COVID-19 outbreak declared in third Manitoba personal care home

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The nursing home is the third in Manitoba to declare an outbreak of COVID-19 in recent weeks, including the Rideau Park personal care home in Brandon, which launched outbreak protocols Thursday after a employee has tested positive for the virus.

The Bethesda Place nursing home in Steinbach declared an outbreak on August 17 and eight people at this site have tested positive for COVID-19, including three residents – two of whom died this week.

Meanwhile, public health officials on Saturday announced 55 new cases of COVID-19, including 31 in the Prairie Mountain Health area.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,151. Officials say the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.6%, still falling after hitting a pandemic peak of 3% earlier this week.

In addition to the 31 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health Region which includes Brandon, there were five new cases in Southern Health-Sante Sud and 19 cases in the Winnipeg Health Region.

There are currently 444 active cases while 693 people have recovered from COVID-19. The death toll from COVID-19 remains at 14. Due to data system upgrades over the weekend, hospitalization and intensive care data was not available on Saturday. This data is expected to be available on Sunday.

Preliminary investigations show that 19 of the cases announced on Saturday are close contacts of previously announced cases, officials said. Further investigations into the cases are continuing and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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