September 24, Naomi and I joined many other Manitobans at the MTS Centre to listen to Michelle Obama. She talked, more than anything else about children. She spent much of her time at the White House in ensuring her own children were doing well. She also spent much of her time at the White House in addressing how we can improve the physical and mental health of children. One part of her message came across loud and clear "we set the bar too low" - when it comes to our children. We need to "end the limited expectations." We need to "fill kids with possibilities."
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