COVID-19 BULLETIN #252

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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 Regional Health Authority;
•    a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
•    a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Maples Long Term Care Home; and
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.6 per cent provincially and 12.2 per cent in Winnipeg, and 437 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, three cases were removed due to being out-of-province and a data correction. This brings the net new cases to 434 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 10,216.

Today’s data shows:
·    33 cases in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority;
·    28 cases in the Northern health region;
·    20 cases in Prairie Mountain Health;
·    96 cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
·    260 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
·    6,307 active cases and 3,772 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
·    there are 231 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
·    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 137.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,335 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 303,559. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Two new COVID-19 testing sites are opening. A drive-up Winnipeg site opens today at 3975 Portage Ave. (Assiniboia Downs) while a drive-thru location located at 2007 Saskatchewan Ave. West (Manitoba Public Insurance building) in Portage la Prairie opens Monday. To view hours of operation visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home in Gilbert Plains, Seymour Pacific Developments Ltd. worksite in Brandon, Adult and Teen Challenge in Winnipeg, Golden Links Lodge in Winnipeg, Brooklyn Terrace in Steinbach and Reston School in Reston. 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.

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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