• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #331

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


January 31, 2021


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

• a male in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern health region;

• a male in his 90s from the Northern health region;

• a male in his 60s from the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City; and

• a female in her 80s from the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region, linked to an outbreak at the Rock Lake Hospital in Crystal City.


The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 7.9 per cent provincially and 4.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 119 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,564.


Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

• 35 cases in Interlake-Eastern health region;

• 49 cases in the Northern health region;

• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• six cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and

• 27 cases in the Winnipeg health region.


The data also shows:

• 3,503 active cases and 25,232 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 108 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 151 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 259 hospitalizations;

• there are 29 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 10 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 39 ICU patients; and

• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 829.


Laboratory testing numbers show 1,459 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 477,207. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.


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/.


An outbreak has been declared at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Steinbach. The facility has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. An outbreak has been declared over the Lynn Lake Hospital in Lynn Lake.


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.


Starting tomorrow, individuals working in licensed child care centres, nursery schools and family/group child care homes within Winnipeg or the Hanover and Seine River school division boundaries will be able to access an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the Fast Pass site at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site will open to eligible child care providers effective Feb. 1. For more information, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/rapid-testing.html.


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.


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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