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Daily Roundup

April 28, 2020

Province of Manitoba expands COVID-19 testing criteria

Health authorities encourage Manitobans with any symptoms of COVID-19 — even mild symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, sore throat and/or fever — to call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 for a referral for testing.

The Province has increased testing capacity to better determine the spread of the virus in Manitoba.

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For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html. To access the online COVID-19 screening tool, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

RRC pitches in to help Winnipeg’s homeless during COVID-19

Red River College is sharing food, equipment, and expertise with Main Street Project (MSP), an organization that provides shelter and support to people experiencing homelessness and addiction.

MSP, which offers a safe, judgement-free place to those it serves, has been expanding efforts to meet the needs of Winnipeg’s homeless during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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April 28 – National Day of Mourning for lost or injured workers

Today marks the National Day of Mourning, where we recall those who have been injured or killed in the workplace. Red River College will fly flags at half-mast to recognize those affected by workplace tragedy, and to demonstrate our commitment to preventing workplace illnesses, injuries, and fatalities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored our need to prioritize health and safety like nothing before. Red River College’s response to the pandemic has been, at every step, aligned with our commitment to keeping our staff and faculty safe – and for that, we have to thank our health and safety leaders, who have helped us achieve the level of excellence we set for the College in our Statement of Commitment below.

According to the most recent figures from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 1,027 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada in 2018 – an increase of 76 from the previous year. Among these deaths were 27 young workers aged 15 to 24.

These figures remind us that we each have a role to play when it comes to staying safe and healthy in the workplace. As a College, we have a direct impact on the practices and behaviours we instill in our students, which they carry forward into their careers.

Statement of Commitment

A strong, proactive workplace safety and health culture is a top priority for Red River College. The College is responsible for and committed to providing all employees, workers, students and visitors with a safe and healthy environment, and will require all to use appropriate safety and health practices in the exercise of their duties.

The President will establish and enforce policies and procedures necessary to address institutional safety and ensure compliance with Manitoba’s Workplace Safety and Health Act is achieved – and exceeded wherever possible.

Safety First at Red River College means setting an exceptional standard as an education leader in workplace safety and health. It is the College’s responsibility to instill a keen awareness of safety standards in our students, preparing them to be safety champions in their future workplaces.

Dr. Christine Watson
Interim President & CEO
Red River College

How can emotions impact my learning during COVID-19?

Our Academic Success Centre has published a post on the Student Blog about how feelings, supported by resilience, can help you cope with anxiety and the stresses of working from home.

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