The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three per cent and 67 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. One previously announced case has been removed from the case totals, bringing the net number of new cases today to 66 and the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,344.
Today’s data shows:
• one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
• three cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; and
• 57 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
• 863 active cases and 1,454 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 25 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 27.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,736 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 200,710. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Prairie Mountain Health has implemented a location change for its designated drive-thru testing site. The new site is now located off Van Horne Avenue East. Regular hours of operation at the Van Horne location are Monday to Thursday 8:45 a.m. to 6 pm and Friday to Sunday 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. This replaces the designated site at Brandon Town Centre that ceased operation yesterday.
Public health officials are advised about additional possible exposures at the following schools:
• Seven Oaks Middle School at 800 Salter St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 28 to 30. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise of the need for self-isolation and the impacted cohort is transitioning to remote learning.
• Earl Grey School at 340 Cockburn St. N. in Winnipeg on Sept. 29 to 30 and Oct. 7. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise of the need for self-isolation and the impacted cohort is transitioning to remote learning.
The public is advised of possible exposures at these sites:
• Edge Lounge and Night Club, located inside the Frantz Motor Inn at 1000 Main St. in Steinbach, on Oct. 4 from 2 to 6 p.m.; and
• Riding Mountain Village Canada Post Outlet in The No. 5 Store at 21 PTH 5 in Riding Mountain, on Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 and 6 from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
With Thanksgiving this weekend, public health is providing guidelines for how to enjoy fall holidays and celebrations while reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.html#holidays.
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
• Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
Online assessment tool - https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
For COVID-19 symptoms - www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
Up to date info - www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
#RestartMB Pandemic Response System: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.
Updated enforcement statistics are posted online and updated weekly. For more information, go to Cross-Departmental Reports at www.gov.mb.ca/openmb/infomb/departments.html.