IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #19 – April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020


Public health officials advise four additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 221.

The data also shows:

  • 12 individuals are currently hospitalized, which includes six individuals in intensive care;
  • 69 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is three (3)

Manitobans should not interpret current case numbers to mean the risk is reduced. The current statistics may be a reflection of the effect strict social distancing measures have had, and reaffirms that these measures must be continued.

Manitobans are reminded this is not the time to let their guard down. Actions taken today will affect case numbers in the weeks ahead. All Manitobans must remain vigilant to flatten the curve of this virus. This weekend is normally busy with gatherings for Easter or Passover celebrations. However, families are reminded that gatherings with anyone from outside your household are strongly discouraged


Please call your local Health Centre for further information on COVID-19 testing sites and resources

Manitoba is declared a State of Emergency as of 11:00 am – March 20, 2020



Interlake Reserves Tribal Council initially took on the efforts to obtain supplies for the IRTC First Nation Communities. Moving forward, Indigenous Services Canada ISC (formally know as INAC) will be providing funding directly to each First Nation for basic supplies and food security.

Please see your leadership for further information

Please Note: this is for ON-RESERVE ONLY


The following in-office essential service’s schedule is as follows:


April 6 – 10, 2020

Lalith Nagella       204-590-9603

Alyssa Monkman       431-338-4349

Tosan Okorosobo 204-869-2082

IRTC Wellness Team

Sheri Gould  204-302-0078

Marcie Tavares       204-803-0700

Treena McPherson 204-302-1344

April 13 – 17, 2020

Millie Anderson                              204-891-3409

Josie Kent     204-803-0700

Seetta Roccola       204-782-0592

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 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 upon your own choice, 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

Due to COVID19 virus issues and preventative measures of social distancing, I.S.C. (Indigenous Services Canada) has stated all annual IA document reviews scheduled for First Nations are delayed at this time until risk subsides. As bulletins come out from the Social Department, we will forward to all IRTC communities on changes for Quarterly reporting.

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.

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 allowed

10-person limit not applicable for healthcare or social services

All restaurants prohibited from serving food in their premises, delivery or take out is allowed

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 basis

All businesses considered critical services must enforce appropriate social distancing rules

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