Manitoba is announcing over 500 new COVID-19 cases in one day, its largest count yet.
Public health officials advise seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported today including:
• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Maples Long-Term Care Home outbreak;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the Holy Family Personal Care Home outbreak;
• a male in his 80s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the Menno Home outbreak;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m., 546 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases were removed due to error, for a net total of 543 new cases. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 14,087.
Today’s data shows:
• 21 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 27 cases in the Northern health region;
• 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 118 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 368 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 8,498 active cases and 5,353 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 296 people in hospital with 52 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 236.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,798 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 333,694. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at the Flin Flon Personal Care Home in Flin Flon and the Charleswood Care Centre in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
The testing location in Selkirk is moving to the old hospital site at 100 Easton Dr. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The site will provide walk-in services, and will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by phone or online.
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 only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.
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.
An earlier release from the province stating 543 new cases of the virus have been identified has since been corrected.