Province announces two new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

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Public health officials announced two new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed positive and possibly positive cases in Manitoba to 417.No further details were provided on the new cases, as the provincial government posted the information on Twitter. Online data will be updated on Tuesday due to the long weekend.

Dr Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, is expected to address the media and provide an update on Tuesday.

Manitoba’s number of active cases fell to 70 on Friday, with 337 people now recorded as having recovered from the virus. The province’s current five-day test positivity rate has remained at 0.40%.

Six people remain in the hospital, including five currently in intensive care. Manitoba’s death toll remains at eight after a man in his 60s died earlier this week.

On Friday, the total number of tests carried out since early February was 88,000.

PRE-GAME SHOUT OUT

As part of the celebrations to mark the start of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday, social justice activists and COVID-19 healthcare workers were recognized in a virtual pre-game pre-game ceremony Blackhawks-Oilers, including Roussin of Manitoba. A similar pre-game ceremony took place before the Canadiens-Penguins dropped the puck.

As part of the NHL’s new league-wide initiative, #WeSkateFor, the NHL and its 32 clubs and players will support, celebrate and honor community heroes, frontline and healthcare workers, and racial justice activists through a variety of local and national programs and activities including charitable donation campaigns, social media campaigns using the hashtag #WeSkateFor and pre-match acknowledgments.

EXPOSITION POSSIBLE

Public health officials warn that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred from a case identified Friday at the Blazers Mini Mart, 140 Main St N., Minnedosa, July 25, and one identified case Brandon Asian Spice Thursday, 437 -A 10th St, Brandon, July 22-23.

Those considered to be close contacts of a COVID-19 case will be contacted by public health officials and advised to self-isolate. Others who were at these sites on those days do not need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

If people develop symptoms, they should self-isolate and visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ to use the online screening tool, or call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788- 8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257 for health advice on how to get tested.

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