May 16, 2020
Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is 289.
The data also shows:
• two individuals are currently hospitalized, with one individual in intensive care;
• 25 active cases and 257 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.
As of yesterday, an additional 908 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 33,953.
It is important to note that while some gradual lifting of restrictions has begun, significant work to limit the spread of COVID-19 must continue. Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba and neighbouring jurisdictions, to essential trips only. If you travel for camping or to the cottage, you are reminded to take steps to maintain social distancing. With the long weekend here, Manitobans are reminded that travel is not permitted from southern Manitoba to areas, including campgrounds, north of the 53rd parallel, which is essentially anywhere north of the northern end of Lake Winnipeg.
Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links-Info Santé or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms is still encouraged to use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested.
Many community testing sites remain open as regularly scheduled this Saturday and Sunday. For Victoria Day, the Sargent Tommy Prince Place testing site and assessment clinic in Winnipeg will be open, as will the Bison Drive drive-thru site. Testing locations in Winkler and Selkirk will also be open. All other locations throughout the province will be closed on Monday and reopen on Tuesday.
For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.
Restoring Safe Services: Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for Recoveryis available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/. Businesses with questions about how the new orders apply to them should visit https://engagemb.ca/.
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at: https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.