• Myrna Driedger


Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin

August 20, 2020

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.9 per cent. Thirty-three new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 796. 

The data shows there were:

• 17 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• 10 new case in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and

• six new cases in the Winnipeg health region. 

Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks. 

The data also shows:

• 247 active cases and 537 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 12.

Due to a technical issue, the current status of hospitalizations and intensive care patients is not available but will be updated in future bulletins. 

The Prairie Mountain Health region will be elevated to the restricted level according to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System immediately. More details are forthcoming. 

Public Health officials are advising of two potential exposures to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first exposure was Aug. 8, at Manipogo Provincial Park, located off PTH 276 on Lake Manitoba. The second exposure was Aug. 8 at a Crocus Soccer field, located at 930 First St. in Brandon. Additional details will be updated here https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.

While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear. 

Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while feeling ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering coughs and physical distancing when with people outside your household. If you cannot physical distance, wear a mask. 

Testing numbers show an additional 1,596 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 119,210.

Unless recommended by Public Health, 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. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

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

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