COVID-19 BULLETIN #232
Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin
October 25, 2020
Public health officials advise four deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported from the Winnipeg health region including:
• a male in his 50s;
• a female in her 90s, linked to an outbreak at Parkview Place;
• a female in her 80s; and
• a male in his 70s, linked to an outbreak at Parkview Place.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.9 per cent and 161 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. This brings the number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 4,249.
Today’s data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• seven cases in the Northern health region;
• four cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 30 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 110 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 2,053 active cases and 2,142 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 77 people in hospital and 15 people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 54.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,362 tests were completed on Friday and an additional 2,252 on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 240,639. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Outbreaks have been declared at Swan Valley Health Centre and Swan Valley Lodge Personal Care Home in Swan River, and both sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the Pandemic Response System. Additional precautions are being taken at the health centre and visitor restrictions are being put in place at the personal care home.
Public health officials are advising a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended a funeral in Norway House on Oct. 20 when they did not have symptoms but was in their infectious period. Public health officials will be notifying close contacts directly. Others who have attended the funeral should self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, people should self-isolate and seek testing.
With the growing number of cases in the Northern health region and Churchill, the province is introducing targeted measures under the Restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing close-prolonged contact between people. These measures will come into effect on Monday, Oct. 26, for a minimum of two weeks. For more information, visit:
Additional measures will be put in place for school in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the Northern health region under the Restricted Level (orange), effective Monday, Oct. 26. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/winnipeg/index.html#wmr_schools.
All other 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 socializing with people from outside their household to cut down the number of close contacts, 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:
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