• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #227

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


October 20, 2020


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.

The data also shows:

• 1,746 active cases and 1,703 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 32 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 42.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,149 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 228,713. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Golden West Centennial Lodge, Misericordia Place and Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg. All three facilities have been elevated to red on the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at Bird’s Hill School at 3950 Raleigh St. in Winnipeg. The school has been elevated to orange on the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 

The outbreak at John Pritchard School has been declared over and the school has returned to normal restrictions (yellow) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 

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.

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: 

https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

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