COVID-19 BULLETIN #37

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Public health officials advise seven additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 103 at this time.

The data also shows:
•    three individuals are currently hospitalized including two in intensive care,
•    four individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and
•    the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba remains at one.

Public health officials have also confirmed that a staff member at Selkirk Regional Health Centre has tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual worked in the health centre’s emergency department and medicine ward from March 19 to 23.  Public health, occupational health and infection prevention and control staff are working together to investigate this case and followup with all identified close staff and patient contacts.

Public health will directly contact people who had prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (within two metres) contact with the individual when symptomatic.  These individuals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of last exposure and monitor for symptoms.

Dates and times of possible exposure include:
•    March 19 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
•    March 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
•    March 21 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department;
•    March 22 from 11:45 p.m. to March 23 7:45 a.m. in the Selkirk Regional Health Centre Emergency Department.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 378 tests Monday.  As of March 31, a total of 8,914 tests have been performed.

Public health is also advising that people remain within or close to their home communities.  This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only.  Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.

Under The Public Health Act, new public health orders take effect April 1.  Additional details are available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/soe.html.  Public health officials continue to strongly advise all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any recreational, tourist or non-essential international or domestic travel.  In addition, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel must self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This does not include:
•    workers involved with the commercial transportation of goods and services,
•    workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work,
•    health-care workers who travel to work from outside the province,
•    normal personal travel in border communities.

As Manitoba’s health system continues with preparations to ensure the province is prepared to meet the needs of patients and to ensure appropriate protection from COVID-19 is available to health-care workers, donations of the following supplies are now welcome:
•    N95 respirators of various models and sizes, both hospital and industrial grade;
•    surgical/procedure masks;
•    gloves;
•    disposable gowns and
•    disinfectants and cleaners.

Supplies must be in original packaging, clean and in useable condition.  Expired supplies are not able to be accepted.

For more information on donating supplies, visit https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/supply-donations/  or call (toll-free) 1-833-408-0101.

There are 16 community testing sites in Manitoba, including seven drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the coming days.  The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics.  Information on locations and hours of operation are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

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