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The Swan River Valley sees the impact of COVID-19 pandemic

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As of press time on Monday, the Province of Manitoba has indicated that there are seven lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and no new presumptive positive cases reported in Manitoba.
Local cancellations and closures
While the majority of these are in the Winnipeg region and are a direct result of travel from outside the country, local groups and organizations have heeded warnings and cancelled the vast majority of previously organized events scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.
Some of these events include the Lion’s Club’s Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby, Swan Valley Sport Fishing Enhancement’s Family Fishing Day, Swan School of Dance annual recital, the Bantam AAA provincials which were to be held this past weekend, all school sports and extracurricular activities and even school classes, beginning March 20.
The Swan River Day Care Centre continues to operate but was expected to have a meeting last night to determine a plan going forward. Other child care centres had not announced their plans publically at press time.
And, the Town of Swan River reassured residents that Water and Sewer services and the Fire Protection Services are at the top of the ‘Must Operate’ list and will have resources directed toward continued service even in the event of an outbreak.
The services that are not Water and Sewer or Fire related – including council, office staff and senior administration as well as Public Works, may be limited at times or even temporarily suspended according to the needed response.
Recreation Facilities – including the pool, arena and Veteran’s hall may or may not operate. They have restricted the gathering size at these locations to 250 persons and may close any or all facilities if it becomes necessary.
Help stop the spread
These cancellations and postponements are to comply with the recommendation of public health officials to implement social distancing measures for all Manitobans including:
• cancelling or postponing any large-scale events (events with more than 250 attendees);
• minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals in public;
• avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
• disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
• following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
• avoiding all non-essential travel, as well as crowded places and events.
People are encouraged to take common prevention measures including regular hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds, making sure to dry hands thoroughly.
Alternatively, people can use an alcohol-based hand cleanser if their hands are not visibly dirty. People should also cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into their sleeve.
Additionally, all Manitobans, including health-care providers, are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. In addition, public health officials are recommending all international travellers should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after returning to Canada.
The government cautions about the spread of misinformation online and encourages the use of official sources for the most up-to-date coverage.
For more information, visit manitoba.ca/covid19/.