Steinbach, a little city of 20,000 is usually a tranquil place in Manitoba’s Bible belt.
We citizens of Steinbach are proud of our town’s reputation as the cleanest city in North America. We’re known as being the most generous people in Canada. This spring, while the world groaned under the pressures of a pandemic, Steinbach was pleasantly insulated, experiencing super-low numbers of Covid cases. Local headlines read “Zero New Cases” and “One New Case, over 200 Recovered”, lending us a sense of safety and peace even while the world around us was aflame with infection.
Then autumn came, and our reckoning with it.
Locally, Covid began spreading like wildfire until, in November, Steinbach was given another number that set them apart from the nation. We now had “one of the highest infection rates in the country.”