• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #323

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


January 23, 2021


Public health officials advise three additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including: • a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region; • a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region; and • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 9.8 per cent provincially and 6.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 216 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 28,476.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows: • 22 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; • 118 cases in the Northern health region; • 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; • 14 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and • 50 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows: • 3,372 active cases and 24,307 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; • there are 135 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 137 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 272 hospitalizations; • there are 26 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 14 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 40 ICU patients; and • the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 797. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,836 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 463,084. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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/.

All Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and other staff working in schools and directly with students can now make an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site open today for eligible staff working in all schools and school divisions.

Eligible clients must be symptomatic, identified as a close contact because of an exposure at school or have a symptomatic household member. Clients will be required to show identification and proof of employer at the time of appointment. Fast Pass appointments must be made ahead of time by phoning the general appointment line, available at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment, which will triage eligible clients to the Fast Pass site.

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 be 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.

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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