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Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #250

COVID-19 Bulletin #250  (released November 11, 2020)

Public health officials advise nine additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today, including: 

• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the St. Boniface Hospital outbreak;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Parkview Place outbreak;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Misericordia Place Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Victoria hospital outbreak; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Seine River Retirement Residence, Assisted Living Facility cluster. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.7 per cent provincially and 10.8 per cent in Winnipeg, and 431 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 9,308. 

Today’s data shows:

• 32 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 33 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 101 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 252 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 5,676 active cases and 3,509 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 218 people in hospital with 32 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 123.

Laboratory testing numbers show 5,334 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 296,352. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.

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 urges Manitobans to not socialize with people from outside their household, to significantly reduce the number of close contacts 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, or when any member of your family is sick.
• 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.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. 

The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.

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.

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.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