COVID-19 BULLETIN #251

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Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including:
•    a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a male in his 80s from Southern Health-Santé Sud and linked to the outbreak at the Bethesda Regional Health Care medicine unit;
•    a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home;
•    a female in her 80s from the from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home; and
•    a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Holy Family Long Term Care.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11 per cent provincially and 11.4 per cent in Winnipeg, and 474 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 9,782.

Today’s data shows:
·    26 cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
·    20 cases in the Northern health region;
·    19 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
·    94 cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
·    315 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
·    6,030 active cases and 3,620 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    there are 227 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
·    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 132.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,717 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 300,169. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at River East Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Effective today, Nov. 12, the entire province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to halt COVID-19 transmission and protect Manitoba’s most vulnerable. To learn more about restrictions and the measures in place visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

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 that 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 personal protective equipment while at work, such as health-care workers, first responders or teachers and educational assistants. 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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