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Provincial Response Level: CAUTION

COVID-19 is still a threat across Manitoba, however transmission levels are low. The Chief Provincial Public Health Officer has set the response level to yellow.

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NEW Last updated: September 28, 2020

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent and 39 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,919. 

Public health officials are reporting an additional death related to COVID-19, a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region. This brings the total number of deaths to 20.

The data shows:

  • seven cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region; 
  • seven cases in the Northern health region;
  • three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
  • 22 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

  • 618 active cases and 1,281 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; 
  • there are 13 people in hospital and seven people in intensive care; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 20. 

Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show 2,647 tests were completed on Friday, 2,196 tests were completed on Saturday and 1,596 tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 180,750. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. 

Manitoba's public health officials have elevated the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System level for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to Restricted (orange) effective Sept. 28, with new measures being put in place help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the City of Winnipeg and several communities and rural municipalities outside Winnipeg. Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places in these communities. All private and public gatherings are restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.

Public health officials have advised the following schools about possible exposures:

  • St. Maurice School in Winnipeg on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18: a second confirmed case of COVID-19 was at the school on these dates when the individual may have been infectious. Based on the public health investigation, this case is not linked to the first case reported at the school, the infection was not acquired at school and the exposure was assessed to be low risk.

In addition, the public is being advised of possible exposures at these sites:

  • Denny's, 4100 Portage Ave., Winnipeg – Sept. 18  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 20 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and
  • XXI Lounge, 1011 Portage Ave., Winnipeg – Sept. 18 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sept. 19 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m..

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.

NEW September 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Bulletin #203