• Myrna Driedger

COVID-19 BULLETIN #349

Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin


February 19, 2021


Public health officials advise two additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today: • a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region; and • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at Golden Links Lodge.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 5.7 per cent provincially and 4.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 92 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to a data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 90 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 31,235.

Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Today’s COVID-19 data shows: • two cases in Interlake–Eastern health region; • 50 cases in the Northern health region; • three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; • two cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and • 35 cases in the Winnipeg health region. Additionally, public health officials are announcing three confirmed cases to be a result of the B.117 COVID-19 variant of concern have been detected. This is the variant first identified in the United Kingdom. The cases are all related to international travel and the individuals has since recovered. Any additional information will be provided as investigations continue. This brings the total number of variants of concern cases in Manitoba to four.

The data also shows: • 1,169 active cases and 29,187 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19; • 80 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 133 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 213 hospitalizations; • 12 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 15 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 27 ICU patients; and • the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 879. Due to a data correction, one death that had been reported earlier has been removed.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,389 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 508,900.

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. 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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