COVID-19 BULLETIN #174

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Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent and 18 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,232.
The data shows:
• seven new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• two new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
• nine cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 459 active cases and 759 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• hospitalization information is delayed due to a technical issue and will be updated as soon as possible;
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.
Preliminary investigations indicate that two cases announced today from Prairie Mountain Health are residents at the Assiniboine Centre at the Brandon regional Health Centre. This brings the total number of cases associated with the centre to three patients and two health-care workers. Additional case investigations are continuing.
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 569 tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 138,060.
As students prepare to return to school, masks will be required on all school buses as passengers may be in close proximity for extended periods of time with no ability to physically distance from each other. This is a change from the previous requirement which only applied to Grade 4 and above. The new rule includes drivers, students and any other passengers on the bus.
Starting today, all visitors arriving at health-care facilities are required to wear a non-medical mask. This extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province.
While primary care clinics and other locations providing health services are not currently included in the mask requirement, all Manitobans are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when seeking care.
Public health advises of two potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first is at Warlock Tattoo, located at 2324 Park Ave. in Brandon. The second exposure is at the East Side Mario’s at 1570 18th St. in Brandon. Dates and times are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
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, practising proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot 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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