Public health officials announced 44 new cases of COVID-19 today.

Of today’s new cases:

  •  Five are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  •  Nine are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  •  Four are in the Northern Health region 
  •  Seven are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region 
  •  19 are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has one new case for two active cases.

The numbers of active cases in other Parkland health districts are:

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (0), Duck Mountain (0), Porcupine Mountain (19), Agassiz Mountain (32), Asessippi (0), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (0). Brandon has eight active cases.    
In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 41 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 103 active cases.

The current five-day positivity rate is 3.6 percent provincially.

There are 942 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

Eight Manitobans are in ICU today with active COVID-19 symptoms

73% Of those 12 and over in Dauphin are at least partially vaccinated.

Tim Hortons Restaurant owners are inviting customers to come in and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Camp Day.

This included the Tim Hortons right here in Dauphin.

On Camp Day, customers can buy a coffee and help send close to 14,000 kids on the camping adventure of a lifetime.  Dauphin Tim Hortons owner, Greg Crisanti, says that every penny will go towards sending a kid to camp.

“100 percent of the proceeds from all coffee sales, as well as Take 12 coffee, 100 percent of those proceeds will go to Camp Day as well.”

Greg says that there are many different ways that people can donate.

“Right now, we’ve got a raffle with prizes that were donated along with one of our Tim Hortons Home Brewers and gift cards, so you’re welcome to purchase a raffle for 2 dollars and get your name in for some of those prizes. On Camp Day, we’re hoping to have a car wash in our drive-thru, so we’ll gladly wash your windows as you come through in hopes of a donation to, again, all proceeds going straight to help send kids in our community to camp.”

Last year, Tim Hortons Camp Day raised nearly $11 million. In its 30 year history, Tim Hortons Camp Day has raised over $212 million.

Tim Hortons Camp Day is on July 21st.

Much of the Parkland is under a special air quality statement today, including Dauphin, Gilbert Plains, Winnipegosis, Grandview, Ochre River, Ethelbert, Roblin and Riding Mountain West.

According to the Government of Manitoba's website, the smoke we are experiencing is due to numerous forest fires in northwestern Ontario and east-central Manitoba. Therefore, you can expect elevated pollution levels to occur today.

In areas affected by smoke from wildfires, Manitobans are encouraged to:

-Limit outdoor activity as well as physical activity.

-Reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air.

-Turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors.

-Keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials.

For a complete and more comprehensive view of the wildfires, visit the Government of Manitoba's conservation and climate page here.

Public health officials announced 62 new COVID-19 cases today.

Of today’s new cases,

  •  One case is in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  •  13 cases are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  •  Three cases are in the Northern Health region 
  •  12 cases are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region 
  •  33 cases are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has one active case.

The numbers of active cases in other Parkland health districts are:

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (0), Duck Mountain (0), Porcupine Mountain (15), Agassiz Mountain (32), Asessippi (0), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (0). Brandon has seven active cases.   
In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 40 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 101 active cases.

The current five-day positivity rate is 3.2 percent provincially.

There are 961 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

Eight Manitobans are in ICU today with active COVID-19 symptoms

73% Of those 12 and over in Dauphin are at least partially vaccinated.

Habitat for Humanity is now set to build a new house for one lucky resident in Dauphin.

Chantel Flett is this year’s lucky recipient of a new home courtesy of Habitat for Humanity, but the opportunity didn’t come easy.

Flett did many hours of fundraising at Dauphins Friendship Centre to help raise enough money to make this project possible.

On Thursday afternoon, Flett and the Dauphin Friendship Centre handed over the proceeds cheque to Habitat for Humanity.

All fundraisers done were planned by Flett and more fundraisers and events are planned for the future.

Today marks the beginning of the return to more freedoms across the province, as Manitoba enters phase two of their 4-3-2-One Great Summer reopening plan today.

Premier Brain Pallister alongside Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon and spoke of the announcement as, “A good news day, towards a reopened Manitoba.”

"Last week, Manitobans met and surpassed vaccinations goals we had set out for our second reopening milestone. This, I should note, was almost a full month ahead of schedule. So good for Manitobans, thanks for doing that.”

Some of the changes that go into effect as of today are:

• Indoor gatherings at private residences are permitted to a maximum of five people, plus the household members;

• Indoor gatherings in public spaces are permitted to a maximum of 25 people;

• Outdoor gatherings on private property increase to a maximum of 25 people;

• Restaurants, licensed premises and food court capacities expand to 50 percent capacity:

- Restaurants/bars operating hours extend to midnight;

- The requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol no longer applies;

- VLTs may operate with all other restaurant/bar rules applying (two-metre distance, only households or fully vaccinated people seated together);

- Outdoor maximum table size remains at eight people;

- Patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all patrons 12 years of age or older are fully immunized (unvaccinated children under 12 may dine with fully vaccinated members of their household in this case);

• Movie theatres; bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, and museums and galleries are now open at 50 percent capacity to fully vaccinated people.

To view a list of all of the changes that were made, click here.

The province's third and final goal in the reopening plan is to have 80 percent of eligible Manitobans with at least one vaccine dose and 75 percent with two doses by Sept. 6.

The severe thunderstorm watch has ended.

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There’s a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for many parts of the Parkland including Dauphin, Russell, Roblin, and Winnipegosis. 

A cold front is tracking eastward through the region. A hot and humid airmass is currently in place over the province. Pulse type thunderstorms are expected to develop along the cold front with the risk of a severe thunderstorm.

The severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain. 

Public health officials announced 39 new COVID-19 cases today; however, two cases were removed due to data corrections, bringing the new-net number to 37 today.

Of today’s new cases,

  • Three cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 10 cases are in the Interlake-Eastern Health region
  • Two cases are in the Northern Health region 
  • Nine cases are in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region 
  • 15 cases are in the Winnipeg Health region

Dauphin has one new case and one new recovery today, bringing the total number of active cases to three.

The numbers of active cases in other Parkland health districts are:

Riding Mountain (0), Swan River (0), Duck Mountain (0), Porcupine Mountain (15), Agassiz Mountain (33), Asessippi (0), Little Saskatchewan (3), Whitemud (0). Brandon has eight active cases.   
In the Interlake, the Eriksdale/Ashern health district has 40 active cases. The Fisher/Peguis district has 100 active cases.

The current five-day positivity rate is 2.9 percent provincially and 2.7 percent in Winnipeg. 1,579 laboratory tests were completed yesterday.

There are 958 active COVID-19 cases in the province.

37 Manitobans are hospitalized with COVID-19, including:

  • Nine Manitobans in intensive care units with active COVID-19
  • one Manitobans in intensive care units outside of the province

72.9% of those 12 and over in Dauphin are at least partially vaccinated. 

With very little rain falling in the majority of Manitoba, one southern Manitoba town got some rainfall but it might have been more than what they wished for.

The town of Birtle, southwest of Riding Mountain National Park, was drenched with 150 millimetres, or six inches, of rain on Thursday evening.

The area also saw pea-sized hail.

Communities within about a 10-kilometre radius of Birtle received far less rain, around 15-20 mm, while the rest of the area beyond the 10-kilometre radius received no rain at all.

In Dauphin, there’s a 30 percent chance of showers on Sunday afternoon.

A man from the Swan Valley region has been identified in the Kelowna crane collapse.

Brad Zawislak who hailed from Benito died while at work on Monday when a crane collapsed at a nearby construction site in Kelowna.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

 

Farmers and ranchers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops and pastures across the Prairie provinces.

Scorching temperatures and little to no rainfall have left crops in poor condition across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Several municipalities have declared states of agricultural disaster, like in Lakeshore, and Armstrong, where they have recently asked for immediate help from the federal and provincial government to provide support and recovery to its farmers for tax deferrals, feed shortages, freight assistance, and compensation for wells.

The RM of St. Laurent declared a state of disaster last week. 

 Many ranchers say that they are running out of hay to feed their cattle.

The government of Saskatchewan has already announced some drought relief and will allow grain farmers with crop insurance to write off damaged crops.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is pushing for other provinces to follow suit.