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COVID-19 Information: Latest updates for Manitobans and resources for health providers.
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National Infection Prevention and Control Week is October 19-23 but Infection Prevention and Control is important every week!

Practice proper hand hygiene, stay home if you are ill, maintain physical distancing and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. Hear more from Dr. John Embil, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Medical Lead for Infection Prevention and Control. https://vimeo.com/469882642/49925c9ae0

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic health care providers working on the front lines have received recognition, random acts of kindness and the appreciation of their communities. And deservedly so! Across Manitoba, thousands of health care workers stepped forward in the spring of 2020 to help, to provide care and to support their communities at a time when most citizens were being asked to stay home to stay safe.

Protecting these valuable physicians, nurses, allied health providers, health care aides, cleaners and support staff, among many other valued staff, is largely the responsibility of an unsung group of health care heroes, whose work behind the scenes is vital to the continued safe provision of care at all times and in all settings but which is of fundamental importance during the fight against COVID-19.

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COVID-19 bulletin #230

Public health officials advise the 48th death due to COVID-19 has been reported, a male in his 80s from Winnipeg health region. The case is linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place and was previously announced.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.5 per cent and 163 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, a case was removed due to a data correction. This brings the total net new cases today to 162 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,935.

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COVID-19 testing appointments now available at rural, Northern Manitoba sites

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living advises that starting on Monday, Oct. 26, COVID-19 testing appointments will be able to be made at testing sites in Dauphin, Swan River, Brandon (Keystone Centre site), Winkler, Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Flin Flon, The Pas and Thompson.

First rolled out in Winnipeg on Oct. 19, the new, appointment-based scheduling system for COVID-19 tests is being implemented in the communities to make it easier for people to access testing. Appointments are not required at drive thru locations.

People can call 1-855-268-4318 (toll-free) or go online to make appointments to get a COVID-19 test at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#appointment.

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COVID-19 bulletin #229

Public health officials advise the 44th, 45th, 46th and 47th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported:

  • a male in his 80s and a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and are linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
  • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and
  • a male in his 80s from the Interlake–Eastern health region.
  • All the cases were previously announced.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.6 per cent and 147 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,773.

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COVID-19 bulletin #228

Public health officials advise the 43rd death due to COVID-19 has been reported, a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region. This case was previously announced and is connected to the outbreak at Parkview Place.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.8 per cent and 135 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. and brings the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,626.

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COVID-19 bulletin #227

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.3 per cent and 110 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, a case was removed due to duplication. This brings the total net new cases today to 109 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,491.

Today’s data shows:
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 11 cases in the Northern health region;
• two case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 88 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

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COVID-19 bulletin #226

With the growing number of cases in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, the province has introduced targeted measures under the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close, prolonged contact  between people.

New COVID-19 public health orders were issued for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region by the chief provincial public health officer today. These orders come into effect at 11 p.m. tonight and remain in effect until 11 p.m. on Nov. 2. These orders replace the orders issued on Oct. 7.

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Health Care workers needed in Manitoba’s fight against COVID-19

Manitoba’s fight against COVID-19 is seeking caring and skilled health care workers to fill a variety of paid roles across Manitoba, Lanette Siragusa, Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health, announced earlier today.

“Health care workers are on the front lines of Manitoba’s fight against COVID-19,” said Siragusa. “Across the province, compassionate and caring individuals have stepped up to ensure we are able to continue offering the services and support needed by those most vulnerable in our community but we need additional help in a variety of direct care and behind-the-scenes areas.”

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Province helping protect Manitobans by enhancing access to COVID-19 testing, test results

Appointment-Based Testing Launching in Winnipeg, Positive Test Results to be Available Online: Friesen

The Manitoba government is introducing new, more convenient ways for people to access COVID-19 testing in Winnipeg and positive test results online, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“As we roll out these new initiatives, Manitobans who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be able to get tested faster and receive their results more quickly online,” said Friesen. “We are making improvements every day to reduce wait times and keep people safe.”

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COVID-19 bulletin #225

Public health officials advise the 41st and 42nd deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 80s and a male in his 70s, both from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Heritage Lodge outbreak. These cases were previously announced.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.2 per cent and 80 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,382.

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Province partners with Doctors Manitoba to expand COVID-19 testing capacity

The Manitoba government and Doctors Manitoba are working together to enable COVID-19 testing at community medical clinics by physicians, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“Having community-based doctors’ offices offering COVID-19 testing is another way in which we are boosting screening capacity in Manitoba,” Friesen said. “Our government has expanded screening capacity in the past weeks, adding new sites in Winnipeg and Brandon, expanding the ability for other health-care workers to be deployed to screening sites and reducing wait times for a COVID-19 test. We are pleased to be partnering with Doctors Manitoba to provide Manitobans with yet another option to get tested.”

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COVID-19 bulletin #224

Public health officials advise the 39th and 40th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a male in his 70s and a female in her 70s, both from the Winnipeg health region. These cases were previously announced.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.7 per cent and 44 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,302.

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COVID-19 bulletin #223

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.9 per cent and 85 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,258.

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

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COVID-19 bulletin #222

With the growing number of cases in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, the province is introducing targeted measures under the Restricted (Orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close-prolonged contact  between people.

These measures will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 19, for a minimum of two weeks, and include:
• closing all beverage rooms, entertainment facilities, casinos and bingo halls;
• lowering indoor and outdoor gathering sizes from 10 to five,
o the five-person limit does not apply to household members for private gatherings inside the home;
• reducing group/table sizes in restaurants and lounges from 10 to five and formally reducing capacity at these locations to 50 per cent;
• formally reducing capacity at retail businesses to 50 per cent, including lowering gathering sizes from 10 to five in food courts and common areas;
• reducing the number of spectators to 25 per cent of a site’s capacity for after-school activities and sporting events;
• formally reducing the capacity of museums, galleries and libraries to 50 per cent and requiring sites to collect contact information for all attendees; and
• requiring gyms and fitness centres to collect contact information for all attendees.

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COVID-19 bulletin #221

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.2 per cent and 75 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,173.

Today’s data shows:
• seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• two cases in the Northern health region;
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• two cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
• 63 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

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