COVID-19 BULLETIN #316
Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin
January 18, 2021
Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including:
· a male in his 70s from Southern Health-Santé Sud;
· a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region;
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.2 per cent provincially and 7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 180 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 27,322.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 10 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
• 69 cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 10 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
• 83 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 2,986 active cases and 23,575 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 122 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 161 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 283 hospitalizations;
• there are 19 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 36 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 761. Due to a data error, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,043 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 450,104. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
An outbreak has been declared at Lynn Lake Hospital, Lynn Lake. The site has been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
The outbreak is declared over at Seven Oaks General Hospital, 4U4-7 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.
Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data, can be found at https://manitoba.ca/openmb/datamb/.
The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.
Manitobans should 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.
Manitobans are reminded that other provinces have enacted restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you have to travel, be sure to check for any restrictions at your destination and follow self-isolation rules when you return. Ontario public health has introduced new regulations indicating that individuals can only travel to another a residence or cottage for less than 24 hours for essential business. Longer stays may require 14 days of isolation in Ontario. Information on public health restrictions in Ontario is available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-provincewide-shutdown.
Public health officials are also advising that if anyone 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 their 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 COVID-19 self-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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