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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

September 6, 2020

COVID-19 BULLETIN #179



Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.2 per cent and 29 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 1,323.
 
The data shows:
one case in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
one case in the Northern health region;
three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
seven cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
17 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
 
The data also shows:
409 active cases and 898 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, 
there are 13 people in hospital and two people in intensive care, and
the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
 
Preliminary case investigations indicate that seven of the cases are related to close contacts and one is travel related. The source of infection could not be identified for four cases. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

Case investigations indicate a previously identified case in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is linked to an assisted living facility located next to the Donwood Manor personal care home. Information has been shared with families and staff. Close contacts are being identified and case investigations are continuing. 

While the risk is assessed to be low, Donwood Manor has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution. The location has put additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff. Donwood Manor has moved to Restricted (orange) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,256 tests were completed on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 145,468.
 
Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask. 
 
If you choose to travel, remember to be ‘COVID-Careful’ by gassing up at home and ensuring all supplies are packed with you, so extra stops do not need to made along the way.
 
Unless recommended by public health, 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. 
 
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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