• Myrna Driedger


Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin

October 10, 2020

Public health officials advise the 31st and 32nd deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 90s and a female in her 80s, both from Winnipeg. These cases were previously announced. 

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three per cent and 97 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,524.

Today’s data shows:

• nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 

• one case in the Northern health region; 

• seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• 74 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 1,017 active cases and 1,475 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 24 people in hospital and four people in intensive care; and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 32. 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,196 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 205,552. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

With Thanksgiving this weekend, public health officials are reminding Manitobans that residents of personal care homes are very vulnerable to COVID-19. Any visits over the Thanksgiving weekend should be planned with caution. Guidelines for how to enjoy fall holidays and celebrations while reducing the potential spread of COVID-19 are available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.html#holidays.

Public health officials are advised about additional possible exposures at the following school: 

• École Secondaire Neelin High School in Brandon on Oct. 2. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence the infection was acquired in school. Those identified as close contacts have been contacted by public health and provided instructions for self-isolation (quarantine). 

Testing for COVID-19 is available on Thanksgiving Monday at community testing sites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Selkirk, Eriksdale, Powerview–Pine Falls, Winkler, Steinbach, and Portage la Prairie. Visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html for more information.

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 at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

Due to the long weekend, the regularly scheduled Monday in-person update will move to Tuesday, Oct. 13. Bulletins will continue to be posted every day.

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

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:


Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.

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