A Manitoba woman in her 60s from the Prairies health region has died from COVID-19, provincial health officials said.
News of the latest COVID-19 death was announced in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health administrator, said the woman suffered from underlying health conditions, which now brings the total number of virus-related deaths in the province to five.
Roussin announced on Wednesday two new cases of COVID-19 and said that two probable cases of COVID-19 were negative, leaving the total number of cases in Manitoba at 246.
Nine people have been hospitalized and four of them are in intensive care.
So far, 108 people have recovered from the virus. There are 132 active cases in the province.
On Tuesday, 305 tests were done at the provincial laboratory in Cadham, bringing the total of tests in the province to 17,902.
With fewer COVID-19 cases announced last week in Manitoba, Roussin warned Manitobans not to interpret this as risk reduction.
THE RISK OF COVID-19 HAS NOT REDUCED
“These numbers likely reflect Manitoban’s efforts in our strict social distancing strategies, as well as public health efforts for case identification, contact identification and isolation,” said Roussin.
“This reaffirms that these measures have been effective, but must be continued.”
Roussin said the virus is found in all health regions in Manitoba and there is evidence of spread to the community. He encouraged Manitobans to continue to follow the physical distance guidelines.
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“We cannot relax our strategies of social distancing. We must continue with them now, we must face the next two critical weeks in this epidemic, “said Roussin.
“We know we will be dealing with this virus for a while, but not necessarily as far as we are looking at it right now. We must be optimistic, but we must not relax our grip on these measures at this time. “
OUR HOSPITALS ARE SAFE: ROUSSIN
Roussin encouraged Manitobans to stay home if they feel slightly sick, but they shouldn’t be afraid to go to the hospital for medical conditions.
“Our hospitals are safe, our health professionals take all precautions, our health system has strengthened its capabilities,” said Roussin. “Certainly do not avoid the necessary medical care. Stay in touch with your healthcare providers. “
Roussin said that if Manitobans were to suffer from an acute illness, people should soon get attention.
“Don’t let other health problems get out of hand during these times. “
Anyone concerned about or likely to be exposed to COVID-19 should call Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257. People with serious health problems should call 911, go to the emergency room or an emergency care center.