Manitoba First Nations await confirmation of positive COVID-19 tests on reserves

Manitoba First Nations await confirmation of positive COVID-19 tests on reserves

Test has been sent to the provincial public health laboratory for confirmation

WINNIPEG — Some First Nations in Manitoba’s Interlake region are reporting members in their communities have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs had said in a recent statement posted on Facebook that there had been a total of 29 lab-confirmed and probable First Nations COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, but that so far all had been off-reserve.

However, Fisher River Cree Nation said on its website Friday that a community member tested positive after being exposed in Winnipeg and returning to Fisher River while asymptomatic.

The First Nation says the test has been sent to the provincial public health laboratory for confirmation.

Peguis First Nation, meanwhile, said on its website Friday that two people in the community who were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 have tested positive and that their samples will also be forwarded to the provincial public health laboratory for confirmation.

Indigenous Services Canada said on its website that as of Sept. 10, there had been 491 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves, but none on reserves in Manitoba.

“Fisher River Health Services have already conducted contact tracing and have contacted those who were in close contact with the individual. All the individuals are now in 14 day self-isolation and self-monitoring,” the statement on the community’s website said.

Peguis First Nation said the two people in its community who tested positive are already self-isolating, and that it will notify members if their positive tests are confirmed by the provincial lab.

“Peguis Public Health will continue contact tracing and advise any community members who may need to isolate. We will continue to keep members informed with any updates.”

Manitoba reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,410. A total of 283 of the cases remained active, and 16 people have died.

The province has advised of a “possible exposure” at Ecole New Era School in Brandon on Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where it says a person attended school for a limited time while asymptomatic. It says an investigation has determined the person did not acquire COVID-19 at school.

“The risk is deemed low as physical distancing was maintained while at school and a mask was worn,” the province said in its COVID-19 update Saturday.

Winnipeg, meanwhile, issued a statement Saturday about a bus passenger who has since tested positive for COVID-19. It said the person rode transit on multiple occasions between August 31 and September 2.

Winnipeg Transit began requiring the use of masks on August 29.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta reported an additional 1,980 cases of COVID-19 Friday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer adds 37th death from COVID-19, active cases drop

Alberta Health identified an additional 1,980 cases of the virus province-wide

A rodeo south of Bowden drew a huge crowd on May 1 and 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy Mom’s Diner’s Facebook page)
Kris Sturgess with Calgary Ghostbusters. (Photo from GoFundMe)
GoFundMe account salutes Red Deer prop builder

Kris Sturgess died unexpectedly April 28

The City of Red Deer says it has not implemented a curfew and will continue to explore options and do what is necessary based on provincial direction. (Advocate file photo).
COVID curfew not on Red Deer city council’s agenda

Red Deer creeping up to 1,000 COVID-19 cases

FILE - A firefighter wears a mask as he drives his truck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward, File
VIDEO: Flames rip through Edmonton-area seniors complex, but no fatalities

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex… Continue reading

Rona Ambrose is shown during an interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa, Thursday, May 18, 2017. New judges will have to commit to take training in sexual assault law, thanks to a new law that received royal assent last night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Judges’ sexual assault training bill receives royal assent after clearing the Senate

OTTAWA, Ohio — New judges will have to commit to take training… Continue reading

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks to a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday May 4, 2021. A broad coalition of MPs from all five parties wants the federal government to support waiving the global rules that guard vaccine trade secrets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
As MPs urge support, Trudeau demurs on whether government backs COVID-19 waiver

WASHINGTON — Justin Trudeau stopped well short Friday of endorsing efforts to… Continue reading

Workers perform ground preparations outside City Hall in Yellowknife on Monday, July 4, 2011. A recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Yellowknife is mostly affecting children and youth, the territory’s chief public health officer says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Most of Yellowknife’s COVID-19 cases are in children and youth: public health officer

YELLOWKNIFE — A health official in the Northwest Territories says a recent… Continue reading

Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A year after jobs data leak, StatCan resumes sharing advance numbers with officials

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada has resumed its practice of giving key federal… Continue reading

jobs - T - 3-6-2020
Job search: 10 ways to make your LinkedIn profile stand out in 2021

In 2021 successful job hunting requires having a LinkedIn profile that’s current… Continue reading

Max Parrot of Canada competes in the men’s snowboard big air final at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Parrot has won the Comeback of the Year honour at the Laureus World Sports Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot wins Laureus World Sports Award for comeback

Parrot beat out former Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith

Most Read