Investigation links three COVID-19 cases to unit in western Manitoba hospital

BRANDON, Man. — Three cases of COVID-19 in western Manitoba have been linked to a hospital in Brandon, provincial health officials say.

The Manitoba government says all three of the cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region had been previously identified, and that investigations into them led to a unit on the second floor of the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

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A spokesman for the health region says the affected unit is the Assiniboine Centre, which provides care to rehabilitation patients and patients with other longer term stays.

The province says families and staff have been notified and contact tracing continues, but that risk is low.

It says outbreak protocols have been implemented "out of an abundance of caution" and visitors are being restricted on the affected floor.

Manitoba reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 12 of which were in the Prairie Mountain Health region, with 462 cases that were currently active.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 30, 2020.

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