Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Manitoba Government News: COVID-19 BULLETIN #222

 [ASL Signer: Jordan Sangalang]

Please visit this Manitoba Government News website:   https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=49414&posted=2020-10-16

Source: “COVID-19 Bulletin #222.” Manitoba Government News. Posted 16 October 2020. Web. 16 October. 2020.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Health Canada COVID Alert App

                                      [ASL Signer: Jordan Sangalang]

Please visit this CBC News website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/covidalert.html

Source: “Health Canada COVID Alert App.” Manitoba Government. Posted 06 October 2020. Web. 06 October. 2020.

Manitoba Government Released COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Fall Holiday

      [ASL Signer: Jordan Sangalang]

Tongs for Halloween treats, keep your Thanksgiving dinners small, province advises

Source: Robertson, John. “Manitoba Government Released COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Fall". CBC News. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

CBC MANITOBA NEWS: Masks mandatory, gatherings limited to 10 in Winnipeg, surrounding areas as of Monday

New rules will stay for at least 4 weeks, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says


[ASL Signer: Jordan Sangalang]

Source: Gowriluk, Caitlyn. “Masks mandatory, gatherings limited to 10 in Winnipeg, surrounding areas as of Monday". CBC Manitoba News. 

Monday, 14 September 2020

Deaf Centre Manitoba (DCM), Inc. Board's Memo: Formal Announcement

                                               [ASL Signer: Jordan Sangalang]

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Life in a pandemic isn't easy, but performer Jordan Sangalang has a few tricks

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Performer Jordan Sangalang saw his Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival plans put on hold this summer. As the pandemic affects his life, he’s still convinced laughter is the best medicine. Like everyone else, Jordan Sangalang, 34, had plans disrupted by COVID-19 this spring. Sangalang, a deaf performer last seen on the Winnipeg stage in the 2017 production Tribes at Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, is also a member of the deaf physical comedy troupe 100 Decibels. When the lockdown hit, he and his fellow players were preparing a "comeback" at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. The pandemic threw those plans in a blender. "There were too many uncertainties and it left us at a standstill," Sangalang says in an email interview. "Our rehearsals and performances require space for us to meet and it’s typically in a studio. With the lockdown that occurred, we were not able to find a space to do rehearsals." When the festival was cancelled altogether, Sangalang at least had the consolation of participating in the free online fringe show two weeks ago, co-hosting one evening of performances with Ray Strachan. The experience connected him to the thrill of performing. "I enjoyed co-hosting with him and going on live," Sangalang says. "Live performances are something I have genuinely missed." These days, it helps that Sangalang is now a father to a toddler with his partner Kristina, an ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter. "It is a gift," he says of fatherhood. "It does makes staying at home easy." That is an element of the five things Sangalang says he needs to survive the pandemic. 1. Video calls "Since physical and social distancing took place, especially when we weren’t able to get together with family and friends, it took a toll on me for a bit," Sangalang says. "As an introvert myself, I admit I enjoyed it in the beginning," he says. "But as weeks went by, I started to feel that I was missing something." It turned out the missing thing was communication. It dawned on Sangalang when he participated with an impromptu video call with a friend. "(We) just chatted away about life, laughter, and the like," he says. "That was the moment I realized: I miss hanging out with people. "I sure am grateful we were able to chat through video," he says. "I communicate using sign language. So, video calls are a necessity for us to be able to communicate." 2. Family Sangalang’s extended family — his parents and siblings — no longer live in Winnipeg. His parents moved to Florida along with one of his siblings. Another sibling is in Ontario. His wife’s family lives in British Columbia. "I do have a number of cousins here in Manitoba as well. Still, during the lockdown, we weren’t able to visit each other. "So I am thankful for my little family," he says. "My spouse makes sure there are bags of Old Dutch ketchup chips and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups around for me to snack on for breakfast... I mean morning, and late-night snacks," he says. "My baby keeps me busy by making sure diapers are clean and just keeps me entertained," he says. "We, as family, share a lot of laughs. They say laughter is the best medicine. We might as well laugh till vaccination for the coronavirus is available!" JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS “By having sign language interpreters, it creates bridges to collaborate with other artists and performers,” Sangalang says. 3. Reading "I have a ton of books," Sangalang says. "It is difficult to commit to finishing as many books as I want to before I became a parent. So, I just resort to stuff I read in social media. "I (still) read some books I have around the house whenever I walk by," he says. "I go to the basement, I have books there. I go to the washroom, I read a couple of business-related books while doing my business. "But more often than I’d like to admit, I scroll through tweets and such," he says. "I suppose they help keep me in the loop with what is going on. Since radio is not accessible to me, news through social media is what keeps me connected." 4. Mirror "I have a mirror in my living room. When it is just me and my baby at home, we do little performances in front of the mirror," Sangalang explains. "Since we communicate using ASL, this makes things more fun for us. "My baby’s little facial expressions and little signing hands are just adorable," he says. "Makes me laugh too and vice-versa. "Anyway, (the) mirror is something I use to keep my creative juices flowing whether it’s physical sketch or visual vernacular," he says, explaining that visual vernacular "is a mix of mime and sign language — think of it in storytelling in sign language in a cinematic view. "Interesting things from this mind I have come out of these hands I have." 5. Sign language interpreters "By having sign language interpreters, it creates bridges to collaborate with other artists and performers," Sangalang says. "By being able to do so, we had the opportunity to share our creativity and perspectives with each other. "It is a necessity for us as performers to collaborate. This has been especially beneficial when having group meetings through video conference meetings. Professionally trained interpreters ensure quality of communication and collaborative work on a high standard." randall.king@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @FreepKing

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Manitoba looks at starting Phase 4 reopening amid coronavirus as early as July 25 - ASL Video will be coming soon

Police silent after discovering body of Martin Carpentier Will 'get worse before it gets better': Trump at 1st coronavirus briefing in… © THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will discuss "restoring safe services" Tuesday morning. Manitoba's premier says the province is looking at moving into the next phase of reopening amid COVID-19 -- including increasing gathering sizes, opening casinos to half-capacity, and lifting restrictions on retail and indoor recreation sites -- as early as this weekend. Brian Pallister said Tuesday the province is looking for public feed back on the plan, which could see the fourth phase of reopening kick in starting as early as July 25. Read more: Manitoba to make bid for Winnipeg to be a CFL hub city, should season go ahead “Thanks to the efforts of all Manitobans, we continue to lead in recovery and have among the lowest COVID-19 test positivity rates in the country,” said Pallister in a release. “That means we can continue our careful, balanced plan to restart our economy, give people back their lives and get Manitobans back to work.” The province's draft plan for Phase Four reopening includes: increasing gathering sizes to 75 people indoors and 250 outdoors, where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Larger group sizes would be allowed where distinct groups of 75 or 250 can be separated to prevent contact with other groups. increasing visitation at personal care and long-term care facilities, ensuring a balanced approach to visitation is required which mitigates the risk of COVID-19 transmission within sites. Each resident or designate would be able to identify two support people who would be able to visit the resident’s room indoors. Outdoor visits would be allowed for a reasonable number of visitors (up to four people) per resident, depending on availability of space. Each site will need to develop specific plans for enabling outdoor/indoor visitation by visitors to ensure the safety of residents within the facilities. adjusting restrictions for faith-based gatherings, pow wows and other cultural and spiritual events, as well as resuming live theatrical performances and movie theatres. No cohorts will be required and capacity will increase to 50 per cent of the site’s capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower. Adequate physical distancing between individuals and households must continue to be provided. opening casinos, with a maximum occupancy of 50 per cent of the site’s capacity. Physical distancing, and frequent and enhanced cleaning and wiping of surfaces are required. lifting occupancy restrictions in all retail settings and indoor recreation sites except for gyms, fitness centres, martial arts, gymnastic clubs and yoga studios. These sites must remain at occupancy levels of 50 per cent or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. allowing closer distancing at therapeutic health businesses and personal service businesses such as hair and nail salons where a non-permeable barrier is installed. allowing counter walk-up service in bars, beverage rooms and brew pubs provided non-permeable barriers and hand sanitizer is available for patrons, along with more frequent cleaning and wiping of services. The province is also looking at removing the 14-day, self-isolation travel restriction for domestic travel within Canada, the premier added. Currently, anyone entering Manitoba from the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, as well as Ontario communities east of Terrace Bay -- a small community on Lake Superior -- are required to self-isolate for two weeks. Pallister said Manitoba is the only province outside the Atlantic region with such a rule for domestic visitors, and doing away with it can be done safely. "We've demonstrated that we have the discipline to live with each other while maintaining ... distancing, while doing our hand-washing, while keeping each other safe," Pallister said. "I would say to those who are afraid, I'm afraid too, I'm afraid too. But I'm not going to let fear rule my life and I'd ask you not to let fear rule yours." Manitobans can weigh in on the proposed changes at the province's website and a telephone town hall meeting is planned for Wednesday. On Monday the premier announced the province will make a bid for Winnipeg to be a hub city for a shortened CFL season amid COVID-19, should the league go ahead with play later this year. He said the province is committing $2.5 million to help encourage the CFL to choose Winnipeg. Pallister said the money will come from an $8 million event attraction strategy, aiming to “maximize the potential” of destinations in both Winnipeg and rural Manitoba to host “large-scale meetings, conventions, and events.” Manitoba has recorded 366 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases to date -- a lower rate than most other provinces. Seven people have died and 41 cases remained active Tuesday. The province had dropped to one active case on July 13, but has seen an outbreak on a few Hutterite colonies in recent days and a couple of positive tests among international travellers. The Opposition New Democrats said the government should hire more nurses and child-care workers as more businesses open up, and also consider a greater focus on masks. "The province should start encouraging Manitobans (to) wear masks as a reasonable tradeoff to keep families safe as additional reopening measures are implemented," NDP Leader Wab Kinew said in a written statement. Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont criticized the loosening of interprovincial travel rules. "The Premier seems to think that Manitoba is somehow immune from COVID-19. We have not beaten it. We have only kept it at bay," Lamont said. Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know: Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities. To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can't keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.