The Manitoba government will be providing an update on COVID-19 on Monday, Aug. 24, following a record-day of 72 cases.
Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, will be speaking at a news conference at 1 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.
This news conference comes one day after the province announced 72 new cases of COVID-19 – the largest single-day spike the province has seen to date.
Of these 72 new cases, 45 are in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, 16 are in the Southern Health Region, nine are in Winnipeg, one is in the Interlake-Eastern Region, and one is in the Northern Health Region.
Roussin said this is a wake-up call for Manitobans to focus on the fundamentals.
To date, there have been 944 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with 12 deaths.
This is a developing story. More details to come.
– With files from CTV’s Touria Izri.
Manitoba sees 51 new COVID-19 cases on eve of tightened restrictions – Global News
Public health officials in Manitoba are reporting 51 new cases of COVID-19 in the province Sunday, 36 of which are in the Winnipeg health region.
Eight cases have been identified in the Interlake-Eastern health region, four in the Southern Health region, two in the Northern health region and a lone case in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent, down from 2.3 per cent on Saturday.
Thirteen people are currently in hospital with six in intensive care.
There are now 589 active COVID-19 cases in the province, 490 of which are in the Winnipeg region, according to provincial data.
The province is also warning of a possible school exposure at École Précieux-Sang on Sept. 18.
Public health officials say the virus was not contracted at school and the risk of transmission is low.
Another warning has been issued at Sisler High School after a possible exposure on Sept. 18.
Contact tracing at the high school is underway, with anyone identified as a close contact expected to be contacted and provided instructions for self-isolation by public health officials.
Starting Monday, people in Winnipeg and 17 surrounding metropolitan communities are required to wear masks while in indoor public places as part of ratcheted-up public health restrictions.
Gathering sizes will be pared down to 10 people both indoors and outdoors.
The new rules come after the province announced Winnipeg, along with the municipalities surrounding the city, will move to a level orange restriction Monday, under Manitoba’s colour-coded pandemic response rating system.
The new restrictions will be in place for at least four weeks, including Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Friday.
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 2,234 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 175,867, the province said in a news release.
As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases in Manitoba is 1,880.
-With files from Erik Pindera and Elisha Dacey
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Montreal and Quebec City will enter red zone soon: Dubé – Montreal Gazette
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“They’re decisions that will be very difficult, but we have to make them,” Dubé said.
On Sunday, Quebec had 71,901 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 4,937 were active and 5,825 had died. Of the active cases, 216 were in hospital, and of those 41 were in intensive care. The number of people in hospitals has increased 57 per cent in a week.
A total of 27,380 people tested on Friday, for a cumulative total of 2,260,835 people tested to date.
The rising number of infections underlines the need for people to forgo social gatherings, said Dr. Jay Kaufman, an epidemiologist at McGill University.
Get-togethers with friends and family functions are likely the main cause of the recent uptick in the spread of the virus, which is seeing its highest numbers since cases peaked in April and May, he said.
Montreal and Quebec City will be upgraded to red alert 'in coming days', says Dubé – CBC.ca
Montreal and Quebec City will be upgraded to the highest COVID-19 alert level “in the coming days” according to provincial Health Minister Christian Dubé.
He confirmed the two cities would move from orange to red alert while speaking on Radio-Canada’s popular Sunday night talk show, Tout le monde en parle.
“Montreal and Quebec City are the hardest hit areas at the moment. They’re very close to the red zone,” he said. “We’re going to announce in the coming days because I think we’ve arrived at that point. We’re there and we have to act because people are expecting us to be transparent.”
Dubé said that difficult decisions lie ahead but didn’t give details on exactly what the red zone restrictions would look like.
The number of COVID-19 infections in the province continues to surge, with Quebec reporting 896 new cases on Sunday.
The island of Montreal has the most new cases at 375. The Quebec City area clocks in at 120 and the Montérégie has 83 new cases.
Dubé and public health officials have been calling on people to stop socializing for the next month in order to slow the spread of the virus.
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