The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Manitoba has grown to 42 as public health announced another two on Monday.

According to the latest update, these were previously announced cases linked to the Heritage Lodge outbreak in Winnipeg. They are a woman in her 80s and a man in his 70s.

As well, 80 new cases of the virus were identified as of 9:30 a.m. Monday bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,382.

Today’s data shows:
• four cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• five cases in the Northern health region;
• six case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 14 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 51 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

There are 1,743 active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba with 1,597 individuals who have recovered. Additionally, 28 people are in hospital with six people in intensive care.

According to public health data, 1,677 lab tests were completed Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed in Manitoba since early February to 226,594. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.2 per cent.

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Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. Click here for up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions. 

Meantime, additional public health restrictions took effect today in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region. Read more: More COVID-19 Restrictions Coming Monday For Winnipeg Metropolitan Area

These targeted measures under the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System will be in place for a minimum of two weeks.

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 here, as well as a list of COVID-19 symptoms.