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COVID-19

In a further effort to practice social distancing and for the safety of our employees and citizens, our Municipal Office will be closed for public access, effective immediately.  However, we intend to conduct business as usual the best we can. 

As an alternative to visiting the office, please feel free to either phone our office at 204-467-5711 (between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday) or email info@rmofrosser.com with any inquires, as we will still be communicating in this fashion.

Public will be allowed to attend any Council Meetings during this time, but social distancing measures will be in effect.

If you are dropping off payment, especially any prepayments for LI2 which are due March 31st, please use the drop box in the door. Payments can also be made online through Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Credit Union, TD Canada, Scotiabank or via Telpay.ca.

If you wish to make a payment by cash, please contact our CAO, Larry Wandowich, and he will arrange to meet you at the office to process your payment.  Larry can be reached at 204-390-0636.

We will continue to follow the Province’s recommendations and will keep our community notified of any changes.

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR THE LATEST UPDATES AND NOTICES FROM THE RM OF ROSSER REGARDING COVID-19:

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                                    ~ Message from the RM of Rosser - March 26, 2020~

Yesterday, public health officials advise 14 additional probable cases of COVID-19 have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 35 at this time.

All are encouraged to continue to wash hands, disinfect areas around your home and work, practice social distancing, and take common preventive measures. It’s important to stay informed and understand the facts. Please visit the Province of Manitoba website daily for updates.

Click HERE to visit the Province of Manitoba COVID-19 website.

Click HERE to view the Province of Manitoba’s Media Releases on COVID-19.

The following is further information that may help inform you: 

Drinking Water –According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is present in or being transmitted by drinking water supplies. We continue to receive best practices from the Province of Manitoba Office of Drinking Water.

Rosser Municipal Office – Our office is still closed for public access until further notice.  We will carry on business as usual the best we can via phone and email.  As LI2 debenture prepayments are due March 31, 2020, cheque payments can be made using the drop box in the door.  You can also pay online through Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Credit Union, TD Canada, Scotiabank or via Telpay.ca.

If you wish to make a payment by cash, please contact our CAO, Larry Wandowich, and he will arrange to meet you at the office to process your payment.  Larry can be reached at 204-390-0636.

Rosser Postal Office – In an effort to practice social distancing, and the fact that the Rosser Postal Office is a small confined space, a limit of one customer is permitted within the office. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Community Centres – Our municipality community centres have taken a lead role by voluntarily closing during this time, as they do their part to help people adhere to social distancing.

Groceries and Medication – If you are heading out, consider contacting a neighbour or friend and offer to pickup any groceries or medication on their behalf.  This act of kindness will help limit the number of people in stores.  

Online Shopping – The pandemic has led to a spike in online shopping. If you prefer to purchase your groceries online, and your home falls within the approved delivery service region, do expect delays. Anticipate what you may need and plan ahead. But please don’t hoard.

Manitobans Helping Manitobans– Consider volunteering your time.  A new online tool has been introduced for Manitobans to help vulnerable Manitobans (such as the elderly, disabled and medically vulnerable). Help Next Door MB is a network of helpers coming together as a community. If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you.  To learn more, please visit Help Next Door MB (Click Here)

To catch up on municipality updates and communication from our Reeve, visit Rural Municipality of Rosser’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Notice (Click Here).

We are witnessing the very best of humanity at this time of global crisis. Let’s continue to care and look out for each other.  We are all in this together.                                           

 

                                          ~Message from the Reeve - March 24, 2020~     

Hello neighbours and friends:

I hope this finds you all well and coping with the many changes that are impacting you and your family at this stressful time. Manitoba currently has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the country, but this could change at any time. If we are to keep our numbers low, we must continue to rigorously practice social distancing protocols. We must also remember that each province has different testing strategies, so we shouldn’t assume too much by statistics alone. The reality remains that our only chance of containing this outbreak is to be vigilant in following the directives of the Chief Medical Officer of Health regarding hygiene, social distancing, self-quarantine, and the restrictions on travel and non-essential services. Updates are always available on the government websites: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.htmlor
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Yesterday, the Province implemented a 14-day self-isolation requirement for all those returning from travels outside Manitoba, including to other areas in Canada. Our CAO, Larry Wandowich, returned this past weekend from Alberta and has placed himself in self isolation. Plans were already in place at the municipal office to address the absence of any staff member, and so Larry will be carrying on his duties and continuing his leadership from his home for the next several days.

On a positive note, the Federal Government has announced further funding to the Farm Credit Canada program which will assist our farm families and agricultural operations to weather the coming days and the uncertainties that we are facing.

We continue to be advised that the supply chain in Canada has not been adversely affected, however to ensure this continues to be the case we need to maintain reasonable consumption and purchasing practices. Hoarding is neither required nor recommended. We have learned as well, that pharmacies are now filling prescriptions for 1 month supplies only, to ensure there are no shortages of vital medications.

Rosser Council and staff continue to work hard running day-to-day operations while complying with all specified standards. We remain in close touch with the Provincial and Federal governments, as well as service providers and neighbouring communities. Please feel free to call any member of Council if you have questions or concerns. We would also love to hear positive stories of how our community is rising to meet this challenge!

Take care. Keep looking out for each other.

Frances Smee

Reeve                            

 

                                                 ~Message from the Reeve - March 18, 2020~

Hello everyone:

I just wanted to reach out to our community to let you know that Rosser Council and staff are continuing to work with all levels of government, social services and community resources to make sure we are well-positioned to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.

PLEASE take social-distancing recommendations seriously. Now is the time we can make a real difference in lessening the coming impact to our community. Don’t wait until the virus is on our doorstep.

The supply chain in Canada has not been disrupted so hoarding is not necessary and, in fact, strongly discouraged.

Cartier Water Co-op reports they have topped up all chemicals required to continue services. As well, their suppliers have confirmed that they do not predict shortages.

Because of early attention to the COVID-19 situation, the RM has all supplies required by office staff, Public Works and our Fire Department in stock.

We suggest that people fill prescriptions for a 3-month period. Pharmacies are able to do this but do not look to get a year’s supply of any medication.

Reports confirm Canadian blood supplies are starting to be negatively affected because of social distancing protocols. If you are in a position to give blood, contact Canadian Blood Services to set up an appointment. www.blood.ca or 1-888-236-6283.

Remember to stay in touch with neighbors who might need groceries picked up, other assistance or may just want to chat. There will be some people in our community feeling particularly isolated and vulnerable at this time. A phone call and a friendly voice might make all the difference.

Council has asked me to tell you that all council members are available to take calls and answer any questions you may have. As we have mentioned before, the Province is taking the lead on dealing with the outbreak and they have all updated information on their website. https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

And, the simplest thing we can all do to safeguard our health is wash our hands!

Take care and be well,

Frances Smee

Reeve

 

                                                      ~Message from the Reeve - March 13, 2020~

Dear fellow neighbours,

Further to today’s Rural Municipality of Rosser’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Notice, I reach out to you to inform you that our municipality is taking this matter seriously and remind you to refer to the Manitoba Government health hyperlinks to be well informed on all updates.

Rural Municipality of Rosser’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Notice (Click Here).

This is a stressful time for everyone and certainly not something any of us expected. Although we are a small community, we are strong, resilient, and have an extraordinary ability to support each other. Please continue to work together and assist any of your neighbours that may need extra care at this time.

Take care and be well until we meet again.

Warm regards,

 

Frances Smee

Reeve