The province is advising the public of two potential COVID-19 exposures in Carberry.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.1 per cent and 36 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 2,029.
The data shows:
• four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• two in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• two cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
• 28 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 621 active cases and 1,388 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 15 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 1,803 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 186,668. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Public health officials have advised the following school about possible exposures:
• Carberry Collegiate in Carberry: a second case was at the school on Monday, Sept. 21. No close contacts have been identified and the infection was not acquired at school.
In addition, the public is being advised of possible exposures at:
• Subway, 200 First Ave., Carberry on Sept. 26 from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Health Canada COVID Alert app is now available to Manitoba residents and provides digital COVID-19 exposure alerts once the app is downloaded to a smartphone. It is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app stores. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/covidalert.html.
Manitobans are encouraged to continue seeking care for their medical needs including routine appointments and immunizations. Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7 the requirement for non-medical masks in all Manitoba health facilities will extend to doctors’ offices and community service providers affiliated with Manitoba’s health regions. Anyone seeking treatment in or visiting a public health-care setting will be required to bring and wear a non-medical mask. Accommodations do exist for those who are not able to wear a mask for medical reasons.
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.