NDP MLA requires elevated COVID testing in northern Manitoba


Thompson NDP MLA Danielle Adams is looking on the Manitoba authorities to extend COVID-19 testing websites in Thompson and northern Manitoba.

There may be at the moment one testing web site in Thompson, which is open from Monday to Friday. There are three testing websites in complete in northern Manitoba, two others being in The Pas and Flin Flon.

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On Monday, 4 extra COVID-19 instances had been detected within the metropolis of Thompson. At present, there are seven lively instances within the Thompson/Thriller Lake district. Final Wednesday, Adams despatched a letter by way of e mail to the provincial Well being Minister requesting a second testing web site in Thompson.

“We’ve got seen how COVID-19 can develop exponentially. The location at the moment shares an area with the walk-in clinic, and it solely has one nurse doing testing,” stated Adams on Tuesday.

“We all know that testing is essential in holding instances low. My concern is that the present web site wouldn’t meet the necessities in a short time if we find yourself with even one case within the faculties. Northerners have executed a fantastic job in sacrificing and to maintain the north protected, and we need to proceed that.”

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Adams determined to put in writing to the Well being Minister after seeing the variety of instances develop in addition to seeing the province scrambling to create testing websites in Winnipeg. She doesn’t need to see that in northern Manitoba and subsequently, select to name on the federal government to take motion.

“Proper now, our testing web site can solely accommodate 50 folks. I’m involved that the testing web site with one nurse would solely have the ability to deal with a restricted quantity of instances. Our faculties alone have an upward of 200 to over a thousand youngsters,” stated Adams.

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“All it could take is one case in a kind of faculties, and the testing web site wouldn’t be satisfactory. As numbers go up, the numbers of contact testing go up, so I simply need to guarantee that anybody who desires to be examined can get a check to assist hold our numbers low and our group protected.”

As we head into the flu season, Adams additionally believes that there will likely be an rising demand for COVID-19 testing as folks would want to find out whether or not they have contracted the virus.

“We’d like a second testing web site to maintain numbers down and assist hold northerners protected. With the continuing cuts this authorities has executed, they’re placing northern healthcare in danger, so now it’s the time to arrange to make sure the northerner’s security,” stated Adams.

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In line with Adams, the province has but to reply to her letter.

A provincial spokesperson informed Winnipeg Solar that the federal government is consistently evaluating their testing capability in addition to planning for and adapting to surges in demand.

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