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Public Notice - COVID-19

Posted: March 15, 2020

Municipality of Russell Binscarth
 March 18, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier

Update on the Municipality of Russell Binscarth COVID -19 situation.I spoke again with Prairie Mountain Health who have assured me that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our region. There has been a testing station set up in Brandon and PMH may set up sites in different areas, however, there are not enough test kits needed to do this at present. Test sites are not Walk In, an appointment must be made through Health Links who will screen each call.We are having daily meetings, via Skype, with Municipal Relations regarding any ongoing business recommendations for the municipality. (Because of the need for social distancing, some of the procedures need to be revised.)I also spoke at length with Emergency Measure regarding any further precautions we can do to protect our citizens and staff. They have reassured us that we have already implemented what we needed to at present.Again, the most important step each of us can do to help control the spread of the COVID-19 is social distancing, self-isolation (especially if you have been out of the country) for 14 days, and good handwashing. Please stay at home if you are feeling ill.We are looking at a system whereby groceries, etc can be delivered to those in isolation by volunteers. We will keep you updated on this. If you are in this situation, or would like to volunteer, please call the office at 204-773-2253.Due to increased precautions, the Binscarth Office will only be open on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 for the immediate future. Also if you have not signed up for Connect (this is the emergency notification system that has replaced Code Red), please call the Russell Office to do so.If you have questions or concerns, please call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 or 1-204-788-8200 or access

 March 17, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier

Municipality of Russell Binscarth continues its monitoring on COVID-19. There have been no further confirmed cases since yesterday. However, the Manitoba government has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled. This will help with some degree of social distancing. Licensed Day cares will also be suspended as of March 20. As well, all Manitoba Casinos will be closed.If you have traveled internationally, please self- isolate for 14 days. This may be especially difficult for the "snow birds” as they return home after being away for an extended period of time. Getting family or friends to deliver groceries, etc is suggested. The absolute best practice in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing.For questions or if you have symptoms, please call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 or 1-204-788-8200. There is a new self assessment website as well, to assist with the many questions and volume of calls. This service can be accessed at
 March 16, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier 

As I stated yesterday in my notice, I want to provide current updates regarding COVID-19.I spoke this morning to Prairie Mountain Health’s manager of disaster emergency preparedness, who did relay that there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area. Manitoba has 7 cases, 5 in Winnipeg and 1 in the Eastern Interlake, all related to travel.  PMH has placed visitor restrictions on all long term care facilities and suspended activities at Personal Care Homes. PMH is also developing placements for testing stations. If you have questions, please do not go to the hospital, call health links at 1-888-315-9257 or 204-788-8200.  I also attended by conference call, a meeting this morning with the Provincial Minister of Health, Seniors, and Active Living and the Minister of Municipal Relations. At present, they continue to reinforce the need for people not to travel unless absolutely necessary, to practice social distancing (minimizing contact with others to less than 10 minutes and keeping 2 meters apart), disinfecting surfaces, and frequent and effective hand washing.  Only those who show symptoms are being tested. If you have returned to Canada from another country, please impose a 14 day self-isolation upon yourself if possible. MRB is cancelling meetings scheduled for the Brad Room effective March 17th. The GPB Hall will be closed until April 13th, 2020 and the Russell Memorial Multi Plex will close at 9:00 PM on March 21, 2020 (This includes all areas within the Multiplex).  Again, check the Manitoba Health website for more information or call MRB Office at (204) 773-2253.

 March 15, 2020
Message from Mayor Cheryl Kingdon-Chartier 
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Municipality of Russell Binscarth (MRB) is monitoring the situation closely.  The health and safety of our citizens and staff is our top priority.  We have been in contact with Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) and are following the recommendations of Manitoba Health.  (Visit the PMH website for detailed information.)

At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our area, but we do ask everyone to exercise caution by avoiding travel and large crowds, and by staying at home, especially if experiencing fever, cough and shortness of breath.  (Should these symptoms occur, contacting a professional health care provider is the best course of action.). There is no need for panic but diligence is the best defense.  Good hand washing and social distancing is very important.  It is possible to be positive for this virus and not show symptoms.

For now, MRB continues to offer all office and public works services.  We have implemented more rigorous cleaning measures, sanitization and equipped staff with additional hygiene products.  With the closing of schools, child-care may become an issue for some of our employees and we will try to accommodate them if possible. Presently, we are not closing the office and hope this does not become a necessity.

As the situation unfolds, health and safety will continue to be of utmost importance.  Should it be deemed necessary, delays or interruptions in service may occur and we ask for your understanding and patience.  We will update you as needed.

For any further information please call the office at 204-773-2253.