• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #132

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


July 16, 2020


Public health officials advise the current five-day test positivity rate is 0.16 per cent and one new case of COVID-19 has been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is now 331. 

Today’s case is a male in his 30s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. The investigation is ongoing and any additional information will be provided as needed once investigations are complete to inform people of any public health risks.

The data also shows:

• no individuals are in hospital,

• six active cases and 318 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

An additional 734 tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests performed since early February to 73,042. 

With summer in full swing now, it is important to remember to maintain physical distancing at the beach too. Standard physical distancing practices should be followed, including two metres or six feet of separation from other beach users outside a family group, and four metres or 12 feet of separation between each group’s towels and blankets on the beach to allow for foot traffic to and from the water. More information on guidelines for Manitoba beaches can be found at:

www.gov.mb.ca/sd/parks/provincial-park-beaches/index.html.

Manitoba Parks has reinstated the life-jacket loaner program at 11 provincial parks. There will be some occasional cleaning efforts made, but after consulting with public health officials, it has been determined the risk of transmission would be relatively low and was balanced against the risk of drowning if someone needs a life jacket. Park visitors are still encouraged to bring their own life jackets if they are a non-swimmer. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:

https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

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