Manitoba wants volunteers to help at health-care facilities, COVID-19 testing sites: premier

Premier Brian Pallister is calling on Manitobans to volunteer at COVID-19 testing sites and within health-care facilities, as the province continues to see climbing case numbers and hospitalizations, along with stricter restrictions.

Pallister said at a news conference Tuesday morning that the province is asking qualified Manitobans to register to become health system volunteers using Help Next Door MB, an online tool the province launched in March. 

Volunteers are needed to help with various tasks at COVID-19 test sites, to support screening at health facilities and provide other health system supports to assist our front-line workers, the premier said.

“Manitobans have a long and very proud history of stepping up in times of need,” he said.

“This is indeed a time of need for many Manitobans.”

Those interested can create a profile on the app, and select their region of the province and area of interest. 

If and when their application is approved, the volunteer’s contact information will be shared with their regional health authority to follow up.

In addition, Pallister also said that the province will be stepping up its engagement efforts, including a weekly telephone town hall with provincial officials on various topics. 

He said as of Tuesday morning, nearly 3,000 people had taken part in an online survey about a potential curfew.