IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #107 – July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020


The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 0.44 per cent and three new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 407.

The data shows that there were:

    • two new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
    • one new case in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows:

      • six current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care
      • 74 active cases and 325 individuals have recovered from COVID-19
      • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is now eight

A case that was identified on July 25, a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region, is being removed from the case totals after investigation determined the individual had recovered from a previous infection from another province.

The dashboard and graphs are updated Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. Data from the weekend will be updated on the following Monday.

  • Effective today, July 29th, all travellers, visitors, and airport campus employees must wear a face covering or non-medical mask at all times inside Winnipeg Richardson International Airport. Face coverings must be worn properly to cover one’s nose and mouth at all times in all public areas of the terminal. For more information, check the blog post: Face coverings are now a must in all public areas at YWG.
  • Effective April 20, all travellers are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while flying as mandated by Transport Canada. Those who don’t have a non-medical mask or face covering will not be allowed to board their flight.

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are in-office daily at the Pinaymootang Head office and at the Headingley Sub-office.

If you are using gloves or masks, please discard these items accordingly.

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Phase Four Plan Released, Feedback Critical to Final Plan

As a result of public health evidence and advice, and in response to feedback received, phase four will proceed but with some items deferred to a later date or moved forward with more limited implementation. Other steps will remain as proposed.

The proposed changes to visits in personal care homes and long-term care settings will proceed as outlined in the draft document. Facility operators will continue to review visitation policies and processes to ensure appropriate visitation, along with the health and safety of residents and families.

Items moving forward with limited implementation on July 25 include:

  • maintaining current site capacity at 30 per cent (instead of the proposed 50 per cent) for faith-based services and pow wows, but eliminating the need for sub- groups (cohorts);
  • allowing stage performances and opening movie theatres to a maximum capacity of 30 per cent of the site (instead of the proposed 50 per cent), up to a maximum of 500 people;
  • allowing casinos to open at a maximum of 30 per cent of the site’s capacity (instead of the proposed 50 per cent); and
  • allowing retail businesses and indoor recreation sites to use non-permeable barriers when distances of two metres can not be

The following proposed changes have been deferred at this time:

  • proposed changes to indoor and outdoor gathering sizes;
  • relaxing of self-isolation requirements for those travelling from eastern and southern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada; and
  • walk-up counter service in bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries.

Public health officials will review possible adjustments on a week-by-week basis and make any additional changes based on the public health situation at the time.

To view the updated phase four plan and to review public health guidance for businesses, visit

IRTC Education Update: Course Registration Dates for September 2020

Please note that the following education institutions have stated that the majority of their programs will be offered online for the Fall 2020 term. In addition, the following dates should be adhered to when it comes to registering for your courses for the September 2020 session. Red River College -registration begins a month before your program start date.

University of Winnipeg -registration appointment notices are sent to students mid to late June and registration will begin in July.

University of Manitoba -registration for Fall 2020 opens in Aurora on July 23 – August 11 for returning students. Registration for Fall 2020 for new students will be July 14-20. Students can start checking their registration dates starting July 10.

The Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG) is designed so that qualified Post-Secondary students and recent graduates can pursue volunteer opportunities and earn up to possibly $1000.00 -$5000.00 based on the number of qualified hours. Below is the link for students to obtain further information and how to apply to the Canada Student Services Grant (CSSG). student


IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #41 – May 3, 2020

May 2, 2020


Public health officials advise one new case of COVID-19 has been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 280.

  • The data also shows:
    • six individuals are currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
    • 38 active cases and 236 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
    • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at six
  • All Manitobans returning to work are now eligible to access the temporary child care system to find a location that meets their needs. Families can use the online tool at to view available spaces and then contact centres directly to finalize arrangements. Licensed centres are able to provide care for up to 16 children per centre. Larger centres with separate rooms and external entrances can accommodate up to 16 children per room. Home-based child care providers can continue to provide care for up to eight children.

For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit the Community Screening sites

  • It is important to note that while some gradual lifting or restrictions has begun, significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue. Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. The request to stay home as much as possible is still in place at this time. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Visits to cottages are not recommended at this time. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.


Cases and Risk of COVID-19 in Manitoba

The dashboard is updated daily at 1 p.m.

Please note: tests results during the weekend are unofficial at this time     and will be confirmed on Monday.


IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

May 4, 2020 – May 8, 2020

Karl Zadnik                   204-956-7413

Seetta Roccola             204-782-0592

Tosan Okorosobo        204-869-2082

Liz Bone:                       204-782-3651

Donna Thompson       202-302-0959

IRTC Wellness Team

Sheri Gould                      204-302-0078

Marcie Tavares               204-803-0700

Treena McPherson        204-302-1344

May 11 – May 15, 2020

Cindy Garson               431-334-8761

Josie Kent                     204-803-0700

Millie Anderson           204-891-3409

Cailin Hodder               204-899-2486

Darlene Bird                 204-281-7388

Jordan’s Principle

Alyssa Monkman          431-338-4349

Millie Anderson            204-891-3409

Martin McLean             204-280-0232

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via email and cell phone should you need to contact them.

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Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

It is not clear there is any significant benefit to wearing masks to prevent influenza or influenza-like illnesses (including COVID-19) in community settings.

Wear a facemask: If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other individuals (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply therefore they should be saved for high risk individuals and health care providers.

If you are using gloves or masks, please discard these items accordingly.


IRTC Education Update

IRTC Student Services program provides Post Secondary and Private Home Placement education funding to Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan and Pinaymootang students. Monthly allowance disbursements will be distributed as usual without disruption.


Social Development Update

I.R.T.C. Social staff continue to provide regular updates to Income Assistance Administrators as information comes from Indigenous Services Canada.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has raised questions for Income Assistance Administrators on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).


PESP Program

The PESP Program has temporarily cancelled all planned programming until further notice.

I.S.C. has confirmed any surpluses in programming can be carried forward past March 31, 2020 deadline. Caseworkers available to take applications and do assessments via email and phone.


Emergency Management Update

The Province of Manitoba has issued a new public health order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The following measures will be in place as of April 1st:

  • No gatherings over 10 people
  • 10-person limit not applicable for healthcare or social
  • All restaurants prohibited from serving food in their premises, delivery or take out is
  • All businesses that are not considered as a critical service must close between April 1st and April 14th. These businesses may operate on a remote
  • All businesses considered critical services must enforce appropriate social distancing
  • Municipal transit services, taxis and private vehicles for hire can continue to operate. The operator of the vehicle must take measures to ensure there is reasonable separation of people in a vehicle


Wellness Team

The Wellness team developed an activity booklet for youth. The activity booklet includes fun activities that include coloring, breathing techniques for anxiety and monitor feeling. The booklet is available to print for parents, frontline workers, teachers, and children to print and make copies.

The booklet will be available on the Wellness Facebook page and on the IRTC web page. The booklet will be sent to all Health Centres affiliated with IRTC