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COVID-19 UPDATES
Municipality of Russell Binscarth
 
March 27, 2020 
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier 

As time goes by, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Manitoba, bringing the total as of yesterday to 36.  I am sure that as this progresses, everyone is tired of hearing ‘self isolation’, ‘social distancing’, hand washing, and staying at home, yet these practises remain the first line of defense to slowing the spread.  Please keep practicing these measures.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. The signs and symptoms can range from mild to severe.  Mild symptoms can include sore throat, cough, fever, and cold.  The severe symptoms are shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.  Stomach flu is not a symptom.  If you are experiencing symptoms, please take the online screening test at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/.

I thought I would give a brief explanation of self isolation and self distancing.  Self isolation is the 14 day required precaution if you have travelled internationally, (although interprovincial travel is now becoming a growing concern as is community spread), or have come in contact with someone who is positive for or has been directly exposed to COVID-19.  Social distancing is just that - keeping 6 feet between yourself and others, keeping face to face conversations to less than 10 minutes, and avoiding direct contact such as shaking hands, etc. This does not mean that you have to stay in your house at all times, just be very aware of others when you are outside.   Carriers of the illness do not always show symptoms.  Manitoba Health web sites have a more in-depth explanation.
 
The Russell Office has adjusted its hours of business for the time being.   It will be closed over the lunch hour (12:00 to 1:00) and will be open from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.  We still encourage you to do as much business as possible via telephone, mail, e-mail, etc.  Public works continue to work regular hours and have also begun to thaw culverts. 
 
On a much more positive note, several months ago the Provincial government announced a grant for municipalities for Flood and Emergency Preparedness.  MRB applied and yesterday, via telephone, Minister Squires and Minister Schuller informed us that we did receive funding for the purchase of a mobile generator and tiger tubes. 
 
Thank You to everyone for your ongoing support and understanding. 
 
March 25, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier 
 
At present the COVID-19 situation in our area has not changed since my last notice.  There are no confirmed cases in our area but precautions and diligence need to remain high. There are cases being reported that have spread from community to community with no international travel and because of this, the Manitoba Provincial Government and  Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (formerly known as the Department of Highways) are in the process of putting up signs on all major inter-provincial roads at or near the Provincial borders.  These signs will enforce the need to not travel out of province.  Those who work cross border or are essential services are exempt but any "social" travel is not recommended.Please practice all guidelines set out by Manitoba Health, as it is now proven that children are at risk as well.  With that in mind, we ask that the use of outdoor playgrounds and parks be stopped.  Please do not let children play on any playground structures as these are impossible to sanitize as necessary.At present, the Russell Municipal office is open with restrictions. Please do as much business as possible via telephone, e-banking, mail, etc.  Due to staffing, the hours may be decreased.  The office will close at 4:00 today and through lunch hour.   Please refer to the website www.russellbinscarth.com for updated office hours.
Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and for doing your part in this serious situation.  
 

 March 23, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier

Another week begins with no end in sight for COVID-19.Although there has not been a confirmed case in our area, the risk remains high. Manitoba now has a confirmed case of a traveller who was in British Columbia, thus making a concern for inter-provincial travel.Perhaps one of the biggest concerns is that, like any lengthy situation, people tend to become less vigilant about it as time goes on. We all take great care at first but as nothing impacts us personally, we tend to " let our guard down”. This is the worst thing we can do with COVID-19. We are not a society where social distancing and self-isolations are practised and it is difficult to do. However, for the safety of ourselves and all those around us we must continue to follow the guidelines set out by Manitoba Health.I want to thank all of you who are taking all necessary precautions. To the businesses who have altered their hours or services, thank you. I realize the hardship and strain that these businesses are under. Please continue to support them as much as we are able. To those on the front lines and working to maintain services, thank you. The Municipal office is still open but we encourage to do as much as possible by phone. If you must come to the office, a table has been set up in front of the main desk to assist in the distancing and we are allowing only one person at a time in the office.The future of our municipality depends on our vigilance and caution. Social distancing, self-isolation, good hand washing, and staying at home remain the best defense. COVID-19 is not going away soon.
Call Manitoba Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 or 1-204-788-8200 or access www.sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19 for questions or concerns. 
 
 
 March 20, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier

 
As the Corona Virus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Municipality of Russell Binscarth is monitoring the situation closely.  I have been posting daily updates on both the Municipality web page and my personal Municipality Facebook page and will continue to do so as information comes forward.  For those who don't have access to these, I will give a brief overview.I have spoken several times to Prairie Mountain Health, who assured me that there are no confirmed cases in our region.  Prairie Mountain Health has set up a testing station in Brandon and may set up sites in other areas however, there are not enough test kits available to do this at present.  PMH has placed visitor restrictions on both long term and acute care facilities so if you are planning to visit please call ahead. I attended by conference call a meeting with the Provincial Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living and the Provincial Minister of Municipal Relations. There have been daily meetings, via either conference call or Skype, with Municipal Relations regarding recommendations for ongoing business procedures within the Municipality. I also have spoken at length with Emergency Measures regarding any further precautions we can do to further protect our citizens and staff.  They have assured us that we have already implemented what we needed to to.At present, the best steps each of us can do to help control the spread of this illness is social distancing (at least 2 meters apart and maximum contact of 10 minutes), disinfecting surfaces, and frequent hand washing.  If you have returned to Canada from another country or have been in an airport please self-isolate for 14 days.  If you should show symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath please stay home.  (Should these symptoms occur, contacting a professional health care provider is the best course of action.).  If you have questions or concerns,  do not go to the hospital, call health links at 1-888-315-9257 or 204-788-8200 or access www.sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19.At present, the Municipality of Russell Binscarth continues to offer all office and public works services. We have implemented  more rigorous cleaning measures, sanitization, and equipped staff with additional hygiene products.  We do ask that when possible call the office for information rather than stop in.  We realize that self isolation can be difficult.  We are looking at a system whereby, groceries etc. can be delivered to those in isolation.  If you are in this situation or would like to volunteer please call the office.I want to thank everyone for doing their part in this serious situation.  I will continue to provide updates as needed on the web page and Facebook page I mentioned at the beginning of this article.  Again if you have questions or are concerned call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 or 204-788-8200 or access www.sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19. 
 

 March 18, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier

Update on the Municipality of Russell Binscarth COVID -19 situation.I spoke again with Prairie Mountain Health who have assured me that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our region. There has been a testing station set up in Brandon and PMH may set up sites in different areas, however, there are not enough test kits needed to do this at present. Test sites are not Walk In, an appointment must be made through Health Links who will screen each call.We are having daily meetings, via Skype, with Municipal Relations regarding any ongoing business recommendations for the municipality. (Because of the need for social distancing, some of the procedures need to be revised.)I also spoke at length with Emergency Measure regarding any further precautions we can do to protect our citizens and staff. They have reassured us that we have already implemented what we needed to at present.Again, the most important step each of us can do to help control the spread of the COVID-19 is social distancing, self-isolation (especially if you have been out of the country) for 14 days, and good handwashing. Please stay at home if you are feeling ill.We are looking at a system whereby groceries, etc can be delivered to those in isolation by volunteers. We will keep you updated on this. If you are in this situation, or would like to volunteer, please call the office at 204-773-2253.Due to increased precautions, the Binscarth Office will only be open on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 for the immediate future. Also if you have not signed up for Connect (this is the emergency notification system that has replaced Code Red), please call the Russell Office to do so.If you have questions or concerns, please call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 or 1-204-788-8200 or access www.sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19.
 

 March 17, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier

Municipality of Russell Binscarth continues its monitoring on COVID-19. There have been no further confirmed cases since yesterday. However, the Manitoba government has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled. This will help with some degree of social distancing. Licensed Day cares will also be suspended as of March 20. As well, all Manitoba Casinos will be closed.If you have traveled internationally, please self- isolate for 14 days. This may be especially difficult for the "snow birds” as they return home after being away for an extended period of time. Getting family or friends to deliver groceries, etc is suggested. The absolute best practice in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing.For questions or if you have symptoms, please call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 or 1-204-788-8200. There is a new self assessment website as well, to assist with the many questions and volume of calls. This service can be accessed at www.sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19.
 
  
 March 16, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier 

As I stated yesterday in my notice, I want to provide current updates regarding COVID-19.I spoke this morning to Prairie Mountain Health’s manager of disaster emergency preparedness, who did relay that there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area. Manitoba has 7 cases, 5 in Winnipeg and 1 in the Eastern Interlake, all related to travel.  PMH has placed visitor restrictions on all long term care facilities and suspended activities at Personal Care Homes. PMH is also developing placements for testing stations. If you have questions, please do not go to the hospital, call health links at 1-888-315-9257 or 204-788-8200.  I also attended by conference call, a meeting this morning with the Provincial Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living and the Minister of Municipal Relations. At present, they continue to reinforce the need for people not to travel unless absolutely necessary, to practice social distancing (minimizing contact with others to less than 10 minutes and keeping 2 meters apart), disinfecting surfaces, and frequent and effective hand washing.  Only those who show symptoms are being tested. If you have returned to Canada from another country, please impose a 14 day self-isolation upon yourself if possible. MRB is cancelling meetings scheduled for the Brad Room effective March 17th. The GPB Hall will be closed until April 13th, 2020 and the Russell Memorial Multi Plex will close at 9:00 PM on March 21, 2020 (This includes all areas within the Multiplex).  Again, check the Manitoba Health website for more information or call MRB Office at (204) 773-2253.

 
 
 March 15, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier 
 
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Municipality of Russell Binscarth (MRB) is monitoring the situation closely.  The health and safety of our citizens and staff is our top priority.  We have been in contact with Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) and are following the recommendations of Manitoba Health.  (Visit the PMH website for detailed information.)

At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area, but we do ask everyone to exercise caution by avoiding travel and large crowds, and by staying at home, especially if experiencing fever, cough and shortness of breath.  (Should these symptoms occur, contacting a professional health care provider is the best course of action.). There is no need for panic but diligence is the best defense.  Good hand washing and social distancing is very important.  It is possible to be positive for this virus and not show symptoms.

For now, MRB continues to offer all office and public works services.  We have implemented more rigorous cleaning measures, sanitization and equipped staff with additional hygiene products.  With the closing of schools, child-care may become an issue for some of our employees and we will try to accommodate them if possible. Presently, we are not closing the office and hope this does not become a necessity.

As the situation unfolds, health and safety will continue to be of utmost importance.  Should it be deemed necessary, delays or interruptions in service may occur and we ask for your understanding and patience.  We will update you as needed.

For any further information please call the office at 204-773-2253.