Need information about COVID-19 or Need to contact the MB First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team?
Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Bulletin’s
Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Alert Levels
Provincial Response Level: Limited Risk
Manitoba is at an important transitional phase in our COVID-19 response. Public health indicators are stabilizing or improving and as of Tuesday, March 15, the Manitoba chief provincial public health officer has set the pandemic response system to Green (limited risk).
The Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Alert Levels table is meant to assist First Nations community leaders in decisions about community-level measures that can be taken in the fight against COVID-19. We encourage community leadership to make these decisions in partnership with their local and regional public health teams. These decisions will be informed both by the provincial epidemiology as well as the epidemiology in regions/ geographic areas that community members have the most contact with.
On August 19, 2020 the Government of Manitoba released a colour-coded risk Pandemic Response System. Given the different contexts and underlying risk conditions within First Nation communities, it is possible that a First Nation community may be at a higher alert level than its nearby provincial communities/ region. Decisions about alert levels will need to be revisited in partnership with public health on a regular basis.
AMC COVID-19 Updates
Facebook Live Streams/Videos
Manitoba residents may contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if you’re experiencing symptoms COVID-19.
Isolation for Symptomatic Individuals Recovering at Home – Most people who get sick with COVID-19 can recover at home, but need to isolate and monitor their symptoms. Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure that health care resources are available to those with severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring hospitalization.
Self-isolation (Quarantine) for Asymptomatic Returning Travellers and Contacts of Cases – People who have travelled or have been in close contact with cases need to self-isolate (also referred to as quarantine) at home. Self-isolating is the best thing you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones and people in the community.
How to care for a person with COVID-19 at home – Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are caring for, or live with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is well enough to recover at home, follow this guideline to protect yourself and others in the home, as well as those in your community.
MB Online Screening Tool
If you would like to screen yourself for COVID-19, the Province of Manitoba has created an online screening tool. You can access it here. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
The Screening Tool is available in Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Format Call: 1-877-308-9038.
Community Screening Locations
Changes to the hours of operation at community testing sites in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler, as well as at Thunderbird House in Winnipeg, come into effect the June 6-7 weekend. Due to low patient volumes, these sites are now closed on Sundays. For a full listing of site locations throughout the province and hours of operation, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links-Info Santé or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms is still encouraged to use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested.
Province of Manitoba COVID-19 Updates
Restoring Safe Services
Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recovery is available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/
Manitoba Restart Strategy: Understanding the Implications for First Nations Communities
This document was developed to provide public health information and guidance to First Nations communities as they consider the ongoing and possibly changing risks of COVID-19 transmission in their communities. It is intended to provide assistance as they deliberate on the public health measures they have or are considering putting in place.
Applying Current Public Health Orders and Guidance to Community Events
Mental Health Supports
Manitoba Addictions Helpline: 1-855-662-6605.
Hope for Wellness Help Line: Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.
Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention. Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.
Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. On request, telephone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
COVID-19 Mental Health Supports – Manitoba Government
COVID-19 Guidance & Tools to Support Mental Wellness – Shared Health Manitoba
Mental Wellness During COVID-19 – First Peoples Wellness Circle
For Parents and Children
For Elders and Seniors
For Health Professionals
Indigenous Services Canada
COVID-19 Vaccines Toolkits: Update 9
Communications resources for Indigenous communities and organizations.
Last updated: Monday, November 8, 2021
- Information on proof of vaccination
- Community message from treaties 6, 7 and 8
- Factsheet and radio PSA about the proof of vaccination for Indigenous Peoples and Northerners in remote communities
National COVID-19 Update (Issue 54) November 8-14, 2021
Coronavirus and Indigenous Communities
Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports
Service Canada Information
Accessing financial benefits and support during COVID-19
Non-Insured Health Benefits program updates
These updates give First Nations and Inuit clients the latest news on NIHB policies and benefit coverage.
Other Online Resources
Helping Enhance Virtual Connections within Indigenous Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Application Form
Priority is for those who are in health care system and need to keep in touch with family and health care providers.
PRCT Guide on Making Sense of COVID-19 Support