COVID cases jump 20 at Prairie Mountain Health

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Public health officials on Monday revealed another double-digit increase in the number of COVID-19 in Manitoba, announcing 38 new cases in the province, including 20 in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The new cases in PMH are linked to a known cluster in Brandon, which now numbers 64 people, Dr Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s director of public health, said at a news conference in Winnipeg on Monday.

Fifty-six of those cases have been linked to staff at a single place of business in Wheat City. Although Roussin still does not name the company in question, previous reports have identified the location as the Maple Leaf Foods pork processing plant.

However, Roussin indicated that exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred at a 7-Eleven store in Brandon, located at 3360 Victoria Avenue, August 5-7 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Even though the risk of transmission is low, Roussin recommends that Brandonites self-monitor and get tested if they have any symptoms after visiting this store during this time.

“These possible exposures serve as a reminder to self-isolate as soon as symptoms develop, even if they are very mild,” he said. “Go get tested, and that means staying home and, for the most part, avoiding other people at home.” ”

In a written statement, 7-11 Canada said members of the store were asked to self-isolate for 14 days with pay. Stores across Canada have improved their hygiene standards and procedures, including frequent washing and the installation of sneeze guards and floor markers. They have limited customer traffic and require staff members to wear face masks.

“” It can spread quickly “: Roussin

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In a written statement, 7-11 Canada said members of the store were asked to self-isolate for 14 days with pay. Stores across Canada have improved their hygiene standards and procedures, including frequent washing and the installation of sneeze guards and floor markers. They have limited customer traffic and require staff members to wear face masks.

Additionally, Heritage Co-op announced Monday that a second case of COVID-19 has been identified in its Brandon Agro Center.

“The second worker was already in isolation, having been identified as a close contact of the first worker who tested positive,” wrote a representative on the company’s official Facebook page. “All relevant work areas have been thoroughly cleaned and close worker contacts have been informed. ”

Heritage Co-op initially revealed that one of its employees at the Brandon Agro Center contracted the virus on August 10.

Monday’s update also follows a busy weekend in terms of COVID-19 updates, where 56 new cases were discovered across the province, including 12 from PMH.

On Saturday, the province revealed that a Portage la Prairie man in his 80s had succumbed to the virus, making him the ninth Manitoban to die from COVID-19.

While Roussin said this recent spike was expected, he admitted that the sheer volume of new coronavirus cases is spreading faster than he expected.

“We knew we were not done with this virus,” he said, referring to the 13-day period in July when the province had new cases to report. “I think most of us in public health were definitely expecting numbers like this, and maybe worse, in the fall. : if you get a few clusters, it can spread quickly. ”

Elsewhere in the province, Roussin revealed that a resident of the Bethesda Place personal care home in Steinbach tested positive for the virus, which forced public health officials to declare an outbreak at that facility out of caution.

Overall, the provincial government is now grappling with 232 active cases and a 1.78% positivity testing rate. Eleven people are currently hospitalized with the virus, including three in intensive care.

As of Monday afternoon, the total number of laboratory-confirmed positive and probable cases now stands at 731 in Manitoba and 202, including 202 in PMH.

Test figures show 1,716 more lab tests were performed on Sunday, bringing the total number of tests done since early February to 115,963.

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