Another death, 36 new cases and sites push people back

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As Manitoba recorded its 23rd death from COVID-19 and announced 36 new cases of the virus on Sunday, some people have spent hours waiting to be tested.

By early afternoon, Winnipeggers were turned away from some testing sites, while others faced long lines and no guarantees they would be tested before closing time. A new mobile test site at 1181 Portage Ave., which opened last week, saw light traffic early after it opened on Sunday morning, but reached maximum capacity shortly after 1 p.m. and was closed to drivers. incoming nearly three hours before installation. close for the day.

Average wait times from crowds at COVID-19 test sites

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From 4 p.m. Sunday

604 St. Mary’s Road: 3 hours

1284 Main St: 1 hour

2735 Pembina Highway: 1 hour

1181 Portage Ave: A user reported being denied

To view test site wait times and report yours, go to https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/covid-testing-sites/

The MPI drive-thru test site at 1284 Main Street began redirecting people around 2 p.m., as a dual-lane of more than a dozen vehicles meandered around the building. Staff on site did not respond to questions about wait times, but before the drive-thru was closed to new traffic, drivers were given a list of addresses for other test sites and we Told them they had no guarantee of being tested this afternoon if they chose to stand in line.

Provincial public health officials announced on Sunday that a man in his 50s was the 23rd death from COVID-19 in Manitoba. They also warned of potential exposure to the virus in Little Grand Rapids First Nation, where several people tested positive after attending the community recreation center from September 24-27. This is the second batch of confirmed positive cases of the virus in a Manitoba First Nation. community, following last weekend’s positive results for a family from York Factory First Nation. After 19 new cases were reported in Little Grand Rapids, that community is now closed with public gatherings banned and restrictions in place that correspond to the red / critical phase of the provincial government’s pandemic response system.

New confirmed cases totaled 36 on Sunday, but four previously reported cases were found to be false positives, bringing the total number of active cases in Manitoba to 696. Most of the cases reported on Sunday – 23 – are in Winnipeg. Seven are in the Southern Health Region; five in Interlake East and one in Prairie Mountain Health Region. As of Saturday, 2,103 COVID-19 tests were carried out across the province.

Public health officials also warned on Sunday that passengers on an Air Canada flight between Vancouver and Winnipeg may have been exposed to the virus on September 27. They are requiring passengers who were on flight 296 and seated in rows 27 to 31 to self-isolate for two weeks. Other people who were on the flight but did not sit in those rows do not need to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms, according to a provincial press release.

Meanwhile, several restaurants in Winnipeg are reporting that customers may have been exposed to the virus. People should watch for symptoms (and self-isolate and get tested if they have symptoms) after visiting the Hooters Restaurant at 1501 St. Matthews Ave. September 24 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Billard Bourbon at 241, rue Vaughan on September 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Earls Polo Park at 1455 Portage Avenue on September 25 from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Montana’s Polo Park at 665 Empress St. September 25 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Crspy Bnch on 806 Sargent Ave. September 26 from 11 a.m. to noon.

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Katie May
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