Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 1,376 active cases of the disease, of which 62 were being treated in hospital including 18 in intensive care.
Manitoba public health officials have identified 55 new cases of COVID-19 in the province as of Saturday morning.
That brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,155, including:
• 31 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
• five new cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud
• 19 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The province says preliminary investigations show that 19 of the new cases are close contacts of previously-announced cases.
The province says a case previously identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region is a health-care worker from the Hillcrest Place personal care home in Brandon.
Health officials say the individual wore personal protective equipment and is self-isolating. As well, close contacts have been identified and the case investigation is continuing.
The province says while the risk is assessed to be low, the site has initiated outbreak protocols in an abundance of caution. This means the site is putting additional measures in place to further reduce the risk to residents and staff, and is restricting visitation at the facility.
The site is moving to Critical (red) on the province’s pandemic response system.
Coronavirus: Manitoba health officials declare an outbreak at a personal care home
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate in Manitoba is 2.6 per cent.
The data also shows there are 444 known active cases and 693 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 14.
The province says due to data system upgrades this weekend, hospitalization and intensive care unit data are not available until Sunday.
Preliminary testing numbers show an additional 1,293 laboratory tests were completed on Friday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 133,378.
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COVID-19: 91 new cases reported in B.C. with no deaths – The Kingston Whig-Standard
There were 91 new cases of COVID-19 reported in B.C. between noon Tuesday and noon Wednesday and no deaths.
The provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said there were now 1,376 active cases of the disease, with 62 people being treated in hospital including 18 in intensive care.
The number of active COVID-19 cases peaked at 1,987 on Sept. 21, but dropped the following day to 1,465.
According to the Ministry of Health, this was because Vancouver Coastal Health had not been passing on recovery data to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control over the past month as they were transitioning to a new data collection system.
Fraser Health has the most active cases, at 781, with Vancouver Coastal Health next with 517 cases. Island Health has only eight active cases.
Henry said there were 3,368 people in quarantine under public health monitoring after being potentially exposed to the disease. Of the 8,395 cases that have been reported in B.C., 6,769 have recovered and 227 have died.
“There have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, and outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility and Normanna long-term care facility have been declared over,” Henry said, adding there were still outbreaks in nine long-term care or assisted-living homes and five acute-care facilities.
Of the 91 cases reported between on Wednesday, two were in health-care facilities.
“There have been no new community outbreaks, although there continue to be community exposure events. The outbreak at the Loblaws warehouse has been declared over,” Henry said.
“Public alerts and school notifications are posted on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) website, as well as on health authorities’ websites, providing details on where the potential exposure occurred and what actions to take – whether to self-isolate or monitor for symptoms.”
On Wednesday afternoon, parents at Ecole Riverside School in Port Coquitlam were told that there had been a COVID-19 positive person at the school on Sept. 18. They were told that if their child had been exposed they would be notified by Fraser Health.
In Vancouver, parents at Xpey’ Elementary School were told there had been a COVID-sick person at the school on Sept. 10, 14, 15 and 21.
Surrey, the largest school district in B.C., has reported 15 school exposures so far.
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B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19 – Abbotsford News
B.C. is reporting 91 new cases of COVID-19 but no new deaths as of Wednesday (Sept. 23), provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Deputy Health Minister Stephen Brown said in a joint statement.
There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began. The death toll remains at 227.
This is the second day in a row that new infections have remained under 100 per day. The number of patients in hospital grew by one to 62, although the number in ICU dropped from 22 to 18.
Health officials said there have been no new health-care facility outbreaks, and that the outbreaks at Bear Creek Villa independent-living facility and Normanna long-term care facility are now over. There are a total of 14 health-care facilities with outbreaks of the virus; nine are long-term care or assisted living facilities, while five are acute care centres. There have also been no new community exposure events and the outbreak at a Loblaws warehouse is now over.
However, health officials said they were still concerned about how many new COVID-19 infections there were in the province.
“New cases and clusters of COVID-19 remain higher than where we would like them to be,” Henry and Brown said.
“The impact of this means that thousands of people in B.C. are now under active public health monitoring and care, with many forced to deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with having to self-isolate away from work, friends and family.”
In total, there are 3,368 people under public health monitoring and 1,376 active cases, a drop of 89 in the latter figure.
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Coronavirus: Younger demographics lead infections in Manitoba, Canada – Global News
Federal officials warn the virus will continue to spread unless some early pandemic precautions are re-adopted and close contacts are reduced.
“We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an address to the nation Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Manitoba began to see an increase in cases in August after a spring and early summer plateau — it started with clusters in western and southern Manitoba, before September surges in Winnipeg rocketed the total number of infections to 1,674 as of Wednesday.
As of Sept. 23, 369 people aged 20-to-29 have been infected in the province — the heaviest-hit demographic, based on provincial data.
The second-hardest hit demographic — 30-to-39-year-olds — has seen 318 people infected, according to provincial data.
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, pleaded with younger people to take precautions seriously in a COVID-19 briefing Tuesday in which she and other public health officials warned infections country-wide could potentially increase to 155,795 total cases and 9,300 deaths by Oct. 2.
“Young people were part of the collective solution to crushing the spring wave and now with incidence rates in this age cohort, they are a critical element in the solution. We need to ramp up the defences and stop a big resurgence from occurring,” Tam said.
“I am making a special call-out to young Canadians: we need your ingenuity and your drive because we won’t get COVID-19 back on the slow burn track without your help.
“This is your generation, this is your time, you’ve got this.”
People aged 10-19 are the fifth-hardest hit demographic — 191 youth have been infected.
Most but not all teenagers are taking COVID-19 precautions — handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing — seriously, Winnipeg high school students told Global News Wednesday.
“Personally, I am. Not everybody is, but personally I am,” said Grant Park High School student Zane Schellenberg.
“It’s really half and half, a lot of people are saying it’s like a joke… but then a lot of other people are saying it’s really real, and some of them don’t even come to school. It’s really an equal bunch,” said Samantha Keen, a student at the same school, adding that most people she knows aren’t attending large parties.
“I feel like some people just don’t think they should take it seriously because a bunch of young people don’t really get affected, but I feel like they should because like if I got infected and I infected my grandparents or something… that wouldn’t be very fun,” said Catherine Caparas, another Grant Park High School student.
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