• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #286

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


December 15, 2020


Public health officials advise nine additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre;

• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Park Manor Care Home;

• a female in her 90s from the Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the outbreak at the Kin Place;

• a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to the outbreak at Fairview Home;

• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre; and

• a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Holy Family Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 14.2 per cent provincially and 13.4 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 272 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case was removed due to a data correction, making the net total 271 and brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 21,535.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

• 15 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;

• 53 cases in the Northern health region;

• 49 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

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

• 130 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 5,762 active cases and 15,265 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 311 people in hospital, with 44 people in intensive care due to COVID-19; and

• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 508.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,561 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 392,078. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The outbreaks declared at Vita and District Transitional Care Centre in Vita and Cedarwood Supporting Housing in Steinbach are over.

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.

At this time, there is a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Only eligible front-line health providers will be immunized with the first 900 doses, which are expected this week. Members of the public have been calling for appointments, which means eligible health-care providers cannot get through. If you are not an eligible front-line health provider, do not call for an appointment. More information will be shared with the public about immunization clinics as the supply of vaccine increases.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting your workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/fundamentals/self-isolation.html.

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

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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