July 20 there's 2 new cases in PMH

Monday, COVID-19 BULLETIN #136

Prairie Mountain Health has been free of active cases for weeks, but now, there's two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in our region that includes Dauphin, Brandon and Virden areas. A new spike in Manitoba shows 41 active cases and serves as a caution to continue to practice distancing. Today, 12 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m.

The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is now 366.

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New cases include:

•    seven cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;

•    two cases in the Winnipeg health region;

•    two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; and

•    one case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

 The data also shows:

•    one individual is in intensive care,

•    41 active cases and 318 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and

•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven.

Public health officials advise the current five-day test positivity rate is 1.03 per cent.

The high case counts are reflective of an outbreak of cases in several Hutterite colonies and some international travel-related cases. The investigations are ongoing. When completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.

One of the individuals announced as a positive COVID-19 case was a passenger on flights from Melbourne, Australia to Winnipeg:

•    July 5 – Melbourne to Doha, Qatar Airways, QR905, rows 39 to 45;

•    July 6 – Doha to Montreal, Qatar Airways, QR763, rows 26 to 32; and

•    July 6 – Montreal to Winnipeg, Air Canada AC8595, rows unknown.

Individuals on these flights are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop. Visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19 to use the online screening tool, or call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) for health guidance on how to seek testing.

Information about flights and affected rows will be updated as information becomes available at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html.

While Public Health assesses the risk to others as low, it is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and know to seek testing if symptoms develop.

An additional 1,201 laboratory tests were performed on Monday, bringing the total number of tests performed since early February to 77,551.

The Powerview-Pine Falls testing site is now located at the Pine Falls Health Complex, 37 Maple St. Hours of operation remain the same.

An additional COVID-19 testing site will be open in Brandon today and tomorrow.

Testing will be available at the EMS Station, Souris Health Centre, 155 Brindle Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and no appointments are required.

Testing information and locations can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/covid19.

A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:

https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.

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