As all adults in Manitoba are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, 48.1 percent have received their first dose.

Public health officials have announced that Manitoba has broken its single-day record with 560 new cases of COVID-19, and three deaths.

Today’s deaths are from two women over the age of 60 from the prairie mountain health region, and one man in his 70s from the Winnipeg region.

All deaths were linked to the B.1.1.7. variant of concern.

Dauphin now has 26 active cases.

There have been 77 recoveries and 4 deaths in Dauphin since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:   
•    38 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region 
•    27 cases in the Northern health region    
•    34 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region    
•    30 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region 
•    431 cases in the Winnipeg health region

There have been 5,210 variant cases in the province, 1,974 of which are active.

Prairie Mountain Health has had 480 variant cases, 367 of the B.1.1.7. strain, one of the B.1.3.5.1. strain, and 112 unspecified.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12 percent provincially and 14.4 percent in Winnipeg.

There are 4,046 active cases and 38,652 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

The total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 in the province is now at 1,002.

There are 183 people in hospital with active COVID-19 and 57 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 240 hospitalizations.  

There are 49 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 and 13 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 62 ICU patients. 

According to the province’s data, there are active cases of COVID-19 in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (26), Riding Mountain (6), Swan River (2), Porcupine Mountain (28), Agassiz Mountain (62), Asessippi (15), Little Saskatchewan (39), Whitemud (19). Brandon has 97 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 23 active cases of COVID-19. The Fisher/Peguis health district has 9 active cases.

The Manitoba government has come to an agreement with Xplornet Communications Inc. to provide more than 125,000 unserved or underserved Manitobans with high-speed internet.

Premier Brian Pallister and Central Services Minister Reg Hewler held a press conference today to announce the agreement.

This will provide broadband services to nearly 30 First Nations, and  270 rural and northern communities in the province.

Communities receiving cellular service include Eriksdale, Peguis,  Fisher Branch, Neepawa,  Riding Mountain, Sandy Lake, Waywayseecappo, Clear Lake, Alonsa, Bowsman,  Dauphin, Erickson, Grandview, Glenella, Minnedosa, Minitonas, McCreary, Ochre River, Ditch Lake, Birtle, Onanole, and more.

A full list of communities receiving services can be found here.

As southern Manitoba experiences extremely dry conditions, the province has issued a number of travel restrictions to prevent wildfires.

These restrictions include all provincial parks south of the 53rd parallel and the Duck Mountain Provincial forest.

The area of travel restrictions is bordered by PR 302 to PTH 12 to PR 317 to PTH 59 and PR 319 on the west, all the way to the Ontario border, and from the U.S. border north to the Dauphin River and Berens River.

In southwest Manitoba, restrictions cover the area from PTH 10 and PR 268 on the west, north to Lake Winnipegosis to PR 327 to the south shore of Cedar Lake and north shore of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Winnipeg on the east, and south to PR 271 to Lake Winnipegosis (south shore) to Lake Manitoba (north shore) to Lake St. Martin/Dauphin River and Dauphin River to Berens River and now also includes the Duck Mountain Provincial forest.

A map of these restricted areas can be found here.

Level 2 travel restrictions include the following:
• motorized backcountry travel, including ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is prohibited unless under the authority of a travel permit
• camping is restricted to developed campgrounds
• campfires are permitted only between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
• wayside parks remain open
• landing and launching is restricted to developed shorelines only
• industry and outfitters should contact local Conservation and Climate offices for more information

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The Countryfest Community Cinema is celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a new membership campaign.

Ron Suchoplas, General Manager at the Countryfest Community Cinema, says those who sign up to be a member will receive in-theatre perks once they can safely open.

“So the individual one is $150 a year and that’ll give them one movie ticket every month for a full year to the theatre. The couple one is $275, that’ll give two movie tickets every month for a whole year, and the family one – if it fits their family for two adults and two children – is good for four tickets every month for a year.”

The cinema is holding a drive-thru-style event to collect membership pledges and donations on Friday, May 14th. You can take part by dropping your pledges off at the parking lot behind the cinema from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Suchoplas says they’re looking to raise between $150,000 to $200,000.

“We’re looking to hit that and that way it’ll give us a bit of a cushion to cover our operating costs while we’re closed and have a little bit of cash at the end to do some minor repairs or upgrades as they come about.”

For more information about the event, click here.

Henderson Elementary School will be closed on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Public Health Officials notified the school of positive cases of COVID-19 at the school. 

School officials are now waiting for Public Health Officials to finish their investigation to determine the next step. 

Emergency crews were on scene of a two-vehichle collision in Dauphin.

On Wednesday, May 12th, RCMP, EMS, and Fire Crews responded to a report of an incident on Main Street and 7th avenue NW in the city.

Main street between 6th and 7th avenue was blocked off for a short period, but all roadways have re-opened to regular traffic.

No injuries have been reported.

The Gilbert Plains – Grandview Ag Society have announced that they’re going to postpone this year’s Annual Fair and Rodeo due to COVID-19.

The fair and rodeo was set to take place in July.

Ag Society President, Kevin Boese says it was a very hard decision to make.

“Due to the circumstances we just are unable to pull everything together in this short amount of time. Even if things would open up unfortunately we kind of ran out of time, so we had to make the hard call and postpone it once again.”

The Ag Society is still hoping to host a parade this year, and will make that decision on June 10th.

Boese wants to thank the Ag Society’s sponsors and volunteers for their support.

“It takes a lot of volunteers to get something like this going. It’s probably more disappointing for the volunteers and the people who put it on than for anyone else.”

Boese hopes next year they can have their best fair and rodeo yet.

Riding Mountain National Park staff is advising that areas in the park will be closed while staff conduct prescribed burns.

The areas affected include Compound East Trail, Arrowhead Trail, Lake Katherine, Katherine Road, and day-use areas, and Loon Island Trail.

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Photo Courtesy: Riding Mountain National Park Facebook Page

Park staff ask that you avoid the area during these prescribed fires.

 Violators may be charged under the National Parks Regulations: maximum fine of $5000.

Vaccination efforts are ramping up in the province, as 46.8 percent of Manitobans over the age of 18 have had their first dose of the vaccine.

Today public health officials announced 364 new cases of COVID-19, and three deaths in the province.

Today’s deaths are from a female in her 50s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, a man in his 60s from the Winnipeg Health region, and a man in his 70s from the Interlake-Eastern Health region.

‘All deaths were linked to variants of concern.

The total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 in the province is now at 1,000.

Dauphin now has 18 active cases.

There have been 74 recoveries and 3 deaths in Dauphin since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:   
•    50 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region 
•    10 cases in the Northern health region    
•    34 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region    
•    47 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region 
•    223 cases in the Winnipeg health region

There have been 4,822 variant cases in the province, 1,828 of which are active.

Prairie Mountain Health has had 449 variant cases, 348 of the B.1.1.7. strain, one of the B.1.3.5.1. strain, and 100 unspecified.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.1 percent provincially and 14.4 percent in Winnipeg.

There are 3,940 active cases and 38,203 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 162 people in hospital with active COVID-19 and 59 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 221 hospitalizations.  

There are 50 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 and 12 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 62 ICU patients. 

According to the province’s data, there are active cases of COVID-19 in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (18), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (2), Porcupine Mountain (60), Agassiz Mountain (66), Asessippi (15), Little Saskatchewan (43), Whitemud (19). Brandon has 99 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 23 active cases of COVID-19. The Fisher/Peguis health district has 11 active cases.

The province has lowered the age eligibility for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to all Manitobans aged 18 and older.

First doses of the AstraZeneca/Covisheild will continue to be administered, but only to people who might not otherwise be immunized at other sites. Most doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will now be held for second-dose immunizations only, so people who have received their first dose of this vaccine will be able to receive their second dose within the recommended time frame.

The province says people will be able to begin booking second-dose appointments for all COVID-19 vaccines on May 22. 

Medical clinics and pharmacies will contact people who received their AstraZeneca/Covishield vaccine at these locations to book second doses, which are likely to begin in June.

There are currently supersites in Dauphin, Steinbach, Gimli, Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Selkirk, and Morden.

Vaccine pop-up clinics are being held in Swan River, Neepawa, Shoal Lake, and Russell next week. You can find a full schedule for those clinics here. 

Appointments can be made at a vaccine supersite or pop-up clinic in the province by calling 1-844-626-8222.

To date, 591,497 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba.