The Province says there will be COVID-19 testing facilities open on Thanksgiving.
Public health officials advise the 28th, 29th and 30th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 80s and a female in her 70s, both from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place, and a female in her 80s from Winnipeg linked to Heritage Lodge. These cases were previously announced.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.1 per cent and 84 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,428.
Today’s data shows:
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; and
• 64 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 933 active cases and 1,464 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 25 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 30.
Laboratory testing numbers show 3,196 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 203,905. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Additional testing capacity will be available in the coming days including:
• capacity to expand COVID-19 testing at 2735 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg on Saturday, Oct. 10 to perform at least 240 additional tests a day; and
• the opening of a new, drive-thru testing site at 1066 Nairn Ave. on Oct. 13. The site will add immediate additional capacity in Winnipeg, performing up to 200 tests a day starting Oct. 13 and increasing capacity to 400 tests a day starting Oct. 15.
Testing for COVID-19 is available on Thanksgiving Monday at the community testing sites at:
• 1181 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg;
• 1284 Main St. in Winnipeg;
• 2735 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg;
• 604 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg;
• the Van Horne location entrance off of Van Horne Avenue East in Brandon;
• 622 Superior Ave. in Selkirk;
• Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave. in Eriksdale;
• Pine Falls Health Complex at 37 Maple St. in Pine Falls;
• Southland Mall at R10-777 Norquay Dr. in Winkler;
• 365 Reimer Ave. in Steinbach; and
• Portage Avenue and Fifth Street SE in Portage la Prairie.
Visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html for more information.
Public health officials are advised about additional possible exposures at the following schools:
• University of Winnipeg Collegiate at 515 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 28 and 30, and Oct. 5 and 7. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they develop.
• Kleefeld School at 101 Friesen Ave. in Kleefeld on Oct. 1 and 2. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise the cohort to self-isolate and move to remote learning.
With Thanksgiving this weekend, public health is providing guidelines for how to enjoy fall holidays and celebrations while reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.html#holidays.
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.