A spike in COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg Health region means a change to more restrictions both in Winnipeg and in communities surrounding Manitoba’s capital region. By Monday, Sept. 28 the area will be under Orange restrictions for one month.
For Westman, Prairie Mountain Health region remains at Yellow.
Testing is up and more of those tests are showing up positive; the five-day rate is 2.6 per cent, with 53 new cases of the virus identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, Friday, Sept. 25.
The data shows:
• two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• two cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• two cases in the Northern health region;
• four cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
• 44 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
• 487 active cases and 1,258 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 13 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 19.
Wednesday and Thursday tests numbers were 1,607 and 2,354 respectively.
To manage the spread of the virus, the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System is Orange/Restricted and comes into effect on Monday, Sept. 28 for:
• City of Winnipeg;
• City of Selkirk;
• Town of Stonewall;
• Rural Municipality (RM) of Cartier;
• RM of Headingley;
• RM of Macdonald;
• RM of Ritchot;
• RM of Rockwood;
• RM of Rosser;
• RM of Springfield;
• RM of St. Andrews;
• RM of St. Clements;
• RM of St. François Xavier;
• RM of Taché;
• RM of West St. Paul;
• RM of East St. Paul;
• Town of Niverville; and
• Village of Dunnottar.
As of Monday, September 28, masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places in these communities. Gatherings will be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.
These restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of four weeks (two incubation periods of the virus). Further direction or additional restrictions may be put in place by public health at any time. All other existing orders and rules for schools, child care, retail, museums, theatres and casinos will remain the same for the time being.
In addition to these measures, government and public health officials are consulting with the restaurant industry as well as bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries on steps that could be implemented to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Additional measures may be put in place following these consultations.
Public health officials have advised River East Collegiate in Winnipeg of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school on Sept. 18. Based on the public health investigations, the exposure was assessed to be low risk. The infection was not acquired at school.
In addition, public health officials have declared the COVID-19 outbreaks over at Fred Douglas Lodge and Concordia Place personal care homes. The sites have returned to the Caution (Yellow) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
• People must stay home if sick.
• Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk.
• Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.
Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.
The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.