Thursday was a tough day for Manitoba in the fight against COVID. Here's everything that went down, in what was arguably the most eventful day of the pandemic yet:
-BRANDON CLUSTER: The province has identified 30 new COVID-19 cases increasing Manitoba's total to 474. Of those new cases; 18 are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, with active cases up to 118. 10 people are currently in the hospital, and five are in intensive care. The number of deaths due to the virus is still at eight, 348 people have recovered. Health officials say the 18 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region are connected to a cluster in the Brandon area.
-MAPLE LEAF: UFCW continues to call for a temporary shut down of Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon after three more employees tested positive for COVID-19. According to UFCW local 832 the cases are among non-production, unionized employees. The union has now told the plant to stop production until August 10, at the earliest. The first worker who tested positive, also not on the production line, hasn't worked since July 28. There was also a security guard at the plant who tested positive for virus back in May.
-TIM HORTON'S: The Tim Hortons in Brandon located just off Highway 1 shut down due to "an evolving health situation". Tim's confirmed "a team member who works at this restaurant tested positive for COVID-19. We wish the employee a full recovery. The health and safety of guests and team members has been our top priority throughout the pandemic. Following public health guidelines, team members who worked closely with this person are self-isolating for 14 days and will be supported through Tim Hortons corporate and restaurant owner COVID-19 compensation fund to make up for any lost wages. The restaurant will remain closed until it can be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and a separate crew of team members can be brought in."
-WALMART: Walmart Canada has confirmed that an employee working at the Brandon Walmart recently tested positive for COVID-19, and last worked at the store on July 26. A Walmart official said in a statement the company "wishes them a speedy recovery. There is regular enhanced cleaning in the store and other physical distancing measures in place. They also said they continue dded other measures are in place, like wellness checks that include temperature checks for all employees at the start of their shift, limiting the number of customers, and cleaning shopping carts. Walmart Canada also announced that starting on August 12th, it will be mandatory to wear a mask in all Walmart locations. Customers are asked to bring their own face coverings while they shop.
-THE BRANDON WHEATKINGS: Western Hockey League announced Thursday (Aug 6) that it will begin the 2020-21 regular season on Friday, December 4, 2020. The league notes, however, as part of their commitment to the health and safety of its players, officials, staff, and fans, the opening date of the Regular Season remains contingent on receiving the necessary approvals from the government and health authorities in each of the six provincial/state jurisdictions in the WHL. The WHL remains hopeful they can play a full Regular Season schedule of 68 games, followed by four rounds of Playoffs.