Danielle Da Silva, Winnipeg Free Press

Danielle Da Silva

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Recent articles by Danielle:

Manitoba doctor accused of assaulting more patients

A rural Manitoba doctor is facing new charges of sexual assault following allegations of abuse by more than 20 patients he treated over the course of nearly 15 years. → Read More

Manitoba preps for age 5-11 vaccine rollout

Children ages five to 11 could receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as late November, as Manitoba’s vaccine task force fine-tunes its plans to start delivering the shot in anticipation of Health Canada approval. Task force medical lead Dr. Joss Reimer said Wednesday her team is preparing to offer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to that age range at the end of November. → Read More

'I would have done anything to be with him'

DESPITE desperate pleas to be at her husband’s bedside during his 18-hour stay at the Health Sciences Centre emergency department, Theresa Jobse was only granted a few, fleeting hours with her partner of 46 years before he died. The grieving family is calling for changes to hospital visitation policy so other patients do not have to suffer without the support and comfort of loved ones. → Read More

Manitoba opens door to pharmacy-based rapid COVID-19 testing

Travellers who need a rapid COVID-19 test can now book a swab at a nearby pharmacy.On Monday, Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon announced pharmacists can now perform, interpret and provide test results from rapid COVID-19 antigen or molecular tests to travellers, under a new emergency order. → Read More

Tory ministers apologize for not wearing masks at gala

Two Manitoba cabinet ministers have apologized for not wearing masks while posing for photos at a Winnipeg Art Gallery event. Health Minister Audrey Gordon and Families Minister Rochelle Squires both apologized Monday after photos from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Qaumajuq Ball on Saturday were posted to social media, including Squires' Facebook profile, showing them standing with a group of… → Read More

Health care administrators brace as requirement for vaccination or testing set to kick in

Thousands of frontline, essential workers will start their day with a nasal swab before heading into hospitals, daycares and schools across Manitoba as public health orders requiring rapid COVID-19 testing or vaccination come into force today. → Read More

Vaccine success, suspicion on First Nations

As the date for Long Plain First Nation to host its annual powwow approached, community leaders were carefully weighing whether to move forward with the long-awaited gathering scheduled for a three-day stretch in mid-September. In a typical year, the celebration would draw upwards of 1,000 people from across Western Canada and the United States to the community south of Portage la Prairie. → Read More

Norway House school outbreak leads to community lockdown

WHAT began as a few cases of COVID-19 among school kids in Norway House has quickly swelled into a significant outbreak involving more than 170 people, driven by crowded classrooms and inadequate housing on the northern First Nation. → Read More

Province tries to curb COVID spread in South

Southern Manitoba will face new self-isolation rules after the province announced Tuesday that the majority of COVID-19 related deaths over the long weekend came from the province’s least-vaccinated health district. → Read More

COVID-19 infections increase on Manitoba reserves

As the spread of COVID-19 on Manitoba reserves grows, the First Nations pandemic response team has warned its resources to manage outbreaks will be slim throughout this fourth wave. → Read More

Veteran crew member dies in fall at Rainbow Stage

A cherished member of the local theatre community is being mourned and a workplace safety investigation is underway following a fatal fall at Rainbow Stage. John Shopka, 71, died Monday after a midday incident at the iconic Winnipeg theatre in Kildonan Park. → Read More

Breakthrough symptoms flying under radar

A slight cough, a fleeting headache or a mild sore throat may be the only sign the virus that causes COVID-19 has infected someone fully vaccinated against the disease. “Most people who are vaccinated and get infected experience (symptoms) like a cold,” Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for Manitoba's COVID-19 vaccine task force, said Wednesday. → Read More

Province recommends boosters for health-care workers, people immunized with AZ, Janssen vaccines

Manitoba health-care workers and people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with either AstraZeneca or the single-dose Janssen vaccine are now eligible for a booster shot of an mRNA vaccine. → Read More

Province cracks down, targets unvaccinated in new public-health measures

With COVID-19 intensive-care unit admissions climbing in Manitoba, the province will introduce new public health restrictions targeting unvaccinated people starting Tuesday. Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said as of Tuesday the province will move to orange-restricted on the pandemic-response system. → Read More

Staff refusing vaccinations at some rural care homes

MOST personal care home workers in Manitoba have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but some rural facilities are preparing to test up to a third of their employees who have so far refused to be immunized. → Read More

COVID death a tragic reminder to remain vigilant

Family and friends of a retired Winnipeg real estate executive are issuing a sombre reminder to Manitobans to remain vigilant against COVID-19 — even those who are fully vaccinated — after he caught the virus and died. Arch Honigman died Sept. → Read More

Regional reintroduction of pandemic restrictions not ruled out: Roussin

Manitoba reported two days of triple-digit COVID-19 case counts over the weekend, with the province’s top doctor saying enhanced public health restrictions may be considered in hard-hit regions.On Monday, the province provided updated COVID-19 case counts for a four-day period beginning Friday, with 366 new infections detected. → Read More

Southern Health infection rate sparks acceleration fears

People living in the Southern Health region are being infected with COVID-19 at a rate fivefold Manitoba's capital city, as small communities continue to grapple with low vaccine uptake and ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus. → Read More

Common cold, travel boost demand for COVID tests in Manitoba

Demand for COVID-19 tests in Manitoba is increasing, with cases of the common cold on the rise and travellers and employees seeking asymptomatic tests. On Wednesday afternoon, a line of at least 35 vehicles slowly snaked through the lane to the COVID-19 test centre on Nairn Avenue, with some people waiting up to 40 minutes to get into the testing bay. → Read More

Targeting the unvaccinated

This summer, a team of community health workers set out to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rate at a St. James-area Manitoba Housing complex. The effort was part of a pilot project led by the University of British Columbia and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada to raise immunization rates in communities in western Canada experiencing barriers to health care. → Read More