COVID-19 BULLETIN #362

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Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a female in her 20s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Park Manor Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.2 per cent provincially and 2.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 51 new cases of the virus have been identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 32,051.

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

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• zero cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 26 cases in the Northern health region;
• zero cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 22 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 1,143 active cases and 30,005 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 62 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 119 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 181 hospitalizations;
• nine people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 15 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 24 ICU patients;
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 903; and
• the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases of B.1.1.7 is six and B.1.351 is two, bringing the total number of confirmed variant of concern cases to eight.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,227 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 531,949.

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/.

Provincial public health officials continue to see a trend of concerning case numbers in Mathias Colomb Cree Nation (Pukatwagan), and are working with the chief, council 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 as of today at midnight. 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, and not visiting with others. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should be 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.

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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