. 9 after explosive material was found in residential recycling

The Thompson Recycling Centre has suspended recycling collection Oct. 9 after explosive material was discovered in residential recycling.

 

The City of Thompson says the blasting cap was triggered by friction, and is powerful enough to take off someone's hand.

 

The RCMP, Thompson Fire and Emergency Services, and Vale are on-site to help identify any potential remaining explosive.

 

The city adds that since this is a dangerous act, the RCMP may launch a criminal investigation.

Thompson RCMP seize large amount of cash during traffic stop

The Thompson RCMP is investigating following a traffic stop where they seized a large amount of cash.

 

On Oct. 7 at approximately 2:50 a.m, officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 6 near Pisew Falls.

 

During the stop, police found the money, which is believed to have been obtained through crime, along with a can of bear spray.

 

Two Thompsonites, a 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman are facing a number of charges, namely Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose.

Missing 17-year-old boy found with the help of StreetReach

UPDATE: Matthew Flett has been found safe and sound with the assistance of StreetReach.

 

 

The Thompson RCMP are seeking the public's assistance in locating 17 year-old Matthew Clifford Flett.

 

Flett was last seen near Public Road in Thompson on Sunday, October 4 at approximately 4:35 AM. 

 

Flett is described as being approximately 5'5 and 132 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, and a blue/black hat. 

 

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Matthew Clifford Flett is asked to contact Thompson RCMP at (204) 677-6911.

City of Thompson working with Northern Health Region as province announces positive COVID-19 case in Thompson/Mystery Lake District

After the province announced one positive case of COVID-19 in the Thompson-Mystery Lake District, the city is reminding residents to continue following measures to keep the coronavirus at bay.

 

In a press release, the city says that Public Health nurses and staff are conducting extensive contact tracing and monitoring, and that Thompson is working closely with the Northern Health Region and community partners to contain this event.

 

Mayor Colleen Smook says no one should be surprised or caught off-guard by this announcement as we knew this day would come.

 

Smook says it’s important that we all follow precautions and public health orders properly, such as staying home when you’re feeling sick, washing your hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and covering your cough or sneeze.

 

The City of Thompson will provide updates as the situation progresses in collaboration with provincial authorities.

 

COVID-19 App from Health Canada now available in Manitoba

Health Canada has released a new COVID Alert app to help warn residents across the country if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

You can also use it to quickly report a COVID-19 diagnosis in Manitoba and select participating provinces.

 

The app strives to collect as little personal information as possible, and does not rely on your phone's GPS. You can learn more about how the app works at the link below before downloading it to your device.

 

COVID Alert will not replace official contact tracing efforts, but is one more tool that Thompsonites can use to limit the spread of COVID-19 in northern Manitoba.

 

Check out the app here.

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/covid-alert.html

 

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