Hanover School Division - School Taxes FAQ

View our online FAQ regarding local school taxes and school funding.

Learn More...

It appears the worst of this year's flu season is now behind us.

Dr. Michael Routledge is Medical Officer of Health for Southern Health. He says the influenza season typically runs in six to eight week waves, with the peak coming about three to four weeks into that wave. Dr. Routledge says the peak happened around Christmas and so we are now on the other side.

"Certainly I expect that we're going to have more influenza activity in our region before the season's over, but we've probably seen our large blip," explains Dr. Routledge. "Often times we will see a second wave, it's usually not as big as the first one."

2017 02 routledge(Dr. Michael Routledge)According to the most recent data from Manitoba Health, there were 85 cases of influenza within Southern Health between September 1st and December 29th. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority had 183 cases, Northern had 112, Prairie Mountain had 85 and Interlake-Eastern had 49.

"I'd say it was a fairly typical season," says Dr. Routledge. "It was a little bit less busy from a health care system perspective this year than last year."

Dr. Routledge says that is probably the result of the type of flu strain this year. This year's strain is largely H1N1, which tends to hit younger people. As a result, he says it has not been a busy season for their personal care homes.

"Last year where we had quite a busy season in personal care homes, this was a less busy season so far," he says. "And it's what we expect."

He notes there has been no specific part of the region that has been hit hardest this year.

As of December 28th, 20 per cent of Manitoba residents were immunized with the seasonal influenza vaccine. Though it won't be confirmed for a couple of months yet, Dr. Routledge says it appears this year's vaccine was a good match with the strain of flu circulating.

Meanwhile, Dr. Routledge offers a few tips for staying healthy for the rest of this winter. He encourages washing your hands regularly and to cough into your arm, so as not to spread germs. If you are sick, stay at home. He also urges maintaining a good diet, getting exercise and sleeping well.

 

More Local News

Asylum Seeker In Labour Rescued Near Emerson By EMS

Local emergency responders rescued an asylum seeker near Emerson on the weekend. The woman was attempting to walk across the border into Canada when she became stuck in deep snow early Saturday…

Changes Coming To Seine-Rat River Conservation District

The Seine-Rat River Conservation District is changing its name. Board Chair Cornie Goertzen says their name will soon switch to Seine-Rat-Roseau Watershed District and notes this is due to a…

Bethesda Regional Health Centre To Be Part Of Security Review

Rural health facilities in Steinbach, Portage la Prairie and Winkler will be part of provincial review of security and safety for patients, staff and visitors at health centres. Health Minister…
2018 10 rcmp

RCMP Suspend Driver, Investigate Domestic Assault

RCMP report a woman had her driver's licence suspended over the weekend in Steinbach for driving with a blood-alcohol level above .05. Police say they stopped a vehicle Friday evening at 9:30 on…

Summer In The City Considering Greater Use Of Elmdale Plaza

The chair of Steinbach's summer festival wants the board to take another look at making more use of the community plaza along Elmdale Street for Summer In The City. Graham Pollock says the space…

Hanover Approves New Development Plan and Zoning By-law

After four years in the making, council for the RM of Hanover has finally been able to give third and final reading to its new development plan and zoning by-law. Planning Manager Jeremy Neufeld says…

Heavy Fog Sets In The Southeast

Residents of the southeast woke up to a very foggy Sunday morning. Environnment Canada says the heavy fog is expected to clear by early afternoon. Visibility may be reduced in some areas. A few…

Modernization of Manitoba Family Law

The Province of Manitoba is introducing new legislation to modernize Manitoba's family law system to help improve outcomes for families and children working through separation and divorce.…

Randy Dueck Responds To Provincially Required PD Day

“I remember very clearly as a teacher that I would always make a point of bringing my classroom of students into the polling room,” reflects Hanover Superintendent Randy Dueck. That opportunity will…

Ritchot Looking For Most Active Community

It is 'game on' in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot. Mayor Chris Ewen says this spring they will have a contest to determine their most active community. The winner receives $5,000 towards a…

Creative Youth Council Hosts Turnip The Music

Last night’s Turnip the Music concert at Neufeld Garage was a big success and it was put on by Steinbach’s Creative Youth Council. Sydney Rempel is a member of the Creative Youth Council. She says…

YFC Banquet Gives Staff An Opportunity To Share Experiences

Steinbach Youth For Christ staff had a chance to share about their experiences working with local youth at the annual YFC Banquet on Thursday. Executive Director Reuben Singh says their staff members…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login