23 of 29 new COVID-19 cases announced in Manitoba on Sunday are in Winnipeg

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Health officials are once again calling on Winnipeggers to follow public health instructions as 23 of Manitoba’s 29 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday are people in the capital.Many of the illnesses among a recent worrying increase in Winnipeg have a large number of close contacts, the province said in a press release.

Of the 354 active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, 275 – more than three-quarters – are now in Winnipeg, according to provincial data.

Three more of Sunday’s new cases are in Prairie Mountain Health Region, while two are in Interlake East Health Region and one in Southern Health Region, the statement said.

A case of illness caused by the novel coronavirus previously reported on September 19 has been removed from the totals, the release said, although it did not specify why.

Twenty of Sunday’s new cases are people under the age of 30, according to provincial data.

Half of them are people in their twenties, while the other half are people under the age of 20.

Most of Sunday’s new cases are in people under the age of 30, including 10 under the age of 20. (Jacques Marcoux / CBC)

There have now been 1,586 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

There are now 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba, including three in intensive care.

Most of Manitoba’s new COVID-19 cases on Sunday are in the Winnipeg health region, while the rest are spread among five other regions of the province. (Jacques Marcoux / CBC)

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate, a moving average of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, is up slightly to 1.9%, the release said.

To date, 1,216 people in Manitoba have recovered from COVID-19 and 16 have died.

Possible exhibitions

People who were on the bus to John Pritchard School on September 14 and 15 may have been exposed to the disease, the statement said. The exhibits were held on the S412 route from the Winnipeg Transportation School, from approximately 8:15 a.m. to the Headmaster / Mildred stop at 8:40 a.m. at school, and from 3 p.m. at school to 3 p.m. h 25 at the Headmaster / Mildred stop, the press release says

La Scala Café on Corydon Avenue is temporarily closed, the statement said, as public health officials investigate COVID-19 exposures there on September 11 from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and on September 12 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The XXI Lounge on the Pembina Highway has also been temporarily closed for disease exposure investigations, although it has since reopened. These exhibitions were held on September 11, 12 and 13 from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., the statement said.

Officials on Saturday warned of possible exposures to the disease at a Winnipeg daycare, high school and restaurant.

A person with COVID-19 was at the Munroe Early Childhood Education Center in Elmwood on Monday morning and afternoon, the province said. Seven staff members and 21 children are isolated after being identified as close contacts.

The center has closed the areas used by the sick person and will not use them again until they are disinfected, the press release on Sunday said. The rest of the building is still open to children and unaffected staff.

Most of Sunday’s new COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg are in the River East area, while the rest are spread across nine other districts. (Jacques Marcoux / CBC)

Another person with the disease was at Gordon Bell High School in central Winnipeg on Thursday morning and afternoon, the province said, although no close contacts were named in this investigation and that the risk of further transmission is considered low.

Meanwhile, the downtown Local Public Eatery was closed on Saturday, pending the results of investigations into COVID-19 exposures that took place there on September 11 and 12, the statement said, although the restaurant has since reopened.

Three new cases of the disease were announced in the Fisher River Cree Nation over the weekend, in addition to the first case in the community of Interlake announced last week.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 after meeting earlier this week with Quebec Premier François Legault, who is self-isolating after coming into contact with a confirmed case of the disease, a spokesperson for Pallister said on Saturday.

Legault tested negative on Saturday night but is still self-isolating according to public health guidelines.

Another 1,216 COVID-19 tests were performed in Manitoba on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests done in the province to 164,177.

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