COVID-19 has officially been identified in Thompson for the first time since the spring, so its important we all take basic pandemic precautions seriously.
Please remember the basic rules and guidelines that have been in place since March. Don’t wait until the numbers start climbing: following these guidelines now helps ensure that local cases remain isolated and do not spread.
- Stay home when you’re sick. If you can work from home, great! If you can’t, be sure to speak with your employer about your options around time off due to illness.
- Space yourselves out. Two meters/six feet is the standard distance, however this is only a guideline. The more distance you give people, the better.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. At the very least, clean your hands before entering a public place, and after you get home.
- Wear a mask. The best fabrics for non-medical masks are at least two layers of cotton, polypropylene, or some combination of the two. When you’re not wearing a mask, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Learn more at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-safely-use-non-medical-mask-face-covering.html
- Limit your shopping trips, and the number of shoppers. Make a list of what you need, and send only one person at a time to run errands. This limits your exposure and gives everyone room to breathe. Follow all precautions put in place by stores and service providers.
- Show compassion. Not everyone catches COVID-19 because they were irresponsible. In the meantime, there are practical difficulties to self-isolating for a lot of people. Find out how you can lend a helping hand at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.htm
To avoid more drastic closures and public health orders, its important that we all do our part to ensure COVID-19 spreads as slowly as possible. It’s never been easier to save a life!