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Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #205

COVID-19 Bulletin #205   (released September 30, 2020)

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is two per cent and 40 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,993. 

The data shows:

• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• one case in the Northern health region;
• four cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
• 31 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 599 active cases and 1,374 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 13 people in hospital and seven people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 20. 

Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 1,955 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 184,491. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Calvary Place Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 

Public health officials have advised the following school about possible exposures:

• Glenlawn Collegiate in Winnipeg on Sept. 25:  based on the public health investigation, this exposure was assessed to be low risk and the infection is not believed to have been acquired at the school.

Public health officials have advised the following childcare centre about possible exposures:

• Les enfants précieux child-care centre in Winnipeg on Sept. 18:  based on the public health investigation, this exposure was assessed to be low risk and the infection is not believed to have been acquired at the school or at the child-care centre. 

In addition, the public is being advised of possible exposures at these sites:

• La Roca, 155 Smith St., Winnipeg:  Sept. 26 from approximately 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and
• Pentecostal House of Prayer, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation:  Sept. 27 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, 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.
• Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
• 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. 

Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials. 

The online assessment tool can be found at 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