• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #233

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


October 26, 2020


Public health officials advise one death due to COVID-19 has been reported from the Winnipeg region, a female in her 80s related to the outbreak at Parkview Place.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.1 per cent and 100 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 4,349. 

Today’s data shows:

• five cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;

• 10 cases in the Northern health region;

• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

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

• 73 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 2,117 active cases and 2,177 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 80 people in hospital and 15 people in intensive care; and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 55.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,131 tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 242,787. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials are advising a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended a funeral in Lake Manitoba First Nation on Oct. 12 when they did not have symptoms but was in their infectious period. Public health officials will be notifying close contacts directly. Others who attended the funeral should self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, people should self-isolate and seek testing.

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.

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 came into effect at midnight this morning, for a minimum of two weeks. For more information, visit: 

www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/northern/index.html#north_restrictions

Additional measures have been put in place for schools in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region and the Northern health region under the Restricted Level (orange), effective today. For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/winnipeg/index.html#wmr_schools

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to not socialize 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.

Public health guidance for Halloween trick-or-treating has been developed. If people do choose to participate in trick-or-treating this year, information is available on how to do it safely at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/halloween.html

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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