Manitoba reports 1 new coronavirus death, outbreak declared at Brandon – Winnipeg personal care home


This story will be updated at the start of the press conference and throughout the conference as it unfolds.Manitoba health officials reported one new death from COVID-19 on Thursday and 22 new cases, with another outbreak reported in a personal care home in the province.

Manitoba’s chief public health officer Dr Brent Roussin said the last victim of the virus was a woman in her 90s from the Southern Health Region. He said his death was linked to an ongoing outbreak at the Bethesda Place personal care home in Steinbach.

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He is the second now associated with the Bethesda Place nursing home, which declared an epidemic after a resident tested positive for the virus on August 17.

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Since then, several other cases have since been linked to the Steinbach nursing home, including the death of another woman in her 90s which was reported earlier this week.

The new cases reported Thursday include three people in Interlake East Regional Health Region, nine in Prairie Mountain Health Region, six in Southern Health Region and four in Winnipeg.

They bring the total number of confirmed and probable cases in the province since March to 1,064. Manitoba had 407 active cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to health officials.

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Roussin said investigations have found that seven of the cases are linked to close contacts of previously reported cases and that further investigations are ongoing. He has already said that there is evidence of community transfer in Brandon and Winnipeg.

So far, 14 people have died and 643 people have recovered from the virus.

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The News Is Coming The Rideau Park personal care home in Brandon also reported an outbreak of COVID-19 on Thursday after a staff member tested positive, Prairie Mountain Health CEO Penny Gilson confirmed.

Gilson said there had been no other cases linked to the facility’s and the outbreak was being declared out of caution.

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The move means the site is putting additional measures in place to reduce risk to residents and staff and restrict visitation, Gilson added.

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“The individual was wearing personal protective equipment and was isolating himself,” Gilson said in a statement. “Close contacts have been identified and the investigation is continuing.”

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Brandon’s personal care home has gone critical or red as part of the province’s pandemic response system.

Roussin also said that starting Thursday, public health orders will require Manitobans to self-isolate for 14 days if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus from a close contact.

He said those required to self-isolate will be notified by a public health official and once notified, they must go to their residence or an approved self-isolation location and stay there. days or until requested by public health.

Exceptions will be made for in-person appointments with health care providers, Roussin said, but those under orders should wear a mask, maintain physical distance and minimize their time away from home. isolation.

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Failure to self-isolate in accordance with public health advice will be considered a violation of the order and those violating the law could be fined for non-compliance under the Public Health Act, said Roussin.

Manitoba recently saw a spike in cases after going almost half of July without reporting a single new case of the virus. That streak ended on July 14 when five new cases were identified and the total number of laboratory-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in the province rose to 330.

Since then, 734 new cases have been reported in Manitoba, including 121 since Monday.

Health officials said 1,429 lab tests for COVID-19 were completed as of Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 130,835. According to provincial data, the current COVID-19 test positivity rate over five days in the province is 3%.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people can develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic diseases such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop any 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 home as much as possible, and maintaining a distance of two meters from other people if you go out. In situations where you cannot keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend using a face mask or non-medical blanket to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can carry the disease. virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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