COVID-19 cases down, but seven more deaths

Tuesday, Nov. 17 COVID-19 Bulletin #256

Throughout the province, as of today, Tuesday morning, 269 new cases are reported and seven deaths.

In Prairie Mountain Health district covering our Westman area readership, there were eight new cases as of Tuesday, Nov. 17 and no new deaths due to COVID-19. However there is an outbreak at Fairview Home in Brandon.

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On PMH dashboard, 629 people are listed as recovered from COVID-19, there are 214 active cases, five people are in hospital, two in ICU. To date, four people in PMH have died due to COVID-19.

A graph shows the Souris River district (which includes Virden and the southwest), within PMH region had 32 active cases and 10 people have recovered. Just to the north, (including Prairie View Municipality) Assessippi district shows 10 active cases.

Today, there are recent public exposures within PMH at schools. Since the start of November and up until Nov. 7 (most recent to date). These include: Brandon, Glenella, Reston, Rivers, Erickson, Onanole, Neepawa, Forrest and Carberry.

Provincially, the seven additional deaths due to COVID-19 include: one female in her 30s from the Interlake–Eastern health region; two men in their 80s from Southern Health-Sante’ Sud health; a woman in her 70s from Winnipeg health region; a man in his 70s from Winnipeg health region (linked to outbreak at Victoria General Hospital); and two women in their 90s from the Winnipeg health region (outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre).

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.6 per cent provincially.

Today’s data shows:

• 21 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;

• 16 cases in the Northern health region;

• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• 106 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• 119 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

• 7,105 active cases and 4,324 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 240 people in hospital with 41 people in intensive care; and

• the number of deaths to-date, due to COVID-19 is 179.

Yesterday, 3,126 tests were completed.

An outbreak has been declared at the Bridgepark Manor Assisted Living facility in Steinbach, Union Gospel Mission in Winnipeg, Southeast Personal Care Home in Winnipeg, Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon (A correction - not Winnipeg - as earlier reported by Bulletin #256.) and Winnipegosis Personal Care Home in Winnipegosis. These sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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 and click on your region.

The chief provincial public health officer urges Manitobans to only leave their homes for essential purposes, 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.

If anyone within a household is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.  For information on self-isolation:

The online assessment tool can be found at and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:

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