Manitoba public health officials announced 13 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Saturday. This brings the total number of cases in Manitoba to 243.
There are now 143 active COVID-19 cases, while 96 people have recovered – those who have recovered from the disease or who have died are not included in the number of active cases by public health.
The province is now considering purchasing reusable masks from Manitoba, chief nurse Lannette Siragusa said on Saturday as a potential solution to the global shortage of N95 masks.
The government launched a request for proposals on Saturday for Manitoba manufacturers to produce the new reusable masks after surgeons and specialists at the Health Sciences Center designed a prototype. The new mask has a silicone base and uses an N95 filter or higher, depending on the province.
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The province is willing to sign purchase orders totaling up to $ 15 million to pre-order the masks, the province said in a statement.
Siragusa also said that a number of private companies have intervened, donating essential medical supplies to the province.
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Siragusa said planned shipments of federal personal protective equipment began on Wednesday. She warned on Wednesday that Manitoba’s multi-million dollar PPE order had only sunk, with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment coming from the federal government despite the province. place an order for supplies early.
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The province recorded its fourth death on Friday from the new coronavirus disease, said chief medical officer of health Dr. Brent Roussin.
The victim was a man in his sixties who had been in intensive care. Before his hospitalization, he had been in a personal care home – but Roussin said authorities did not believe he had contracted the virus there.
Eight people are currently hospitalized, including five in intensive care.
Officials also announced six new cases on Friday.
Roussin spoke with cautious optimism on Friday, saying that the relatively low number of cases in the province in recent times could suggest that physical distancing protocols are working.
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However, he continued to urge people to stay home if sick, to exercise physical distance, to wash their hands frequently and to avoid gatherings and all non-essential travel.
He repeated the call on Saturday, asking Manitobans to stay home for the holidays.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Health authorities warn against all international travel. Return travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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