Manitoba Public Health is reporting two additional COVID-19 related deaths in the province Monday. This brings the provincial number of deaths due to the novel Coronavirus to 34.
Officials say one is a previously announced case, a woman in her 100s from Winnipeg linked to the Parkview Place outbreak. The other is a man in his 40s from Winnipeg.
Meantime, there are 77 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba as of 9:30 am Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 2,655.
The Winnipeg Health Region once again reported the highest case-load with 56.
According to the updated data;
• five new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• five new cases in the Northern health region;
• two new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• nine new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
As well, the data also shows there are 1,131 active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, while 1,490 individuals have recovered. Currently, there are 25 people in hospital, four people in intensive care.
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.
Meantime, public health says 1,871 tests were completed Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed in Manitoba 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.
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. Click here to access the Province's online assessment tool.
Chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, is strongly encouraging 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.