Pukatawagan locking down after COVID-19 case spike

10 new cases found in community in past week, province cites "trend of concerning case numbers"

New rules and restrictions are being put in place for Pukatawagan/Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (MCCN) after a rise in COVID-19 cases in the community.

The area, which had no active announced cases as of Feb. 24, is now up to 10 active cases and provincial health officials announced what was called "a trend of concerning case numbers" in the Pukatawagan/MCCN health district.

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In the province's March 4 COVID-19 update, the Manitoba government announced that health officials were "working with the chief, council and other partners to address the situation." According to the announcement, MCCN chief and council have issued a blanket restriction on all public gatherings and a stay-at-home order will go into effect as of today at midnight.

People are advised by both the province and the band to stay home unless they are seeking medical care, going to get essential supplies or food or to work in essential services. Mask use will also be mandatory in all areas outside the home in Pukatawagan.

No outbreak designation has been announced by the province within Pukatawagan and no possible public exposures within the community have been announced by health officials.

The local Northern Store in Pukatawagan announced March 4 that it will close to the public for regular in-person shopping, now holding designated shopping days for different areas of the community to pick up needed food and supplies. Employees will take orders via phone and provide curbside pickup for shoppers.


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