The Manitoba government is announcing some changes to a support program that provides payments to small and medium-sized businesses affected by the lockdown.

The province first announced the Manitoba Bridge Grant on Nov. 10, to provide $5,000 up-front to businesses, not-for-profits and charities directly impacted by the lockdown — and expanded the program on Dec. 8 to support home-based businesses.

The application deadline to apply for the Manitoba Bridge Grant has now been extended to January 31, said premier Brian Pallister on Tuesday morning.

Eligible businesses applying to the Manitoba Bridge Grant for the first time will be entitled to a one-time payment of $10,000.

To date, the program has paid approximately $104 million to 10,740 eligible applicants.

More information about the Manitoba Bridge Grant is available here.

Businesses that require assistance in completing the online form can contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).

A total of $76,902 in COVID-19 fines were issued to Manitoban’s last week.

Of the 48 tickets in total, 6 were handed to Manitoba businesses, 33 to individuals, and 8 to people who failed to wear a mask in an indoor public place.

COVID-19 fines are set at $5,000 for businesses, $1,296 for individuals, and $298 for not wearing a mask where necessary.

Officials advise that 22 of the 33 $1,296 tickets issued last week were in relation to private gatherings.

The federal government has reached an agreement with Pfizer to buy 20 million more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This brings the total amount of vaccine doses to arrive in Canada, in 2021, to 80 million.

With the Moderna vaccine doses, this is enough to vaccinate every single Canadian.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we’re on track to vaccinate every Canadian that wants one, by September.

A few days ago, it was announced the government chose not to buy 16 million more doses of Moderna’s vaccine, but those doses wouldn’t have made it to Canada until late 2021.

Habitat for Humanity’s Meaning of Home contest is back again and the Dauphin Chapter is requesting local participation.

Last year saw a record 216 submissions from our area and a National runner up in grade 4 student, Tiana Sanko, from Gilbert Plains.

As an incentive to take part, the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce has donated $200 of Chamber bucks to go out to four lucky participating students and four participating classrooms. 

Every entry to the contest earns a $10 donation for their local chapter.

The contest, which is for students in grades 4, 5 and 6, asks the students to share what home means to them through a poem or short essay.

A grand prize winner from each grade will receive a $30,000 grant for their local chapter and then 3 runners-up from each grade will get $10,000. The contest runs until February 19th and submissions can be made by clicking here.

Swan River RCMP are investigating after a house fire in the hamlet of Renwer yesterday.

On Sunday, Jan. 10 at around 12:40 a.m., police responded to the fire about 15 km east of Minatonas.

Once the fire was brought under control, firefighters entered the home and found unidentified human remains.

There were no other injuries and the fire appears to be accidental.

Swan River RCMP continue to investigate.

RCMP are sharing photos of a moose spotted in the town of Neepawa yesterday.

The two to three-year-old female was seen snacking on the local fare on the corner of Tupper Avenue and Elizabeth Street.

Local RCMP and Manitoba Conservation officers safely escorted her out of town.

Dr. Brent Roussin announced 133 new cases and 3 deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday.

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer also spoke to ongoing improvements in the accuracy of the "active case number" statistic. 

On Sunday, there were 4,792 active cases reported by the province — that number is now down to 3,414 as the province works to catch up to the delay in clearing old cases to the “recovered” column.

One of the deaths announced today is a man in his 80s at the McCreary/Alonsa Health Centre in Prairie Mountain Health. The other two are a man in his 60s from the Northern health region and a woman in her 80s from Winnipeg.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10% provincially and 8.8% in Winnipeg. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 26,450.

The province is reporting 3,414 active cases and 22,295 individuals listed as recovered from COVID-19.

There are 162 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 154 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (316 hospitalizations in total).

There are 21 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 16 people who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care (37 ICU patients in total).

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 741.

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

According to the province’s data, there are active cases in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (6, down from 8), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (0, down from 1), Porcupine Mountain (72), Duck Mountain (5), Asessippi (6), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (3), and Agassiz Mountain (42). Brandon has 65 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 56 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 39.

Over the weekend the province continued to expand the list of who’s eligible to receive the vaccine against COVID-19.

Some paramedics, home-care workers, and workers at COVID test sites and immunization clinics will now be able to book an appointment to be immunized.

As of Sunday afternoon, 9,498 vaccine doses have been administered in Manitoba. 

Manitoba has received a total of 22,230 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with another 9,360 doses expected to arrive this week. About one-third of that shipment will be used in Brandon at the new supersite opening on Jan. 18 at the Keystone Centre.

So far Manitoba has received 7,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine — with 5,300 doses being allocated for First Nations priority groups.

All of the remaining Moderna doses will be used to support the immunization campaign at personal care homes which begins this week.

The Member of Parliament for Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa says he’s advocating for Legion Branches that have been hit hard by the COVID situation.

Dan Mazier tells CKDM that Legions play an integral role in Canada, especially in rural communities.

In a social media post, Mazier announced the Minnedosa Legion will be receiving $11,000 in financial support from Veteran’s Affairs Canada.

A total of $14-million will be distributed to Legion Branches across the country while they struggle with operating costs as a result of COVID.

Branches had until December 7 to submit their funding applications.

“They lost all their ability to have gatherings, to have lotteries or any of that kind of stuff — and I think going forward they need to be part of the recovery plan as well. I certainly will keep advocating to support of Legions,” said Mazier.

Mazier calls the financial relief “a small price to pay to save these institutions, especially when you consider the price paid by those members who served our country.”

“The smaller the community, the more important they are.”

He calls the funding for Legion Branches a good news story, but also a reminder that so many branches are going through a difficult time.

Mazier says he wants to make sure Legions aren’t forgotten in the nationwide recovery, post-COVID.

Health officials in Manitoba have reported 151 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths due to the virus.

All five deaths announced Sunday are women over the age of 70 from the Winnipeg health region.  Four are related to outbreaks at healthcare facilities.

On Friday, the current restrictions were extended by two weeks until Jan. 22 — a move health officials say is related to concerns over holiday gatherings that took place against public health advice.

“We know a relatively high number of Manitobans that did gather [over the holidays],” says Dr. Brent Roussin, adding “they had no intent to transmit this virus — but you can’t avoid this virus when you gather. When you gather, this is what we see.”

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10% provincially and 9.2% in Winnipeg. The total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 26,317.

There are 4,792 active cases and 20,850 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 239 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 83 people in hospital who are no longer infectious but continue to require care (322 hospitalizations in total).

There are 32 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as four 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 738.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region
• 44 cases in the Northern health region
• 10 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
• 14 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
• 73 cases in the Winnipeg health region

According to the province’s data, there are active cases in the following Parkland health districts: Dauphin (8), Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (1), Porcupine Mountain (72), Duck Mountain (3), Asessippi (6), Little Saskatchewan (5), Whitemud (3), and Agassiz Mountain (39). Brandon has 58 active cases.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 56 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 43.

Public health advise Manitobans to stay home when experiencing even the mildest of cold/flu-like symptoms, and seek guidance on whether or not to get tested.

Public health officials have announced 203 new cases of COVID-19 and seven more deaths this afternoon.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 54 cases in the Northern health region;
• 38 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 19 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 85 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

In Dauphin, the active case number has dropped by one compared to yesterday, to eight.

Throughout the Parkland there are active cases in Riding Mountain (3), Swan River (2), Porcupine Mountain (72), Duck Mountain (2), Asessippi (8), Little Saskatchewan (5), Whitemud (3), and Agassiz Mountain (32).

Brandon has 59 active cases and an outbreak has been declared at the Samaritan House Ministry Safe and Warm Shelter in the city. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 51 active cases, while Fisher/Peguis has 43. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is down from yesterday, 9.9 per cent provincially and 9.4 per cent in Winnipeg.

The total number of cases in Manitoba is 26,166, while the provincial data shows the active cases are at 4,664 and 20,769 people have recovered.

229 people are in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 84 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 313 hospitalizations.

There are 33 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as four people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 37 ICU patients;

The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 733.

Public health officials have announced seven more deaths due to COVID-19.

  • a male in his 50s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
  • a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region
  • a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region
  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Deer Lodge Centre
  • a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Oakview Place Personal Care Home