The death toll from the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre is now at three.

A man in his 80s is the third death announced this week after an outbreak was declared at the facility on January 7th.

There have been 42 total cases associated with this outbreak, which includes 14 staff and 28 “non-staff” according to the province.


Improvements Noted In The Test Positivity Rate

Health officials announced 158 new cases and 5 deaths on Wednesday.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.6% provincially and 7.4% in Winnipeg. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 26,695.

The provincial data also shows 2,928 active cases and 23,014 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 119 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 170 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (289 hospitalizations total).

There are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care (36 ICU patients total).

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 753.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
•    70 cases in the Northern health region
•    12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
•    eight cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
•    61 cases in the Winnipeg health region

According to the province’s data, there are active cases in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (6), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (0), Porcupine Mountain (62), Duck Mountain (4), Asessippi (7), Little Saskatchewan (2), Whitemud (4), and Agassiz Mountain (43). Brandon has 68 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 59 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 41.

Public health officials advise five additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a male in his 50s from the Northern health region
• a male in his 80s from Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Southeast Personal Care Home
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre

An initiative by the provincial government is offering the Best Western Plus in Dauphin a $4.1 million tax rebate.

MLA for Dauphin Brad Michaleski says the PC government’s Manitoba Works Capital Incentive (MWCI) helps grow the provincial economy and also create opportunities in the Parkland.

“This incentive worked for Best Western and it worked for Dauphin. Hopefully, it’s the start of more positive investments to come,” said Michaleski.

The $4.1 million incentive rebates the incremental education property taxes generated by a project for up to 20 years.

“We most certainly appreciate the investment by Best Western Dauphin for making this very important and worthy investment here in the Parkland.”

A similar announcement was made in June of 2020 regarding Dauphin’s Vermillion Growers.

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for parts of southwest Manitoba.

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 90 km/h overnight. Damage to buildings, roof shingles, and windows may occur.

Strong winds are expected to diminish by Thursday morning.

The warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • Hamiota Mun. incl. McConnell and Lavinia
  • Mun. of Clanwilliam-Erickson
  • Mun. of Harrison Park incl. Onanole Sandy Lake and Newdale
  • Prairie View Mun. incl. Bird Tail Creek Res.
  • R.M. of Minto-Odanah incl. Minnedosa and Moore Park
  • R.M. of Oakview incl. Oak River and Rapid City
  • R.M. of Rosedale incl. Eden and Kelwood
  • R.M. of Yellowhead incl. Shoal Lake and Elphinstone
  • R.M.of Ellice-Archie incl. St-Lazare McAuley and Manson
  • Riding Mountain Nat. Park
  • Rossburn Mun. incl. Waywayseecappo Res.

The hours of operation for Roblin’s emergency department are being increased by Prairie Mountain Health.

There will be 24-hour emergency department services on weekends at the Roblin District Health Centre, starting Saturday, Jan. 16.

The emergency department will now be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 24-hour service on weekends.

Roblin’s emergency department was temporarily closed by Prairie Mountain Health for about three months in late 2020 due to staffing shortages.

Just before 10:30 a.m. yesterday, the Dauphin Fire Department responded to an apartment complex.

Fire alarms were sounding in the complex, located on 6th Ave. SE in Dauphin.

After the investigation, the DFD says it was a false alarm caused by cigarette smoke in the hallway.

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) says Dauphin’s Dialysis Unit is nearing maximum capacity after the hiring of two additional staff members.

34 of 36 dialysis treatment spaces are in operation at the Dauphin Hospital and PMH anticipates the Unit to be at maximum capacity within the next month.

The two staff members finished their remote specialized learning courses towards the end of 2020 and now work in the Unit.

PMH adds that the Dialysis Unit will be getting another training spot and it’ll open in the spring. This training session takes 9 weeks.

Before going to Dauphin for treatment, all patients start hemodialysis at Winnipeg or Brandon through the Manitoba Renal Program (MRP).

After that, MRP assesses patients to receive treatment at a local renal health centre or rural dialysis unit in or near their community.

If there’s no available space, patients are put on a waiting list for the unit and are notified and assessed when a space becomes available in the requested unit.

A local disability advocate says he was forced to leave a Walmart for not wearing a mask, despite his mask-wearing exemption under public health guidelines.

Alex Lytwyn from Winnipegosis lives with Cerebral Palsy, and posted a Youtube video detailing his experience on December 16th at the Dauphin Walmart.

Shortly after entering the store, Alex explains he was approached by two security guards who insisted he put on a mask or leave.

Under Manitoba public health orders and Walmart Canada policies, Alex is exempt from having to wear a mask in store, as he’s unable to remove or put one on without assistance due to his disability.

After some back and forth with the security guards and speaking to the manager, Alex ultimately left the store. He says similar experiences he’s had during the pandemic have left him feeling hurt.

“It’s not so much my physical health, it’s my mental health that’s taking a toll. When I go out in public, people who don’t know me see me without a mask and shy away from me. I can feel them looking at me like, ‘why doesn’t he have a mask?’”.

Alex — who has written two books and has plans to launch an at-home business — doesn’t want his disability to define him.

“Ever since I was a little boy, I tried to present myself and not my disability.”

A statement from a Walmart spokesperson regarding the incident on Dec. 16 reads “we take issues of this nature very seriously and we are currently looking into the matter.”

The Canada-U.S. border is set to remain closed until at least February 21st.

Under the restrictions, all non-essential travel is prohibited; however trade and commerce are exempt.

The closure was put into effect back in March and has been extended since.

Christian Laughland has been named Deputy Mayor after City Council elected him on Tuesday. 

Laughland has been a councillor for about two and a half years after he was elected back in October of 2018.

"It's a big honour for me. Dauphin is a great place," said Laughland. "2020 wasn't very nice to the City of Dauphin, but I think all other councillors and our Mayor would agree with me when I say we're ready to move forward in 2021."

Christian arrived in Dauphin back in February of 2010 and he was the Sports Director at 730CKDM until May of 2016.

He would join the Dauphin Kings as their Director of Marketing and Media Relations in 2016 and since that; he has been promoted to the team's Director of Business Operations. He lives with his wife and newborn child in town and he says being a part of this community has been special to him.

"Dauphin continues to grow. We have so many great venues and attractions," said Laughland. "We're centralized which is nice with many destinations not far from us. We also have a lot of great people, Dauphin has everything."

As we're nearly two weeks into 2021, Laughland says exciting things are on the way for the City of Sunshine after a tough 2020.

A man charged in the 2018 shooting of an RCMP officer near Onanole has died in custody.

Tommy Beaulieu was serving a sentence at Stony Mountain Institution at the time of his death.

There have been no details from Corrections Canada about how Beaulieu died, but there will be a review of the circumstances around his death.

Beaulieu pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, among other charges, and was one of four men arrested after RCMP corporal Graeme Kingdon was shot while responding to a break and enter in Onanole in August 2018.

Health officials reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 and 8 deaths due to the virus.

An outbreak has been declared at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin, and the site has been moved to red on the Pandemic Response System.

One of those deaths announced Tuesday is at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre — a woman in her 70s.

On Monday, Dr. Brent Roussin looked ahead to the future of Manitoba's vaccination campaign, saying he wants Manitobans to get the shot as soon as they're eligible so things can get back to normal.

"We can’t get back to normal unless we’re getting close to that herd immunity number.”

As of Monday afternoon, around 339,000 Canadians had received the first vaccine dose —  less than 1% of the population.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.1% provincially and 8.4% in Winnipeg.

The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 26,540.

The data also shows 3,100 active cases and 22,692 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 138 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 164 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (302 hospitalizations in total).

There are 21 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care (35 ICU patients in total).

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 748. Due to a data error, one death reported earlier by the province — a woman in Winnipeg — has been removed. Health officials are confirming individual is still alive.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
•    nine case in the Northern health region
•    22 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
•    eight cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
•    44 cases in the Winnipeg health region

According to the province’s data, there are active cases in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (7), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (0), Porcupine Mountain (67), Duck Mountain (4), Asessippi (7), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (4), and Agassiz Mountain (44). Brandon has 66 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 57 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 40.

Public health officials advise eight additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
· a female in her 80s from the Interlake-Eastern health region
· a male in his 50s from the Northern health region
· a female in her 70s from Prairie Mountain Health and linked to the outbreak at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre
· a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home
· a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region
· a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region
· a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg
· a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home