Interagency committee keeping Nipawin informed while COVID cases rise

NIPAWIN — While the province watches as COVID cases rise across the province, the Town of Nipawin is working on ways to share information among their residents and businesses.

The Interagency Pandemic Oversight Committee, an informal emergency operations centre consisting of 20 organizations from across the town, have been meeting for the last few weeks to, “share resources and communication about COVID in our area and makes sure each organization is aware of how each agency is handling...education, chamber, social services, housing, health,” said Rennie Harper, Nipawin’s mayor.

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While they do not make any decisions regarding the pandemic, Harper said they have been mobilizing to assist those residents and communities that are in need of supplies.

“It's a way for all of these organizations, the hospital and the health authority and others to communicate together about what's going on about the numbers and how can we help somebody.”

The group also has been releasing messaging about public health orders like mandatory masking across the province and staying home as much as possible.

Harper understands that people are tired of COVID and pandemic measures but she urges people to be vigilant.

“We have to keep focusing on it, we have to keep going. Otherwise, the numbers will get higher here. And that's what I'm concerned about. Our numbers have been reasonable, let's keep them like that.”

As of Nov. 30, there are 68 active cases in the 12 communities in the North East 1 zone, which includes Nipawin, Arborfield, Carrot River, Cumberland House and Zenon Park.

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