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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson is sharing a COVID-19 Update.
COVID-19 update Monday, Nov 30
- 5-day test positivity rate is 13.4%. It's 13.7% in Winnipeg.
- 11 people died plus 11 reported Sunday for a total of 312. See below for details. Condolences to the families.
- There are 342 new cases bringing the total to 16,825
• 23 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 46 cases in the Northern health region;
• 14 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 53 cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud region; and
• 207 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

- The number of active cases has increased by 88
- an additional 243 have recovered for a total of 7,253
- That leaves 9,260 active cases (up from 9,172)
- Transcona has 286 active cases (up from 265 Saturday).

Dr. Roussin says that Public Health is not marking all recoveries because staff are busy with contact tracing etc. This means Recoveries are understated and the Active Case count is overstated. New cases over the past 10 days total 3,906. The Active Case count is likely even lower than that.

- 342 are in hospital including 43 in intensive care
- 5,769 tests completed this weekend for a total of 355,081 tests

Covid-19 deaths reported today:
• a male in his 30s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 40s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Health Science Centre unit GA3;
• a female in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region, linked to the outbreak at Villa Youville Personal Care Home;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Charleswood Care Centre;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at St. Norbert Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region, linked to the outbreak at the Bridgepark Manor assisted living facility.

Covid-19 deaths reported Sunday:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Holy Family Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Northern health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Villa Youville Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at Menno Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Fred Douglas Lodge;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Park Manor Care;
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Holy Family Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre;
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to an outbreak at Holy Family Home; and
• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Provincial Response Level is now RED/CRITICAL for the entire province. Find out more at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/

Check out the Manitoba Covid-19 dashboard at manitoba.ca/covid19

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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson is sharing a COVID-19 Update.
COVID-19 update Saturday, Nov 28
- 5-day test positivity rate is 14.2%. In Winnipeg it's 13.9%.
- 10 people died for a total of 290 including the youngest we've seen in Manitoba - a boy under the age of 10 from the Winnipeg health region. See below for more details. Condolences to the families.

- There are 487 new cases and one case removed bringing the total to 16,118
• 23 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 38 cases in the Northern health region;
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 104 cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud region; and
• 307 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

- The number of active cases has increased by 159
- an additional 317 have recovered for a total of 6,804
- That leaves 9,024 active cases (up from 8,865)
- Transcona has 265 active cases (up from 249 yesterday). Most of this increase is likely from Park Manor PCH. 🙁

Dr. Roussin says that Public Health is not marking all recoveries because staff are busy with contact tracing etc. This means Recoveries are understated and the Active Case count is overstated. New cases over the past 10 days total 4,111. The Active Case count is likely even lower than that.

- 327 are in hospital including 44 in intensive care
- 2,640 tests completed yesterday for a total of 348,768 tests

Covid-19 deaths reported today:
• a male under the age of 10 from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain health region and linked to the outbreak at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Heritage Lodge;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain health region and linked to the outbreak at Fairview Home;
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain health region and linked to the outbreak at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home; and
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care.

Provincial Response Level is now RED/CRITICAL for the entire province. Find out more at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/

Check out the Manitoba Covid-19 dashboard at manitoba.ca/covid19

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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson is sharing a COVID-19 Update.
Several weeks ago, Park Manor had a staff member test positive for Covid-19. All seemed well initially, but a couple weeks later another staff member also tested positive (a possibly unrelated case). Since then numerous patients and staff have contracted Covid-19.

Late Friday afternoon I was informed that one resident has died.

As of Friday afternoon, 27 residents have tested positive (this number has been increasing almost hourly all day). In addition a total of 13 staff have also tested positive. More tests are pending for both residents and staff. Many staff are in isolation and unable to report to work.

Park Manor CEO Abednigo Mandalupa Jr and his team are in close contact with WRHA and Sharedhealth. They have alerted all possible support - especially this weekend - including Concordia hospital, Palliative Care Group, WRHA Medical Team support and/or EMS as last resort should they lose more staff due to positive tests and isolation requirements.

Please pray for Park Manor and it's residents and staff. Also remember the families who have loved ones residing or working in Park Manor.
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson is sharing a COVID-19 Update.
Hi all:

Heads up that home care and IV clinic staff working out of Access Transcona are being requested to fill shifts at Personal Care Homes under outbreak.

This request was not made lightly. The staffing situation in our personal care homes is urgent. I'm grateful to the staff who are doing this difficult work and I ask that you join me in thanking them.

As a consequence, patients of the IV clinic in ACCESS Transcona are being temporarily transferred to Downtown or Misericordia locations. There can be no doubt that this change is disruptive to these patients also.

We will get through this - together.
JamesT

P.S. Earlier today, government announced a $5/hr bonus for health care aides and other lower income workers working in personal care homes.
James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson
COVID-19 update Friday, Nov 27
- 5-day test positivity rate is 14.5%. In Winnipeg it is 14.2%
- 14 people died for a total of 280. Details below. Condolences to the families.
- There are 344 new cases bringing the total to 15,632
• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 73 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 65 cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud region; and
• 178 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

- The number of active cases has increased by 20
- an additional 310 have recovered for a total of 6,487
- That leaves 8,865 active cases (up from 8,845)

- Transcona has 249 active cases (up from 235 yesterday). Near as I can tell, most of these are related to the outbreak at Park Manor Personal Care Home 🙁

Dr. Roussin says that Public Health is not marking all recoveries because staff are busy with contact tracing etc. This means Recoveries are understated and the Active Case count is overstated. New cases over the past 10 days total 4,024. The Active Case count is much closer to that number and likely several hundred lower.

- 322 are in hospital including 45 in intensive care
- 3,110 tests completed yesterday for a total of 345,708 tests

Covid-19 deaths reported today:
• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;
• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the Fairview Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the St. Norbert Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Golden Links Lodge; and
• a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre.

Provincial Response Level is now RED/CRITICAL for the entire province. Find out more at manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/

Check out the Manitoba Covid-19 dashboard at manitoba.ca/covid19

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James Teitsma for Radisson
James Teitsma for Radisson is sharing a COVID-19 Update.
MANITOBA RECOGNIZES FRONT-LINE CAREGIVERS WITH NEW $35-MILLION PROGRAM
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Benefit Supports Workers in Personal Care Homes, Shelters, Child Welfare and Other Critical Sectors That Protect Manitobans: Stefanson

The Manitoba government will recognize thousands of front-line workers who provide direct care and help protect vulnerable Manitobans at personal care homes and other critical settings with the new $35-million Caregiver Wage Support Program, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

You can hear Minister Stefanson's remarks here: https://youtu.be/Fn3ihl7o10g?list=PLvqXTqcYDg_f0OH5onPMkSwIWhBIjtZ3i&t=513

“Every day, thousands of Manitoba workers make our province a better place by showing compassion, care and dedication as they support some of our most vulnerable citizens, such as seniors, people with disabilities, children in care and people at homeless shelters,” said Stefanson. “Their commitment has not wavered, despite the challenges and fears caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Caregiver Wage Support Program, our government is recognizing their ongoing commitment and the value of their critical work.”

The Caregiver Wage Support Program will be available to more than 20,000 Manitobans currently working full-time or part-time on the front lines of the pandemic response. These include health-care aides, housekeeping staff, direct service workers and recreation workers. They provide direct care to vulnerable Manitobans at personal care homes or in disability services, child welfare services, homeless and family violence prevention shelters, or long-term care facilities.

Eligible employees will receive an hourly $5 top-up to their wages, based on the number of hours worked between Nov. 1, 2020, and Jan. 10, 2021. Two intake periods will close on Dec. 14, 2020, and Jan. 18, 2021. The program benefit will be paid directly to workers by the province in the week after each intake period closes. To qualify, workers must earn a regular wage of $25 per hour or less.

“This program recognizes the efforts of those who are serving on the front lines of our battle with COVID-19,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. “They have exemplified true professionalism and courage while caring for Manitobans, and doing their best to protect us all from this virus.”

The Manitoba government has partnered with the federal government in cost-sharing the program, which recognizes low-income and middle-income workers who have been integral in supporting the province’s pandemic response. The federal government is providing $20 million, while Manitoba is contributing $15 million.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the criteria:

Earn a regular wage rate of less than $25 per hour excluding shift premiums and overtime rates.

Work in one or more of the following positions:
• Health care aide or equivalent
• Housekeeping staff
• House Supervisor
• Direct service worker
• Youth Care Worker/Practitioner
• Recreation worker

Work in one or more of the following facilities:
• Child and Family Services (CFS) Group Home
• Community Living disABILITY Services (CLDS) shift-staffed group home or 24/7 cluster living arrangement
• Emergency Placement Resources shelter
• Family violence prevention shelter
• Homeless shelter
• Personal care home
• Retirement residence
• Supportive housing residence

Additional information on the Caregiver Wage Support Program, including information on how workers can register, is online at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/programs/caregiver-wage-support.html.