A large group of people gathered today in Memorial Park, near the Manitoba Legislature, to emphasize the importance of safety for workers. We have had too many deaths in Manitoba. The banner in the top photo speaks to the death of Todd Maytwayashing who died far too young at a Manitoba worksite. We need to be sure the measures are taken to prevent deaths like Todd's. All workers should be given the opportunity when they work to be in a safe work environment!
Manitoba implemented physical distancing measures in mid-March. South Dakota has still not made physical distancing mandatory. The result is a dramatic difference in the incidence of covid-19 viral infections between the two jurisdictions. This graph shows the number of people with Covid-19 infections from March 27 to April 14. Manitoba ( red line ) started leveling off about April 4 and has seen only a small increase in Covid-19 infections since then. South Dakota ( blue line ) has seen a dramatic increase in Covid-19 infections since April 4. Those who are skeptical of the impact of physical distancing in Manitoba should look at this graph! Data are from the Johns Hopkins daily tabulations