One new case of COVID-19 has been identified by public health officials in Tuesday's update.

Today’s case is a woman in her 20’s from the Winnipeg health region.

The total number of confirmed and probable cases is now 325.

There are 18 active cases in Manitoba, and 300 people have recovered from COVID-19. The number of deaths remains at 7.

There have been a total of 26 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The province is reminding all Manitobans to celebrate Canada Day safely, and to be mindful of public health guidelines and social distancing. That includes routine hand washing, covering your cough, and staying home if you’re sick.

With Canada Day being celebrated on Wednesday, July 1, Prairie Mountain Health is advising the COVID testing sites in Dauphin, Brandon, and Swan River will be closed for the holiday. They reopen with regular hours on Thursday, July 2.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, click here.

Road closures and extensive clean-up is the reality today for some parts of southwestern Manitoba, after a wave of severe thunderstorms hit the region over the weekend.

Road Closures
Earlier on Tuesday morning, a section of Highway 10 in Brandon between Highway 1 and Highway 25 was closed because of flooding. It has since reopened.

There are also several road closures northwest of Minnedosa on Highway 262, between PTH 16A and PR 265, as crews repair damages to bridges.

You can check out the Manitoba Road Report for an updated list of road closures.


The 155 mm of rainfall in Brandon on Sunday night set a new record for the city. 
Minnedosa was also hit hard by storms, with some areas in the town getting 150 mm of rain — resulting in 24 people having to evacuate from their homes.

We’ve also seen several rural municipalities declare local states of emergency — including Oakview, where a tornado touched down Sunday night in Rapid City.

The RM of Clanwilliam-Erickson has also declared a state of emergency, as overland flooding from Sunday's storms completely washed out some roads in the area.

Looking ahead to the next 48 hours, another weather system in the forecast could bring 80 to 150 mm of more rain in southwest and western Manitoba, and eastern Saskatchewan.

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for some areas of Southwest Manitoba.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, large hail, and torrential rain.

The affected areas include:

  • Riding Mountain Nat. Park
  • Wasagaming
  • Brandon-Neepawa-Carberry-Treherne
  • Shoal Lake
  • Minnedosa

There is currently a flood warning and high water advisory for the southwest, western and central regions of Manitoba.

More to come.

A grade 4 student from Gilbert Plains has earned the Dauphin Chapter of Habitat for Humanity a sizable donation.

Tiana Sanko participated in ‘The Meaning of Home’ national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity. 

Her entry secured a $10,000 donation for the Dauphin chapter of the organization.

Tiana’s grant will be used to build homes for low-income families.

Rodney Juba, chair of the Dauphin Chapter, tells us there’s a special announcement coming from the local Habitat for Humanity organization sometime soon.

Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre is issuing a flood warning and high water advisory for the southwest, western and central regions of Manitoba.

In the past 24 hours, the Assiniboine River watershed — including areas in Brandon and Minnedosa — has seen about 155 millimetres of precipitation.

Looking ahead to the next 48 hours, another weather system in the forecast could bring 80 to 150 mm of more rain in southwest and western Manitoba, and eastern Saskatchewan.

The rain in the forecast could create more overland flooding in southwest and western Manitoba.

Property owners are advised to take precautions as water levels could quickly rise significantly in these areas.

On Monday, the Manitoba government also issued an extended heat warning for southern and central regions of the province.

The forecast is calling for high temperatures for the next week, with some areas potentially getting extreme heat for three to four days.

They say the heat poses the greatest risks to older adults, people with chronic illness, and people living alone.

Following a successful 2019, Dauphin Co-op is announcing $1.12 million in share redemptions to their member-owners. 

General Manager of Dauphin Co-op Lorne Eiffert says the successful 2019 campaign allowed them to invest in new facilities, and invest $139,000 to community initiatives.

Joan Chetyrbok, Marketing/Member Relations Manager, explains that because of restrictions in place due to COVID, Dauphin Co-op will be mailing the cheques this year instead of holding Equity Days.

Over 6,000 cheques totalling more than $886,000 in equity will be mailed out and members can expect to receive their cheque in the mail in July.

Following a weekend with a total of 4 new cases, public health officials advise there have been 2 new cases of COVID-19 identified Monday.

The total number of probable and confirmed cases is now 324.

Monday’s two cases are a woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s — both from the Winnipeg health region.

There are no Manitobans in hospital because of the virus, and there are 17 active cases province-wide. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

There have been a total of 26 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

With Canada Day approaching on Wednesday, July 1, Prairie Mountain Health is advising the COVID testing sites — in Dauphin, Brandon, and Swan River — will be closed for the holiday. They will reopen with regular hours on Thursday, July 2.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, click here.

A Manitoba First Nations Police Service (MFNPS) K-9 Unit named CETO is getting credit for assisting in two arrests last week.

On Thursday, June 25th, MFNPS officers arrived at Sandy Bay First Nation after being alerted to a hit and run involving a suspect who was already wanted on a pre-existing warrant for assault, forcible confinement, and failure to comply with court orders.

Officers located the suspect on an ATV, who then ran away on foot. Officers warned the suspect they would deploy CETO, at which point the suspect surrendered.

The 21-year-old man from Sandy Bay First Nation was arrested on his outstanding warrants. The hit and run investigation is ongoing.

Later that same day, police were informed that a suspect wanted on multiple warrants was seen driving onto the Sandy Bay First Nation.

Police tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle sped off towards a home, before the driver exited the car and ran.

The K-9 handler yelled 2 warnings to the suspect, before releasing CETO from the back of the police car. The suspect was quickly apprehended and arrested after a 500-metre chase.

MFNPS Ceto HAndler

The 28-year-old man is facing charges for fleeing from police, resisting arrest, and driving while prohibited.

With these 2 arrests, CETO now has a total of 7 apprehensions for the month of June.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain on Sunday have resulted in flooding at the basement level at Brandon Regional Health Centre (General Centre).

Several departments were impacted, including the pharmacy, materials management, medical device reprocessing (MDR) and nutrition services.

Scheduled surgeries and endoscopy procedures are cancelled for today, as a result of water damage in the medical device reprocessing area.

In a release from Prairie Mountain Health, we learned that staff worked through the night to clean up the water and minimize the damage. Those clean up efforts will continue today.

On Sunday afternoon, Manitoba Infrastructure’s Hydrologic Forecast Centre issued an advisory, saying the next 3 to 4 days could bring up to 75 to 100 millimetres of rain — adding that areas in southwest Manitoba — including Virden and Brandon — could see up to 175 millimetres of rain during this time.

Yesterday’s thunderstorms and heavy rain have caused the RM of Oakview, west of Minnedosa, to declare a state of emergency.

The RM, which includes Oak River, Cardale, and Rapid City, saw somewhere in the region of 150 mm of rain get dumped into the area.

Environment Canada is even trying to confirm if a tornado touched down in the Rapid City area.

A home in Rapid City saw the force of the storm; extensive damage was done to the inside and outside of the home, and dozens of trees have been uprooted.

According to Scott Kehler with Weatherlogics, the amount of rain received in Brandon Sunday evening is equivalent to the total amount of precipitation that Brandon received from January 17 to June 27 this year.

Highway 10, south of the Highway 45 junction is closed because of flooding.

In Dauphin, water pooled up in several streets and ditches.

Flooding In Dauphin June 2020

The Vermillion Park Campground in Dauphin officially reopens today, but Dauphin Recreation Services say the campground will be operating at a limited capacity for now.

Rec Services ask that only self-sufficient campers book reservations for the time being, as they are only keeping washroom and shower facilities open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The campground will be following the provincial government guidelines.

To inquire about a reservation, click here, or call 204-622-2125. For more information about the Vermillion Park Campground, click here.