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In the wake of COVID-19, what can Manitobans expect in the next few weeks?

By | March 18, 2020

With heightened concern in Manitoba over the novel coronavirus pandemic, a public health expert says things will get worse before they get better. “The most likely scenario is that Manitoba will see even more cases,” said Dr. Steven Hoffman, a professor of global health, law and political science at York University. “I think we’re going to increasingly hear messages… Read More »

‘They need us for travelling’: Winnipeg taxi company suffers sharp drop in demand

By | March 18, 2020

Winnipeg’s largest taxi company says cab drivers are making efforts to keep taxis clean in light of the COVID-19 virus, yet they’ve seen business drop by about 50 per cent in recent days. Unicity Taxi general manager Harjit Chahal says drivers have been asked to clean the interior of their cabs with disinfecting wipes and sprays after each… Read More »

Respiratory care at HSC overburdened, understaffed even before COVID-19, unions say

By | March 18, 2020

With more than a quarter of respiratory therapist positions vacant at the Health Sciences Centre and a shortage of intensive care unit nurses, unions are urging people to self-isolate, wash their hands and practise social distancing to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 on the system. At HSC, 30 per cent of respiratory therapist positions are vacant, according to… Read More »

Manitoba home-care workers only given two-thirds pay for sick days, self-isolation

By | March 18, 2020

Public home-care workers in Manitoba will only receive two-thirds of their wages if they have to self-isolate or call in sick because of COVID-19. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says the current sick policy — which is part of the workers’ collective agreement — puts seniors at risk and is asking for emergency measures by the provincial government to… Read More »

Manitobans urged to continue donating blood, to help make up COVID-19-related shortfall

By | March 17, 2020

Healthy Manitobans are being urged to continue donating blood, as national inventories are taking a hit related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Blood Services staff say individuals and groups have started cancelling appointments in the wake of new protocols around social distancing.  Still, they are asking anyone who feels comfortable and healthy to donate. “The need for blood is ongoing.… Read More »

Winnipeg School Division postpones byelection for vacant trustee positions

By | March 17, 2020

Two vacant trustee positions in the Winnipeg School Division will remain unfilled for the foreseeable future, after the suspension of this week’s byelections due to concerns over COVID-19. Advance polling for the seats in Wards 3 and 4 was already underway Tuesday afternoon when the division and Winnipeg election officials decided to call a halt to the vote, according to… Read More »

City of Winnipeg moves to Level 2 emergency response to COVID-19

By | March 17, 2020

The City of Winnipeg has upgraded its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to Level 2 as it manages essential services and assesses what changes are coming. Last week, city-owned recreational centres, libraries and pools were closed in reaction to directions from Manitoba Health officials. Assistant Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Chief Jason Shaw briefed media alongside Mayor Brian Bowman on Tuesday. Shaw says the… Read More »

Manitoba public health officials call for visit suspensions in personal care homes

By | March 17, 2020

Manitoba public health officials are calling for the immediate suspension of visits to seniors’ homes to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus to the elderly. At Tuesday’s COVID-19 update, chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin told reporters there may be exceptions made for “compassionate reasons,” but people above the age of 65 are among the most at-risk… Read More »