This was a memo written to the MKO Chiefs on May 11, 2020. To view this as a PDF, please click here.
Date: May 11, 2020
To: MKO Chiefs
From: Grand Chief Garrison Settee
Subject: Cluster of COVID-19 virus found in employees of trucking company
There has been a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases identified within an office of a trucking company called Paul’s Hauling. The cluster was found within the company’s Brandon location.
Last week Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer for Manitoba, announced that eight cases of COVID-19 have now been linked with this trucking company. Six of the cases are identified amongst employees while two are identified as being close contacts of the employees. Contact tracing has been completed and Dr. Roussin says this cluster of cases does not pose a risk to the public.
A spokesperson for Paul’s Hauling told CBC News that none of the truck drivers were diagnosed with COVID-19, rather, the cases were identified with the company’s mechanics. You can find more information about this cluster of COVID-19 cases in this CBC News story: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid19-cluster-western-manitoba-1.5559239
It is my understanding that this company ships fuel to MKO First Nations. I am sharing this information with you today to remind you to remain vigilant. Continue to promote physical distancing while we deal with this pandemic. Encourage people who show any symptoms of respiratory illness to stay home.