COVID-19 - Up One, Down One - Holds at 20

  • COVID-19 - Up One, Down One - Holds at 20

COVID-19 - Up One, Down One - Holds at 20

Research Manitoba is working with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) to invest in the Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity.

However, the measures taking effect April 1 are meant to reduce the financial uncertainty and stress for many Manitoba renters, Premier Brian Pallister said during a teleconference Tuesday.

"We look just like them".

"The Residential Tenancies Branch remains available to resolve urgent situations involving health and safety for landlords and tenants, which could include a landlord illegally shutting off utilities or locking tenants out of their rental unit, or a landlord dealing with a situation where a tenant is conducting illegal activities from their rental unit".

His government has moved to freeze rental rates and postpone all but the most urgent rent eviction cases until May.

The Opposition New Democrats have called on the province to go further and offer financial aid so that tenants can defer rent payments for up to six months.

"We're not announcing rent forgiveness today", said Pallister. He also said renters who have lost their jobs can draw on federal Employment Insurance.

"This approach balances the need to support renters experiencing economic hardship or who are self-isolating in their unit due to COVID-19 with those safety concerns", said Finance Minister Scott Fielding in a release.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep in-home health-care providers and our communities safe, new screening steps will be undertaken in advance of home and community visits.

"We know that is a really hard thing for those of you who have loved ones in hospital or a personal care home", said Lanette Siragusa, provincial lead, health system integration, quality/chief nursing officer for Shared Health.

All confirmed cases in Manitoba have been linked to recent travel, which Roussin said matches up with what was seen in the first provinces to find the disease.

To ensure the provincial laboratory is not stretched past capacity, the provincial government is limiting testing to people presenting symptoms of the disease who have recently travelled or spent time in close contact with someone who has travelled.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said there is still a testing backlog because of a lack of reagent, a substance added to tests that shows the presence of the virus.

"We were given the benefit of time on this, so we were able to implement many of our social distancing strategies before [community transmission] occurred".

"If we are still seeing community-based transmission then, we're going to act accordingly". Gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people, but most retail stores remain open.

Schools and daycares were also closed on Friday, though Roussin said they could remain closed longer than April 10 as originally designated.

Asked on Monday, Roussin said the province does not have a timeline of when some of the pandemic measures may be eased, but said they will be in place for the foreseeable future.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.