On Sunday morning, Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the subject of mandatory mask use within the province of Manitoba in a rather simple tweet:
“Brian Pallister, it’s time for universal mask mandate. Why not? Let’s take care of each other.”
The Province of Manitoba has seen its COVID-19 numbers rise since July 14, when its ‘second wave’ fully began. Since its first cases on March 12, case numbers dropped down to just one active case on July 13, before now climbing to a COVID-19 pandemic-high of 363 total active cases on September 21.
Manitoba has experienced 18 deaths related to COVID-19, 1,608 total cases with eight people currently hospitalized. Two Manitobans remain in intensive care units, while 1,227 people have recovered from COVID-19. The current ‘test positive rate’ is at 1.8 percent. Following two weeks of school classes, nine different elementary, junior high and high schools have experienced cases of the virus within school walls (Churchill High, New Era School, Daniel McIntyre, John Pritchard, Beaverlodge Elementary, St. Aidan’s Christian, Gordon Bell High, Garden City Collegiate and Meadows School).
Mask use is currently mandatory in all schools for children grades four and up, as well as in all provincial hockey rinks. Various other Manitoban businesses/corporations including MPI, MLCC and all casinos within the province. 34 different US states have mask mandates, while many municipalities within Ontario have mask mandates in place, including Toronto.
Never one to shy away from the online realm of social media, Wheeler, now 34, has recently advocated for change following the killing of George Floyd near his hometown of Plymouth, MN. as well as his short response of “No.” to US President Donald Trump following his urging of Minnesota to end its systemic lockdown. Wheeler earlier admitted to ensuring his wife Sam proofreads his tweets before officially ‘posting’ them online.
Wheeler has been with the Winnipeg Jets since the team’s arrival in Manitoba’s capital in 2011. He has served as team captain for the past four seasons. He has skated in 931 regular season games, while scoring 264 goals and 761 points over this 13-year NHL career. Wheeler most recently put up 22 goals and 65 points in 71 games this past season.