As August draws to a close, Manitoba’s positive test cases of COVID-19 appear to be dropping slightly; 28 new cases were identified on Monday and the test positivity rate has dropped to 2.1 per cent. However new cases have arisen in Brandon's Assiniboine Centre. Now, as of Sept. 1 all visitors arriving at health-care facilities are required to wear a (non-medical) mask. This includes outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province.
Public health will be re-implementing travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective Thursday, Sept. 3.
The data shows:
- 2 new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
- 13 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
- 6 new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
- 7 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
- 469 active cases and 731 individuals have recovered from COVID-19,
- 11 people in hospital and one person in intensive care, and
- the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14.
- lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba is 1,214.
Preliminary investigations show that 14 of the cases announced today are close contacts of previously announced cases and one was related to travel. Additional case investigations are continuing.
In the last seven days, public health officials have been unable to determine the source of infection for 32 cases – 16 in Prairie Mountain Health, two in Southern Health–Santé Sud and 14 in Winnipeg. Case investigations continue and are updated as more information is available.
An additional 1,714 tests were completed on Friday, 1,992 tests were completed on Saturday and 1,708 tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 137,499.
Public health officials are advising of a possible exposure at the Frederickson Performance Centre, Unit F-1212 18th St. in Brandon on Aug. 17 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and Aug. 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk and seek testing if symptoms appear.
Case investigations indicate that of the three cases identified at the Assiniboine Centre at Brandon Regional Health Centre, two of the individuals were health-care workers and one, a patient. At this time, it appears the patient contracted the virus at the facility.
In addition, case investigations indicate a case previously identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region is a health-care worker who works at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon. The health-care worker is a close contact of a previously identified case. This information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and the case investigations are continuing.
While the current risks are assessed to be low, the site is putting additional measures in place at Fairview to reduce further the risk to residents and staff, and is restricting visitation. The Fairview Personal Care Home is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
In addition to these restrictions, all Manitobans are asked to respect any restrictions that First Nation communities have in place.
While primary care clinics and other locations providing health services are not currently included in the mask requirement, all Manitobans are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when seeking care.
Most businesses require everyone to wear a mask. People are reminded to practice proper hand hygiene, cough into your sleeve and maintain physical distancing when you are with people outside your household – wear a mask of you cannot distance. Stay home if you feel ill.
Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing, and that 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. 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.