COVID-19 BULLETIN #156

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Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.25 per cent. Forty new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 643.
The data shows there were:
• 25 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• five new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
• 10 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.
Preliminary investigations are ongoing but indicate the majority of Prairie Mountain Health cases continue to be linked to previously announced cases in Brandon, with early indications of community transmission. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.
The data also shows:
• nine current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
• 246 active cases and 389 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.
Testing numbers show an additional 2,288 laboratory tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 110,492.
Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.
Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
Public health officials are advising of two potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first potential exposure was on Aug. 7 at the Sobey’s at 1570 18th St. in Brandon and Aug. 10 at the Minnedosa Hospital at 334 First St.
The second exposure is on Aug. 9 at the Cartwright Town and Country Golf Club, along PTH 3, just west of Cartwright.
While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, new the COVID-19 dashboard with new health districts offering data at the local level and possible exposures can be found by visiting www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
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