COVID-19 BULLETIN #344

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Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
•    a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is five per cent provincially and 3.8 per cent in Winnipeg.As of 9:30 a.m. today, 100 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 99 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,687.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
•    two cases in Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    39 cases in the Northern health region;
•    three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    12 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
•    44 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows:
•    1,628 active cases and 28,193 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
•    86 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 144 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 230 hospitalizations;
•    11 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 28 ICU patients; and
•    the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 866. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,560 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 499,259.

Some COVID-19 testing locations across the province will have reduced hours for Louis Riel Day. Visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html for regular and holiday hours at test locations.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

An outbreak has been declared at Red River Place Personal Care Home in Selkirk.  The facility has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

In partnership with the chief and council from Cross Lake First Nation, provincial public health officials continue to see a trend of concerning case numbers in Cross Lake and are working with the community and other partners to address the situation. The chief and council have directed that public gatherings are not permitted and community residents are required to stay at home. People should only leave their residence to seek testing or medical care, or to send one person from a household for essential supplies. People who work in essential services are able to leave their residence for work. Non-medical masks must be worn outside the home.

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 reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Manitobans are encouraged to travel only if essential and be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online COVID-19 self-assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

Due to the Monday Feb. 15 Louis Riel Day holiday, there will be no bulletin or media briefing.  Both will resume Tuesday Feb. 16.

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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