Dear Southern Health-Santé Sud Community

As Manitoba is cautiously relaxing some restrictions on the COVID-19 public health orders, it remains critical that we all continue to respect social and physical distancing requirements, to practice strict hand hygiene, and to stay home if we are ill. The next few weeks will provide all Manitobans with the opportunity to slowly move away from some of the restrictions that have been in place over the past several months. It remains important to keep in mind that this ‘new normal’ is not business as usual and it will take some time to define as we assess and respond to the outcome of the gradual lifting of restrictions. The constant is that we must each continue to do our part to prevent the spread of this virus.

We know that caring for our mental health is important as we navigate this ‘new normal’. Moments of uncertainty, such as what we are experiencing, can potentially have an impact on our mental well-being and we are here for you. For more information, please visit our public website to access mental health resources to help you care for yourself and others who may need support. Appreciating the value of these resources and many other support organizations in the province and beyond, we share this in the spirit of encouraging those in need to:  reach out because you are not alone. The wellbeing of our community is more resilient when people work together with shared purpose for a healthier tomorrow.

It is in the essence of ‘coming together’ that we would like to invite you to Shine a Blue Light - an initiative sparked in community to boost the morale and spirit of health care staff, first responders and essential workers. Whether it’s our home, yard, or business, we can join together even while we keep our distance by turning on a blue light every night – a sign of solidarity to show essential workers how much we care, also displaying our understanding that social distancing not only keeps us safe, it keeps THEM safe too.
In closing, we would like to thank you once again for the outpouring of community support. Friends, family, and community members all over the region are continuously encouraging health care workers at the forefront of the health care system. Community partners, businesses, and individuals have and continue to make important contributions.  On behalf of Southern Health-Santé Sud and to the Southern Health-Santé Sud community – thank you!


Abe G. Bergen, Board Chair
Jane Curtis, Chief Executive Officer