It would appear that the COVID curve is flattening, as new cases remain near the 100 mark – 110 today – and hospitalization numbers and those in intensive care continue to creep back down.
Eight new cases in PMH today. But people are still getting sick, particularly in the North.
The Manitoba government issued a continuation of the provincewide state of emergency early in the week. Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler, minister responsible for the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, announced today.
The extension went into effect on Feb. 2 and continues for a period of 30 days.
“This extension marks the one-year implementation of Manitoba’s state of emergency and has been the longest period in a state of emergency in the province’s history,” said Schuler. “Our government recognizes that there is still a lot of work to be done against the fight of COVID-19 and will continue to take the necessary precautions for the health and safety of all Manitobans.”
On Feb. 5, Public health officials advise one additional death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported:
• a female in her 40s from the Winnipeg health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is six per cent provincially and 3.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 110 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 30,078.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 40 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in Interlake–Eastern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 11 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 38 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 3,353 active cases and 25,887 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 115 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 154 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 269 hospitalizations;
• 23 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 17 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care for a total of 40 ICU patients; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 838.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,232 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 486,535. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
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/.
The outbreak at Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin has been declared over.
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.
All Manitoba child-care providers working in licensed child-care centres, nursery schools and family/group child-care homes, including eligible early child development specialists or autism applied behaviour analysts/consultants, will soon be able to access Fast Pass rapid testing at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg. Appointments for the pilot site will open to eligible child-care providers effective Feb. 8.
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: 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 up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
EMO has also been a critical player across Manitoba’s COVID-19 response including facilitating the province’s overall response to personal protective equipment procurement and provision, developing the Pandemic Response System, ensuring alternative isolation accommodations were available, and advising on and enforcing co-ordination of public health orders under the state of emergency. It also facilitates the federal/provincial engagement to military support in First Nations communities.
The state of emergency was first declared on March 20, 2020, by the powers set out in section 10(1) and 10(2) of the Emergency Measures Act.
To view the state of emergency and public health orders, visit https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/orders/index.html.
For additional information on the role of the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) in COVID-19 visit www.gov.mb.ca/emo/provincial/covid.html.