Coronavirus: 7th death in Manitoba reported, health officials say – Winnipeg


Manitoba health officials say another person died in the province from the new coronavirus, a man in his 70s from the Southern Health Region.

This brings the total number of deaths in Manitoba to seven.

A new case of COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to 282.

Four people are currently hospitalized, none in intensive care. There are 37 active cases and 238 people who have recovered.

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Health officials also announced a group of five cases at a workplace in the Prairie Mountain health region.

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Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said the company’s people are self-isolating and authorities are working with patients to “undertake a detailed contact search.”

Other employees of the company are currently being tested, he added, and if there is another danger to the public, this information will be released.

It is not yet known whether the first case of this cluster comes from community transmission or travel, said Roussin.

Shared Health’s launch of a new online portal for test results on Monday was a success, said Lanette Siragusa of Shared Health.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, 473 people signed up for the service, and 275 had already received their results online, she said.

There were no new cases of new coronaviruses on Monday, and local businesses began to reopen slowly under strict guidelines.

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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 recommendations or additional enforcement measures to ensure the self-isolation of people returning to the region.

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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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