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March 23, 2020 

COVID-19 pandemic
We will be sending out a daily COVID-19 update during this time to ensure that Manitoba farmers have up to date information on the spread and scope of the pandemic. Our regular KAP Alert will continue to be published on Wednesday.
Manitobans are reminded to call Health Links (1-888-315-9257) should you believe you have come into contact with COVID-19. You do not need to be tested if you are not experiencing symptoms. At this time, Manitobans are best served by listening to public health professionals, enacting social distancing protocols, ensuring that handwashing is taking place regularly, and ensuring that adequate supplies are on-hand without hoarding or over purchasing. We will all get through this together.
 
Number of cases: 20 (confirmed and presumptive) as of Sunday March 22
 
Provincial state of emergency
Manitoba is under a province-wide state of emergency. This order limits public gatherings of 50 or more people, including retail businesses, hospitality premises like bars and restaurants, and the closure of all wellness facilities including gyms and fitness centres.
 
Screening tool
Shared Health’s online screening tool is available and is the recommended first step that Manitobans should take prior to calling Health Links or attempting to visit a doctor’s office. Click here to access the online screening tool.
 
Testing facilities
A reminder that all testing facilities are to be accessed by referral from Health Links. Testing facilities at this time are:
 
City Facility Address Hours of Operation
Winnipeg Access Fort Garry 135 Plaza Drive Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM;
Weekends, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Access Winnipeg West 280 Booth Drive
 Access Transcona 845 Regent Avenue West
Mount Carmel Clinic 886 Main Street
Thompson Thompson Clinic Plaza Mall Daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Flin Flon Channing Auditorium 2 North Avenue
The Pas Guy Hall 28 First St. West
Brandon Brandon Regional Health Centre, Nurses' Residence Gym 150 McTavish Ave E Daily 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Selkirk Drive-Thru Community Testing Site 622 Superior Avenue Daily 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Steinbach Drive-Thru Community Testing Site 365 Reimer Ave Daily 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Winnipeg Drive-Thru Community Testing Site 15 Barnes St. Daily 10:00AM to 6:00PM
 
Hospital visits
To protect the health of patients, staff and volunteers, visitor access at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended. Exceptions for compassionate reasons will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis but will adhere to vigilant screening. One visitor per patient may be admitted with the approval of individual facility managers in some departments. For pediatric patients, one parent or guardian will be allowed to visit at a time following screening.
 
KAP office
The KAP office is closed to outside visitors at this time. Many KAP staff are working from home and are following social distancing protocols. We will provide more information as this situation evolves.
 
KAP spring Advisory Council meeting
The KAP advisory council meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled due to social distancing protocols. At this time, we do not have a new date scheduled for this meeting, but we will be in touch as new developments arise. Please check this space and check social media for further updates.
 
Canadian Federation of Agriculture survey
CFA is operating a farm-level survey of members to better understand the issues facing the agriculture industry during the outbreak of COVID-19. The survey will be made available on Tuesdays with a deadline of Thursday afternoon over the course of the pandemic. We will include a link to this week’s survey tomorrow.
 
District meetings
KAP districts may be interested in holding meetings at this time to discuss issues facing the industry. The KAP office has the capability to host both conference calls and Zoom video meetings. Please contact Patty at patty.rosher@kap.ca should you be interested in scheduling a district meeting.
 
Issues from KAP members
We are working with the provincial government on a regular basis and working with the federal government through the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. We have already heard from members on the issues of seasonal workers and access to farm labour, testing concerns with Manitoba Public Insurance, processing capacity issues in the event of a broader outbreak in the province, and business risk management. If there are issues you think need to be raised with both levels of government, please contact Joey at joey.dearborn@kap.ca.
 
Prescription Safety Eyewear Program
At this time, Rizal Optical on McPhillips in Winnipeg and Horizon Eyecare on Portage Ave in Winnipeg will remain open until further notice. Please call ahead to discuss safety protocols in place for visits.

 
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