Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc. (DCM) is a non-profit Charitable organization which recognizes the value of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. The purpose of the organization is to coordinate and/or provide resources, and programs that enhance the development of the Deaf community.
Public health officials advise eight additional probable 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 72 at this time. The total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.
Public health investigations are underway to determine additional details and to confirm the possible exposure of these cases. Case data, including possible events and locations where people may have come into contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, will be updated at www.manitoba.ca/covid19 when available.
The public is reminded that under The Public Health Act, the following measures will be in place, effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30:
• Public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises. This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters.
• Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.
• Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres.
Other restrictions first introduced in a public health order issued on March 20 remain in effect.
Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any recreational, tourist or non-essential international or domestic travel. In addition, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.
This does not include:
• workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services;
• workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
• health care workers who travel to work from outside the province;
• normal personal travel in border communities.
A community testing site will open Monday in Pine Falls at École Powerview School at 33 Vincent St. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. There are 15 community testing sites in Manitoba, including six drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the next week. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics. Information on locations and hours of operation are available at: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.
Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started to have significant impacts on the community, we acted quickly to proactively work with Members and customers to help them navigate travel plans and travel insurance coverage.
We temporarily closed all CAA Manitoba stores and asked all CAA Associates to work from home. We also made the hard decision to implement contact-free service throughout our roadside network in an effort to keep CAA Drivers and our Members safe.
We are doing our part to help contain this pandemic, but as a care-driven company, built on the values of making a difference in the community, to us, that isn’t enough.
This week, we quickly started looking at how else we can make a difference during this difficult time. We feel a responsibility to not just help our Members, but to do something good for the community.
I wanted to share a few things we are working on to help make a difference for people during this crisis.
Support for our healthcare workers and first responders. Those working on the front lines of this crisis have enough to worry about, and we want to make sure they are able to get to and from work safely. We are now offering them free roadside assistance from CAA Manitoba during this crisis.
If you work in a hospital or health care centre, or as a first responder for emergency services, you can request CAA Roadside Service by calling *222 on your mobile device or toll free at 1-800-222-4357.
This free service is currently being offered to Members and non-Members alike. If you are a Member and a healthcare worker or first responder, these calls will not be counted on your Membership.
Delivery of vital food and supplies. CAA has actively reached out to see how we can be of service to those delivering front-line care. We have connected with several large organizations in need, such as food banks, Meals on Wheels, pharmacies, and other community service groups. When we’ve got extra capacity amongst our fleet of vehicles and drivers, we are working with these organizations to assist with delivering vital supplies where they’re most urgently needed.
Our Associates are always looking for ways to make people’s days better and to keep them safe. We will continue to explore opportunities to help ease the burden of this crisis on our Members and the community at large.
We encourage our incredible Member community to continue to do what’s necessary as we all face this crisis together. Stay safe, practice social distancing to keep yourselves and our communities safe, and to reach out to vulnerable community members to help them feel less alone. We are in this together!
Thank you for your continued support and stay safe.