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Message from Reeve and Council COVID-19 - March 24, 2020

Posted: March 24, 2020

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:

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