No new COVID-19 cases, 1 false positive on Easter Sunday

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On Sunday, the number of COVID-19s in Manitoba decreased by one, when the province announced no new cases and determined that one probable case was a false positive.

This brings the total number of cases of the new coronavirus disease in Manitoba to 242 to 142, which are considered active.

The excluded case was not the first false positive in the province. On March 23, a probable positive case of COVID-19 was dismissed by the health authorities as false positive test result. On April 5, Roussin announced the test that a worker at a nursing home in Gimli had COVID-19 was also a false positive.

Eight people in the province are hospitalized with COVID-19, including four in intensive care units. In Manitoba, four people died from the disease and 96 have recovered.

On Saturday, the province’s Cadham lab performed 850 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests performed in Manitoba to 17,221.


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Provincial Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin and Manitoba Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa have been updating the virus daily since it was first detected in the province on March 12, but took a day off on Sunday.

In a news release, the province said people should not take the current number of COVID-19 cases from Manitoba, which means the risk is reduced.

“The current statistics may reflect the effect of strict social distancing measures and reaffirm that these measures must be maintained. Manitobans are reminded that this is not the time to let your guard down, “said the release.


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The press release repeated a warning Roussin gave Manitobans all week: don’t meet people you don’t live with for Easter, Passover or other celebrations.

“The actions taken today will affect the number of cases in the coming weeks. All Manitobans must remain vigilant to smooth the curve of this virus, “said the release.

Some community test sites have changed their hours for the long weekend. The Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas sites will be open daily over the weekend, with hours reduced from 1 p.m. at 16 o’clock

Test sites in Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach and Winkler will maintain regular hours this weekend.

In Winnipeg, the Mount Carmel Clinic is closed on Sunday. The other three Winnipeg screening sites and the St. James Centennial Pool Assessment Clinic will be open during regular hours throughout the long weekend.

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