YWCA Houses First Round of Homeless Residents During Pandemic

April 18, 2020

25 homeless residents at the highest risk of COVID-19 complications are now being housed at the YWCA dormitories while public health orders are in effect, with support from the City of Thompson and the Community Advisory Board on Homelessness.

This shelter is being funded in full with federal funding through Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy.

Read more at: https://northernernews.ca/2020/04/18/ywca-first-wave-homeless-pandemic/

Addressing Homelessness and Alcohol in the City of Thompson During COVID-19
April 3, 2020

Over the last week, we’ve received a number of questions regarding Thompson’s downtown residents and public intoxication in the area.

Since the crisis began, the Mayor and administration have been working with the Province of Manitoba and the Federal government to work towards a solution, and this week, we’re approaching a concrete road map towards a solution, including more robust emergency facilities for housing the homeless during this time, increased public health awareness downtown.

Challenges remain. The City of Thompson and the RCMP have limited resources that are regularly under stress, even on normal days.

You can read more about our response to the situation at the link below, permanently posted on our COVID-19 webpage. We’ll be keeping you up to date as these concrete plans roll out.
Province Announces Over $100 Million in Support and Relief for Manitoba’s Fight Against COVID-19
April 3, 2020
The Province of Manitoba has announced over $100 Million in support across the province to combat the spread of COVID-19 and support those who are affected by it.

The announcement includes:
  • Over 120 new beds at homeless shelters across the province, including 64 in Thompson
  • Tax and fee relief on provincial services
  • Faster procurement for medical supplies and equipment

Manitoba Calls on Businesses to Meet Supply Challenges
March 27, 2020
The Province of Manitoba is asking businesses to seek creative solutions to supply critical good sand services during the COVID-19 crisis. For a full list of critical goods and services, see the release below.

Province Appeals to Manitoba Businesses to Find Creative Supply Solutions to Help Contain COVID-19

Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #33
March 27, 2020
Three new probable cases have been identified, total number of COVID-19 cases is 39. Public gatherings will be limited to 10 people starting Monday, March 30.
COVID-19 Business and Community Listing Now Live
March 25, 2020

The City of Thompson and the Chamber of Commerce are working together to compile a list of businesses who are open, adjusting their hours, or offering special services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit your business information to rec@thompson.ca or click below to access the list!
City of Thompson Launches Thompson Connect
March 25, 2020
The City of Thompson is proud to launch Thompson Connect, a direct communication system for delivering important and emergency information to residents.
Find out more and sign up below:
Thompson Connect

Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #31
March 25, 2020
There are now 31 combined confirmed and probable cases in Manitoba.
See the full release here: https://bit.ly/3dtIbEx

Province of MB Declares State of Emergency
March 20, 2020
City Transit Temporarily Suspended
March 20, 2020

The City of Thompson will be temporarily discontinuing transit service after Friday, March 20, 2020, in line with precautions to control the spread of COVID-19.

Over the past 3 days, we’ve seen a remarkable reduction in transit ridership as people are following provincial self-distancing protocols, and the schools are promoting keeping students at home. As students make up the bulk of transit ridership in Thompson, transit service will continue for the remainder of the day.

Reports from other communities have suggested that where transit service is partially reduced, the density of riders increases, which poses a significant public health risk during a pandemic.

Regular riders who have questions should email reception@thompson.ca with the subject line "Transit”. City administration will respond to your questions.

Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #22
March 19, 2020, 5:06pm
With some exceptions, visitor access at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended. Provincial Offences Court is closed to the public until May 1, 2020. 

Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #21
March 19, 2020, 11:36am
Positive COVID-19 cases in Manitoba remain at 17. The Province of Manitoba is purchasing and distributing additional ventilators to hospitals across the country. Nine testing sites are now open across the province, and drive-thru sites in Steinbach and Winnipeg will open shortly.
Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #20
March 18, 2020, 5:34pm
There are two new presumptive cases in Manitoba. Both are in Winnipeg and appear travel-related. The first drive-thru testing station has opened in Selkirk. Dialysis patients are asked to continue to attend dialysis appointments in a hospital setting. See the full release below:

Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #19
March 18, 2020, 11:36am
Current positive cases in Manitoba remains at 15. Six out of seven new cases appear to be related to travel. See the full release below.
Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #18
March 17, 2020, 5:51pm
The seven additional positive cases have been detected in Manitoba, bringing the number of cases to 15. Read the full release below.

Taxi Cab Hygiene Precautions
March 17, 2020, 4:55pm
Our License inspector has been working with taxi companies to ensure taxi cabs are thoroughly disinfected for passengers, including:
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Door handles
  • Steering wheels
  • Taxi meters
  • Consoles
  • Payment pinpads
  • All other shared equipment
Taxi cabs may also be limiting passengers to the back seat, similar to the precautions already followed after 11:00pm in Thompson.

Thompson Recycling Centre Resumes Commercial Recycling Collection
March 17, 2020, 2:05pm

The Thompson Recycling Centre will resume commercial collection for businesses that are able to place their recycling outside. Customers are encouraged to contact the Recycling Centre at 204-677-7991 to make arrangements for collection.

Province of Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #17
March 17, 2020, 11:48am

Licensed day-cares are closing on March 20. Home-based day-cares may continue to operate. See the full update below.


Province of Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #16

One additional positive case has been detected in Winnipeg, bringing the total number of cases to 8. See the full update below.
RCMP Detachment Closed to General Public
March 16, 2020, 3:30pm
The RCMP Detachment will be closed to public traffic effective immediately. If you require immediate assistance, or if this is an emergency, please call 204-677-6911, or pick up the phone in the yellow box on the wall outside the detachment doors.

If you require administrative assistance, please call 204-677-6909.

Thompson Public Library Now Closed
March 16, 2020, 3:15pm

The Thompson Public Library is now closed. Call the library at 204-677-3717 to find out how you can access books online!
Using the Waste Disposal Grounds
March 16, 2020, 3:10pm
The Waste Disposal Grounds has bins set up outside of the disposal grounds, with a deposit box for disposal fees. A CSO will be stationed at the WDG, though we also depend on residents to honestly pay the appropriate fees for disposal. Hours for residential waste disposal will be limited until 4:00pm.

Province of Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin #15
March 16, 2020
Manitoba's COVID-19 cases are all now lab-confirmed. New hospital and healthcare protocols are in place. COVID-related phishing scams are emerging. See the full update below.