• Myrna Driedger


Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin

October 21, 2020

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.  Today’s data shows: • 17 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; • four cases in the Northern health region; • 12 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and • 102 cases in the Winnipeg health region. The data also shows: • 1,774 active cases and 1,809 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; • hospital and ICU data is not available due to a technical issue related to the data refresh and the data will be posted as soon as it is available; and  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 43. Laboratory testing numbers show 1,861 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 230,641. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 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. 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. - 30 -

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