• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #347

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


February 17, 2021


Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today: • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital unit 5B.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.9 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 76 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 75 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,007.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows: • five cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; • 44 cases in the Northern health region; • two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; • two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and • 23 cases in the Winnipeg health region. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

The data also shows: • 1,555 active cases and 28,576 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; • 89 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 142 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 231 hospitalizations; • 15 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 13 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 28 ICU patients; and • the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 876. Laboratory testing numbers show 1,143 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 504,682.

Outbreaks have been declared at Valleyview Care Centre Long Term Care Home in Brandon and Health Science Centre GA5 and St. Boniface Hospital unit A6South, both in Winnipeg. The facilities have been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at St. Boniface Hospital unit B5 in Winnipeg and Pembina Manitou Health Centre and Personal Care Home in Manitou. 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/.

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