COVID-19 BULLETIN #170

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Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.3 per cent and 32 new cases of the virus have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,096.

The data shows:
•    one new case in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
•    18 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    six new cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
•    seven cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    five current hospitalizations, with one individual in intensive care;
•    418 active cases and 664 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.

Preliminary investigations show that 14 of the cases announced today are close contacts of previously-announced cases. Additional case investigations are continuing and information will be updated when available.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,252 laboratory tests were completed on Thursday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 132,085.

Due to data system upgrades this weekend, hospitalization and intensive care unit data will not be available on Saturday. It is expected this data will be available on Sunday.

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.

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.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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