Two new COVID-19 cases at Assiniboine Centre, broader mask wearing required

Information from the provincial Bulletin 174

Two more residents of the Assiniboine Centre have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to five associated with that health facility in the Prairie Mountain Health. Of these, three of the cases are patients and two are health-care workers. Additional case investigations are continuing.

 

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Monday’s test numbers, just 569 tests, were about half of the numbers that have been tested recently and the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent. There are 18 new cases of the virus as of 9:30 a.m. today bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,232.

 

As students return to school, a new protocol requires everyone on school busses to wear masks - not just Gr. 4 – 12 but everyone on a bus including the driver.

Health officials explain that passengers may be in close proximity for extended periods of time with no ability to physically distance from each other. This is a change from the previous requirement which only applied to Grade 4 and above.

 

The data shows:

•    7 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

•    2 new cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and

•    9 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

•    459 active cases and 759 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;

•    14 Manitobans have died since March due to COVID-19

 

Starting Sept. 1, all visitors arriving at health-care facilities are required to wear a non-medical mask. This extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province.

 

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.

 

Public health advises that two potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first is at Warlock Tattoo, located at 2324 Park Ave. in Brandon. The second exposure is at the East Side Mario’s at 1570 18th St. in Brandon. Dates and times are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.

 

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.

 

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