Issue 5 | Nov 30 to Dec 6, 2020


Canadians are Warned to Be Wary of COVID-19 Scams

The Government of Canada is warning Canadians about different scams related to COVID-19 like the CERB and CESB payment and repayment scams. From March 6 to October 31, there have been 6,836 reported cases of fraud.

Many scams try to imitate real federal government services or financial institutions to get personal and financial information. Be wary of unsolicited calls, texts, or emails demanding urgent action, asking for money, or offering advice.

Anyone who has been contacted by a scammer is encouraged to report the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Guidance for Three-Layer Masks

Face masks help control the spread of COVD-19. A fitted, well-designed face mask should have three layers. Two layers should be made of tightly woven fabric like cotton or linen. The middle layer should be made of a filter-type fabric. Masks should cover the nose, mouth, and chin completely without any gaps.

Public health officials base their recommendations for wearing face masks on a number of factors including transmission and infection rates. Some jurisdictions have made wearing face masks mandatory. Sew and no-sew instructions for making non-medical face masks are available online.

Funding to Implement Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Children, Youth, and Families Announced

On November 27, the Prime Minister announced over $542 million to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services and advance the implementation of the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children, youth, and families. The funds will assist Indigenous communities and groups to undertake engagement with their members, start building the capacity needed to establish their own child and family services systems, and participate at the coordination agreement discussion tables.

Under the Act, Indigenous groups can develop their own legislation and delivery models to create a child-centered, community-directed child and family services system that focuses on prevention and early intervention.


COVID-19 Vaccination is Expected to be in Manitoba in Early 2021

Manitoba is planning and preparing for the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021. A COVID-19 Implementation Task Force has been created to help with the immunization campaign.

Because quantities will be limited initially, the task force is working with federal, provincial, and territorial counterparts to identify priority groups who would be eligible to receive the vaccine first.

All government guidelines will be followed to ensure the vaccine meets Canada’s strict safety standards. The vaccine is free to all Canadians.

Rapid Testing in Manitoba

A limited number of rapid test nasal swab units arrived in Manitoba in early November. The rapid test provides COVID-19 positive or negative results within minutes. With a limited number of units available, rapid testing units have been strategically placed to support the province’s overall public health response.

The rapid tests have been sent to remote communities where transportation issues, weather, and other factors cause delays in accessing conventional tests and results. These communities have existing labs and trained healthcare professionals to administer the test.

Rapid testing will not replace conventional testing.

Dr. Roussin Is Reminding Manitobans of the Importance of Self-Isolating

During the November 26 press conference, Dr. Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer reminded Manitobans that the best chance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 was to self-isolate if they have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who has travelled recently or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are displaying symptoms should immediately self-isolate so they have no contact with other people. Symptomatic individuals who share a household should stay in their own room and away from the other members. Under the Code Red restrictions, if someone has tested positive for COVID-19, the entire household must self-isolate for 14 days.

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