IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #55 – May 20, 2020

May 20, 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 290.

The data also shows:

  • one individual is currently hospitalized, with no individuals in intensive care;
  • 23 active cases and 260 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven
  • The significant efforts taken by Manitobans to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continue to have the desired effect and portions of the Phase 2 re-opening plan can now be implemented. As of Friday, May 22 public health orders will be modified to increase the limit on gathering size to no more than 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place. Other changes such as an expansion of the types of businesses that can re-open are being discussed, and more details will be announced once those decisions are made.
  • In addition, work is underway to allow limited, outdoor visitation at personal care homes. Individual facilities are putting procedures in place and will be contacting families directly to provide details, including the start date, locations and hours for visitation. Facilities are expected to have this in place by Friday May 29. This is not a return to normal but does provide a balance between ensuring the health of residents while retaining access to social connections. Enhanced screening will occur upon arrival along with hand hygiene and physical distancing. A maximum of two visitors will be allowed at a time Indoor visits will remain suspended for now, except for compassionate reasons.

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

Seetta Roccola          204-782-0592

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

Darlene Bird             204-281-7388

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.

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


IRTC Education Update

The program information and application guidelines for post secondary students are now available for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) program. Please go to the link below to learn more about the program details and to complete the checklist to determine if you are eligible. benefit.html

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.