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COVID-19 BULLETIN #288

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


December 17, 2020


Public health officials advise 14 additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:

• a female in her 30s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;

• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a female in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a female in her 50s from the Interlake–Eastern health region.

• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;

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

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

• a male in his 80s from the Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the outbreak at the Kin Place;

• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre;

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

• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Maples Long Term Care Home;

• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg;

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

• a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Maples Long Term Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13 per cent provincially and 13.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 221 new cases of the virus have been identified and brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 22,047.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

• 21 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;

• 51 cases in the Northern health region;

• 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

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

• 111 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 5,829 active cases and 15,681 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 314 people in hospital with 42 people in intensive care due to COVID-19; and

• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 537.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,235 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 396,779. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Additional data related to outbreaks at correctional and health-care facilities and personal care homes is now available online. Downloadable and historic data is also available for some of the information. The data can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.

Public health officials advise COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at the Portage District General Hospital Medical Unit in Portage la Prairie and Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg in Winnipeg. The sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks are declared over at Victoria General Hospital unit 4 South, Concordia Hospital unit N2 East and Health Science Centre units GA3 and GD4, all in Winnipeg.

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. 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.

Updated enforcement statistics are posted online weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.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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