COVID-19 BULLETIN #245

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Public health officials advise five additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 40s from the Northern health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Interlake–Eastern region;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Manor;
• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.1 per cent and 243 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, due to a data correction there is total net new cases of 242 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 7,419.
The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.2 per cent. Officials advise this number does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg.
Today’s data shows:
• 17 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 23 cases in the Northern health region;
• 15 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 52 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 136 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 4,286 active cases and 3,037 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 161 people in hospital with 20 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 96.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,212 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 275,342. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
Opening today, the Minor Illness and Injury Clinic will offer COVID-19 testing and serve as the second community medical clinic. The site will be a drive-thru format in the parking lot of Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus at 2055 Notre Dame Ave. in Winnipeg. For information on hours of operation and to make an appointment visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.
Prairie Mountain Health advises a new appointment-based indoor COVID-19 testing site will open in Swan River on Monday, Nov. 9 and resume regular hours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 621 Main St. (former CMHA Building). The designated drive-up testing site at the Swan Valley Primary Care Centre parking lot in Swan River will close at 1 p.m. today.
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at The Pas Homeless Shelter–Oscar’s Place in The Pas, Maplewood Manor in Steinbach, and the St. Norbert personal care home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
Other possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick.
• Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
Public health officials are also advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and Southern Health–Santé Sud region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.
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.
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.
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