IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #51 – May 15, 2020

May 15, 2020


Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 289.

The data also shows:

  • three individuals are currently hospitalized, with one individual in intensive care;
  • 28 active cases and 254 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven


  • It is important to note that while some gradual lifting of 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 and neighbouring jurisdictions, to essential trips only. With the long weekend approaching, Manitobans are reminded that travel is not permitted from southern Manitoba to areas, including campgrounds, north of the 53rd parallel. This is essentially anywhere north of the northern end of Lake Winnipeg.


  • Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links-Info Sante or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms is still encouraged to use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested. Many community testing sites remain open as regularly scheduled this Saturday and Sunday. For Victoria Day, the Sargent Tommy Prince Place testing site and assessment clinic in Winnipeg will be open, as will the Bison Drive drive- thru site. Testing locations in Winkler and Selkirk will also be open. All other locations throughout the province will be closed on Monday and reopen on

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

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 19, 2020 – May 22, 2020

Darlene Bird             204-782-3651

Alyssa Monkman      431-338-4349

Chris Stove               431-334-8922

Nicole Cook              431-275-0523

May 25, 2020 – May 29, 2020

Karl Zadnik               204-956-7413

Tosan Okorosobo      204-869-2082

Seetta Rocolla          204-782-0592

Liz Bone                   204-782-3651

IRTC Wellness Team

Sheri Gould                 204-302-0078

Marcie Tavares            204-803-0700

Treena McPherson      204-302-1344


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


IRTC Education Update

In light of the Covid – 19 pandemic, please be advised of the following. The IRTC Student Services program will continue to operate status quo as in previous years. That is the application deadline of May 15, 2020 for a September start date is fast approaching. This deadline applies to continuing and new student applications. Applications are available on the IRTC website ( and can also be picked up at the Head Office in Fairford Ph. (204)659-4465 or at MIEA 300-286 Smith St. Ph. (204)947-0421.

Social Development Program

Provides support services to our I.R.T.C. communities which includes regular updates from Indigenous Services Canada and information in dealing with the Covid 19 crises. Local program delivery has changed to include workplace safety provisions for staff and clients and requires innovative ways for cheque and/or purchase order distribution in communities. Information and bulletins are sent to assist in these areas.

Canada’s COVID 19 Economic Response Plan has raised questions for Income Assistance Administrators on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Information has been forwarded to communities for client information, community awareness, and provides direction on how the Income Assistance Program addresses clients in receipt of CERB.


P.E.S.P. Program

The Pre-Employment Supports Program is ongoing. As restrictions open, programs will

continue. Caseworkers available to accept applications. With social distancing measures in place, please call to make appointment.


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


Wellness Team


Manitoba Suicide line 1-877-435-7170


Hope for Wellness Hotline



Kids help phone 1-800-668-6868

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