Manitoba sets another new record for daily coronavirus cases, sees 2 more deaths Wednesday – Winnipeg


Manitoba experienced a new record number of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row on Wednesday and reported two new deaths from the virus.Health officials reported 146 new cases on Wednesday morning.

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The last two deaths include a man in his 80s and a woman in his 70s, both from Winnipeg. Both cases were already announced, according to the province.

The new cases – which the province said include 39 cases identified on Monday and 107 identified on Tuesday – bring the number of active cases in Manitoba to 1,374, while the total number of cases reported since March has risen to 2,925.

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In all, 37 Manitobans have died from COVID-19.

Three people are in intensive care, including 27 in hospital on Wednesday, 1,514 people have recovered and 2,200 tests were performed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of tests carried out in the province since early February to 215,861.

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The province’s test positivity rate is now 4.4%, health officials said.

As of Tuesday, 124 new cases were reported along with the province’s 35th death, a man in his 60s from the Southern Health District.

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The new cases reported Wednesday include 114 in Winnipeg, where a growing number prompted the province two weeks ago to impose new restrictions in the city and surrounding communities, including the mandatory use of a mask in indoor public places and a limit of 10 people for gatherings.

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Last week, licensed bars, pubs and restaurants in the area were also ordered to start closing earlier, and alcohol sales were halted at 10 p.m.

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Provincial data shows that there are currently 1,163 active cases of COVID-19 in Winnipeg.

Other new cases reported on Wednesday include nine in Interlake East Health Region, four reported in Northern Health Region, two in Prairie Mountain Health Region and 17 in Southern Health Region.

Potential exposures

Health officials reported potential new exposures to COVID-19 on Wednesday, including at several schools and on a recent flight to Winnipeg.

School exhibitions include:

• Mitchell Middle School at 203 Third St. in Mitchell October 7-9.
• Margaret Park School at 385 Cork Avenue in Winnipeg on October 5-7.
• Acadia Junior High at 175 Killarney Ave. in Winnipeg on October 5 and 6.

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The province says the risk of exposure at all three schools is low, according to public health surveys, and that in all cases, infections are not believed to be contracted in schools. The close contacts of the three schools were advised to self-isolate, the province said.

Health officials are also warning of the risk of exposure on West Jet flight WS204, which flew to Winnipeg from Edmonton on October 2.

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Anyone in rows 1-5 affected by theft is advised to self-isolate for 14 days after theft while monitoring for symptoms. People in flight, but not in the affected rows, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop, according to the province.

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As the number of cases in the province rises, health officials continue to call on Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their homes and to avoid confined or crowded spaces.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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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 into 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 non-medical face mask or blanket to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or masks are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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