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Previous COVID Patient Produces Positive Test, Health Officials say Not an Active Case – VOCM

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It’s been 23 days with no new cases of COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, however there was one positive test recorded yesterday.

The result was from an asymptomatic employee at Eastern Health who had COVID-19 in the past and had recovered.

The test was done as part of a screening protocol and not because the person reported symptoms.

Public Health evidence indicates that it is not a new case of COVID-19, as the test is good at detecting the genetic material of the virus that may present, even if the virus can no longer produce infection.

Health officials say the person’s close contacts – both professionally and personally have been notified and are being tested out of an abundance of caution. Local unions were notified Friday night.

Because this is not considered a new or active case, all numbers related to COVID-19 in the province remain the same. To date, 15,800 people have been tested.

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Four straight days of no new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba – CTV News Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG —
For the fourth straight day, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

Health officials announced on Saturday that as of 9:30 a.m., no new cases have been identified.

There have been 325 lab-confirmed and probable cases in the province since early March.

As of Friday, there are 16 active cases in Manitoba and 302 people have recovered from COVID-19. The death toll remains at seven.

Since early February, 64,968 tests have been performed.

The province will provide an update data on case numbers, active cases and recoveries on Monday. 

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Why airlines won't contact you if a passenger with COVID-19 was on your flight – CTV News Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG —
The Manitoba government has explained why health officials are notifying airline passengers about possible COVID-19 exposure, and not the airlines themselves.

In recent days, the province has advised passengers on three Air Canada flights to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms, as a recent positive case was a passenger on the flights.

The flights are listed below:

  • AC 295 from Winnipeg to Vancouver on June 19. Affected rows are 19-25.
  • AC 122 from Vancouver to Toronto on June 21. Affected rows are 31-37.
  • AC 259 from Toronto to Winnipeg on June 23. Affected rows are 24-30.

Health officials said those in the impacted rows are considered close contacts and are asked to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Any other passengers on the flights are asked to monitor for symptoms.

Since the pandemic started, the provincial government has maintained a list of flights where passengers with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were on.

However, some have wondered why provincial health officials are providing the updates, instead of the airlines.

CTV News Winnipeg reached out to the Manitoba government for additional information on the process.

A provincial spokesperson said the plan to post information on flights publicly, instead of requesting flight manifests, was established early in the pandemic.

“There is no direct evidence at this time that contacting individual air travellers has made it possible to find cases earlier,” the spokesperson said in an email to CTV News. “All air travellers should be self-monitoring for symptoms post-travel.”

The spokesperson went on to add, “Flight manifests take time to retrieve and often do not have contact information for all travellers that allows public health to follow-up. Airlines do not contact air travellers about public health issues directly.”

The province said the process is consistent with national guidelines and said most jurisdictions in Canada will publicly post the flight information for COVID-19 cases.

There have been 325 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba since March 12.

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No new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba for 4th straight day – CBC.ca

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No new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Saturday, marking the fourth straight day since a case of the illness was identified in the province.

The total number of cases identified in Manitoba is still 325, the province said on Twitter.

Numbers on testing, recoveries and hospitalizations will be updated again on Monday.

As of Friday, 16 of the known cases in the province were still active and no one was in hospital with COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, seven people who contracted the illness caused by the new coronavirus in Manitoba have died and 302 have recovered.

As of Friday, the total number of COVID-19 tests done in the province was 64,968.

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