Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #217
COVID-19 Bulletin #217 (released October 12, 2020)
Public health officials advise the 33rd and 34th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported. One is a previously announced case, a female in her 100s from Winnipeg linked to the Parkview Place outbreak. The other is male in his 40s from Winnipeg.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.3 per cent and 77 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,655.
Today’s data shows:
• five cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• five cases in the Northern health region;
• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• nine cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 56 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 1,131 active cases and 1,490 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 25 people in hospital and four people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 34.
Laboratory testing numbers show 1,871 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 210,902. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Testing for COVID-19 is available today at community testing sites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Selkirk, Eriksdale, Powerview–Pine Falls, Winkler, Steinbach and Portage la Prairie. More information can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html.
Additional possible exposures have been identified at the following school:
• Shaughnessy Park School at 1641 Manitoba Ave. in Winnipeg from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. Those identified as close contacts will be contacted by public health and provided instructions for self-isolation (quarantine). The cohort is being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
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 https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at http://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