• Myrna Driedger


Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin

February 4, 2021

Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today including: • a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region; and • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Southeast Personal Care Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 6.7 per cent provincially and 3.6 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 110 new cases of the virus have been identified and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 29,968.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows: • 39 cases in the Northern health region; • 33 cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; • seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; • five cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and • 26 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows: • 3,340 active cases and 25,791 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; • there are 109 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 155 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 264 hospitalizations; • there are 20 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 16 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 in people with COVID-19 is 837.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,183 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 484,302. 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://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/.

Outbreaks have been declared over at the Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon and Seven Oaks General Hospital 5U1-3 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.

As part of government’s effort to protect Manitobans, students, parents and educators will have access to a new interactive, user-friendly dashboard with information about COVID-19 cases associated with public and independent schools.

The online tool reports and maps confirmed school-related cases of COVID-19 in public and independent schools using Manitoba’s Public Health Information Management System. It features recent and cumulative case counts, which will be updated twice weekly.

To be as transparent as possible, the dashboard also includes cases where the student or staff may not have been at school during period of communicability. The new dashboard is located at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/schools/.

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 are encouraged to limit their travel and 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, only socialize with your two designated people as per the current public health orders.

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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