COVID-19 BULLETIN #253

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Public health officials advise 15 additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today that range from Nov. 2 to 13 and include:
• a female in her 60s, a female in her 70s, two females in their 80s, three males in their 80s, three females in their 90s, a male in his 90s all 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 St. Boniface hospital;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.4 per cent provincially and 13.1 per cent in Winnipeg, and 239 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, two cases were removed due to being out of province and a data correction. This brings the net new cases to 237 and the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 10,453.
Today’s data shows:
• 11 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 16 cases in the Northern health region;
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 40 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 163 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 6,410 active cases and 3,891 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 228 people in hospital with 34 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 152.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,971 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 307,056. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Public health officials have advised that an outbreaks have been declared at Victoria General Hospital unit 4 South in Winnipeg and Stony Mountain Institution in Stony Mountain, Menno Home in Grunthal, Salem Home in Winkler, Vita and District Personal Care Home in Vita and the Rod McGillivary Care Home in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. 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 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 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, 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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