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There were no COVID-19 deaths reported today. A total of 832 deaths have been reported in Manitoba since the pandemic began. Manitoba Health officials have reported another 83 positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the provincial total to 29,733.
Of the new cases; five are in Prairie Mountain Health, two are in the Southern Health region, 53 in the Northern Health region, 18 in the Winnipeg Health region, and five from the Interlake Health region.
In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are currently 206 active cases, 58 of those are in Brandon, and 3,492 across Manitoba. There are also a total of 140 covid patients in hospital and 25 in intensive care. The number of active cases in PMH has dropped to 157, with 31 of those in Brandon, and 3,421 across the province. 99 covid patients are currently in hospital, 24 of those in ICU. The current five-day test positivity rate sits at 7.6 percent provincially.
Meanwhile, the province’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, maintains his message that Manitobans need to self-isolate immediately at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school, or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear.
We can all reduce our risk by focusing on the fundamentals and adopting the following habits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Check yourself for symptoms every day
- Stay home when you are sick
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
- Cover your cough or sneeze
- Maintain social (physical) distancing
- Wear a mask when social (physical) distancing is not possible
Manitobans should only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Also, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.
Furthermore, Manitoba health officials are advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate.
For more details visit the government of Manitoba covid update website here.