Public health officials have confirmed another two residents of Bethesda Place in Steinbach, who had COVID-19, have died. The individuals are two females, one in her 80s and one in her 90s. Both cases are from the Steinbach health district and were previously announced cases connected to a known outbreak there. These are the 15th and 16th deaths related to COVID-19 in our province.
Twenty new cases of the virus have been identified as of Thursday at 9:30 am. None of those new cases are within Southern Health. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,264. The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.3 per cent.
The data shows:
• six cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• one case in Interlake-Eastern health region; and
• 13 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 457 active cases and 791 individuals have recovered from COVID-19,
• there are 12 people in hospital and one person in intensive care, and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 16.
Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin says there are now 13 cases linked to the outbreak at Bethesda Place in Steinbach. This includes seven staff and six residents. Four of those residents have passed away.
Preliminary investigations indicate that almost half of today’s Winnipeg regional cases are close contacts to known cases. Investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Confirmed laboratory testing numbers show an additional 1,339 tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 140,982.
Public health advises of potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred Aug. 19 to 21 at the ABC Taxi Cabs and Limousine Service at 144 12th St. in Brandon. Times of exposures are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.
With the increased number of cases in southern Manitoba, public health is re-implementing travel restrictions to northern Manitoba and remote communities, effective tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 4. In addition to the orders, all travellers are asked to respect any restrictions that First Nation communities have in place, as these communities are working with the advice of public health officials to ensure the health and safety of their residents. There are exceptions for travelling directly to a campground or lodge. If you are travelling to the north, you are required to limit any stops to just the necessities outside of your camping or lodge destination. Details of the orders will be posted shortly.
Ahead of the long weekend, Manitobans are strongly encouraged to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means not going out while you feel ill, practising proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask. If you are travelling, remember to be ‘COVID-Careful’ by gassing up at home and ensuring all supplies are packed with you, so extra stops do not need to made along the way.
Unless recommended by public health, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present.
Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
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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Ontario to review COVID-19 symptoms list for schools, minister says – Sudbury.com
TORONTO — Ontario’s education minister says he is considering shortening the list of COVID-19 symptoms that require kids to stay home from school.
Stephen Lecce says he is working with the province’s medical officials to consider possible changes to the list.
British Columbia shortened its list earlier this week by removing 10 symptoms, prompting Ontario to review the data behind that decision.
Officials in B.C. removed symptoms such as a sore throat, runny nose, and headaches from their list.
Ontario’s school reopening plan requires parents to screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they display signs of the virus.
Students are permitted to return to class when they no longer display symptoms.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.
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