Close to 150 people – staff and students from Fellowes High School – underwent testing for COVID-19 today.
On Wednesday, the Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) ordered the Pembroke high school close until further notice after three staff members tested positive for the virus. An outbreak was declared at the school following the first two positive results. A special testing clinic was held Thursday where the health unit expected to test between 50 and 60 Fellowes staff members and approximately 90 students from the three classes directly impacted by the outbreak. Once the results are known, the RCDHU will be reporting on a daily basis, according to Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health for the RCDHU.
Fellowes is the first school in the Province of Ontario to be closed since schools reopened earlier this month. Cushman said while it was a difficult to be the first to shut down a school, it was necessary to limit the spread of the virus. He would not set a timeline for when the school will reopen as the situation will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.
He said following the first two positive cases, the feeling was that the contacts were limited to a small area of the school and number of students, but concerns were raised when the third positive test result came in because that individual had contact with three classrooms in the school.
“With that result we decided that we had to catch up if not get in front of this, rather than the virus get out and infect the entire school,” Cushman said during a telephone interview Thursday afternoon. “It was an effort to minimize the harm so far and get the evidence we needed to assess the situation and decide how to go forward.”
He said what came out during contact tracing was the staff members at the school was much more vigilant when it came to distancing and wearing masks with the students that it they were with each other. It is felt that the virus may have made its way into the school when staff members returned prior to Labour Day, Cushman noted.
“These three people, I feel sorry for them because they all had other conditions which they blame,” he said. “It’s bad luck we had three people had other problems or so they thought and they tested positive. The message is if you’ve got a symptom it’s COVID until proven otherwise.”
“For us, sometimes we’ll never know where index case came from, but our goal and our mission is to minimize further spread,” the doctor added. “It is one thing to look back and speculate but another to get on this and limit the spread to the best of our ability.
Cushman is hopeful that this recent uptick in cases in Renfrew County and district will serve as a wake-up call for residents of Renfrew County that everyone must pull up their socks and some must get with the program and take the necessary precautions related to the virus.
“Most of us have been doing our best but now we have COVID fatigue and we have to pull up our socks especially as we move toward winter and if we want to keep the schools open and the economy going,” Cushman said.
These three cases bring the total of positive COVID-19 cases to 41 in Renfrew County and district. There are currently seven people self-isolating with the virus, including the three staff members. There have been eight positive cases since Sept. 1 and with more positive results related to Fellowes anticipated, September could to be the worst month for cases since March, which saw 13 positive cases.
He sees this as the second wave of the virus and people must act now to limit the spread.
“It is only the public and its behaviours that can contain this disease to limit its spread,” Cushman said. “Once it gets to cases and contact tracing we are on the defensive so we health-care professionals are the defence, but it’s the public that is the offence. It’s really important that people pay attention to the precautionary measures – the hand washing, the masking and distancing.”
He also strongly suggests that people download the COVID Alert app which can assist the health unit with contact tracing. He also encouraged people to reassess their personal bubbles and limit close contacts with those outside their bubble.
Other keys to limiting the spread of COVID-19 remain physical distancing, wearing a mask when it isn’t possible and practising good hand hygiene, including using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
The latest case numbers, exposure alerts and guidelines: Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C.
Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Nov. 24, 2020.
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B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Nov. 23: • Total number of confirmed cases: 27,407 (10,200 active) • New cases since Nov. 20: 1,933 • Hospitalized cases: 277 • Intensive care: 59 • COVID-19 related deaths: 348 (17 new) • Cases under public health monitoring: 10,200 • Recovered: 19,069 • Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 66
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians on Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines will start to arrive in the coming months even as he acknowledged that other nations are likely to start inoculating their citizens first.
“One of the things to remember is Canada no longer has any domestic production capacity for vaccines,” Trudeau said during his regular COVID-19 news conference outside his home in Ottawa.
“We used to have it decades ago, but we no longer have it. Countries like the United States, Germany and the U.K. do have domestic pharmaceutical facilities, which is why they’re obviously going to prioritize helping their citizens first.”
At the same time, Trudeau underscored the importance of getting inoculations to Canadians.
“We know we’re not going to get through this pandemic without a vaccine,” he said.
1 p.m. – Teachers union asks parents to encourage students to wear masks
The president of the B.C. Teachers Federation has written an open letter to parents, asking them to encourage their children to wear masks in school.
Although masks are not mandatory in school, Terri Mooring says the BCTF wants parents to help “support a culture of mask wearing.”
“The school community has come together and made mask wearing normal and expected. It really helps everyone in our schools feel safer. We need to be doing all we can to ensure we keep each other safe. No one wants to bring COVID-19 home to their families,” said Mooring, who conceded that there are some staff and students who, for various reasons, can’t wear masks and some learning situations where masks are inappropriate.
“By talking to your children about wearing their masks in school, you can help us create that respectful culture of mask wearing.”
The federal government has agreed to buy an antibody drug developed by a Vancouver company to treat COVID-19 patients.
The use of bamlanivimab, developed by Vancouver’s AbCellera Biologics in partnership with U.S. pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, was approved by Health Canada earlier this week.
The government will buy 26,000 doses of the drug over a three-month period from December to February for $32.5 million US, according to a news release from Eli Lilly Tuesday.
The company says additional doses will be supplied to Canada on a monthly basis according to the country’s medical need.
Bamlanivimab is designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, neutralizing the virus and potentially treating COVID-19, according to the company.
AbCellera founder and chief executive Carl Hansen said Health Canada had granted authorization for the use of bamlanivimab to treat people over the age of 12 with mild and moderate COVID-19 symptoms who were at high risk of the disease progressing.
With the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic hanging over the holidays this year, it seems more British Columbians are turning to elaborate lights and displays to lift their spirits.
A BC Hydro report Tuesday titled “Home for the holidays: British Columbians are brightening up the holidays with bigger, more elaborate lighting displays,” finds 90 per cent of British Columbians say they are planning more elaborate lighting displays at home.
The survey found about 20 per cent of respondents are planning to add more indoor and outdoor decorations.
And, in a nod to the classic film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase, BC Hydro says there are expected to be more ‘Clark Griswold-style’ mega displays than in other years. The poll found nearly 10 per cent they are going to put up more than 10 strands of lights.
BC Hydro data shows these elaborate displays account for about three per cent of provincial electricity use, but that number is expected to rise this year.
Some of the poll’s other findings include about 22 per cent plan to put up eight strands of lights on average, up nearly 10 per cent since 2018, according to BC Hydro.
Fifteen per cent of holiday decorators plan to put up three or more displays, while about five per cent plan to put up between six and 15.
BC Hydro says there are concerns for energy use during this time, especially since 25 per cent say they still use some incandescent lights to decorate. The older bulbs are up to 90 per cent less energy efficient than LEDs, according to BC Hydro.
5 a.m. – Poll finds many Canadians gaining weight during pandemic
A new poll suggests many Canadians are gaining weight because they’re eating more and exercising less during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly one-third of respondents in the survey conducted by Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies said they have put on weight since March, compared to 15 per cent who said they lost weight over that time.
As well, about one-third of respondents said they’re exercising less, while 16 per cent said they’re working out more since the first wave of the pandemic landed in Canada in the spring.
Jack Jedwab, president of the Association for Canadian Studies, suggested that one reason may be a rush for comfort food to deal with pandemic-related anxieties.
Respondents in the survey who said they were “very afraid” of COVID-19 were more likely to report gaining weight, eating more and exercising less.
The online survey of 1,516 Canadians was conducted Oct. 29-31 and cannot be assigned a margin of error because internet-based polls are not considered random samples.
Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa, said there are plausible reasons to connect weight gain or loss with the pandemic, but he hadn’t seen any studies to convince him that’s the case.
Jedwab said the country needs to also be mindful of mental health issues that can affect the physical health of Canadians.
“With the winter coming, it’ll be even more challenging, in some parts of the country, to maintain a healthy lifestyle in terms of walking, in terms of doing basic things that will help us address our anxieties,” he said, pointing to lack of access for some to gyms subject to local lockdowns.
B.C. health officials reported Monday that 1,933 more people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the province over the weekend.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, also reported that 17 more people had died from the respiratory disease between Friday and Monday. A total of 348 people have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
12 a.m. – Potential exposures at The Morrissey in Vancouver
Vancouver Coastal Health has updated its public exposures page with potential COVID-19 exposures at The Morrissey pub (1127 Granville Street) in downtown Vancouver. The potential exposures occurred on November 12-13, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both nights.
The exposures are being described as low risk, but patrons of the pub on both nights are being asked to self-monitor for symptoms.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, the chief medical officer of health, directly addressed the youth of New Brunswick at Tuesday’s news conference, urging them to do what they can do to reverse the trend of COVID-19.
“New Brunswickers under the age of 30 are contracting COVID-19 in growing numbers and passing it to others,” Russell said. “Children, teens and young adults are not immune to this disease,” and can pass it on to others who are more vulnerable.
Russell urged them to wear a mask in public, maintain physical distancing. “You can help return all zones to the yellow phase,” she said.
Russell also announced five new cases on Tuesday, although Public Health originally reported six.
Three of the new cases are in the Saint John region (Zone 2), and include:
two people 19 and under; and
one individual 30 to 39.
Two cases are in the Moncton region (Zone 1), both cases are individuals age 20 to 29.
There are now 93 active cases in the province, with no one in hospital with the disease.
“There will be more cases,” Russell warned. “A record number of people across the province self-isolating … and the risk that our hospitals will be overwhelmed is high.”
Education Minister Dominic Cardy also spoke at the briefing.
Cardy said there are now seven schools in the Saint John and Fredericton regions that have been impacted and he understands parents are concerned, “but we have reason to be optimistic.”
He said the province has learned from the earlier outbreak in the Campbellton region.
“In the summer I was clear,” he said. “I said there would be more cases, and more deaths. This is not a surprise.”
He said officials took the summer to develop a plan, and thanks to the work of contact tracers across the province, and residents, New Brunswick was able to push COVID-19 back.
But Cardy noted a handful of classes in Zone 2 and 3 will be learning from home “in the coming week or two,” including Hampton Middle School and Lakefield Elementary School in Zone 2, and Centreville school and Montgomery school in Zone 3.
There will be remote IT services to assist parents if there are technical issues, said Cardy, who provided this number: 1-833-453-1140.
Quispamsis school reports case of COVID-19
An elementary school in the Quispamsis area is the latest New Brunswick school to report a case of COVID-19.
An email was sent out to parents at Lakefield Elementary School on Monday.
The email to Lakefield parents says the kindergarten to Grade 5 school is working with Public Health to identify students and school personnel who might have come into contact with the coronavirus.
“Public health officials will contact you if your child has been in close contact with the confirmed case and will tell you if your child needs to self-isolate,” the email said.
“If you are not contacted by Public Health officials, your child can continue to attend school.”
LISTEN | Education Minister Dominic Cardy talks about how he’s prepared to switch system to online learning at a moment’s notice
Information Morning – Fredericton14:42Covid-19 exposures in schools
Education Minister Dominic Cardy joined us to talk about going to school in the orange phase, and the COVID-19 cases and exposures in our schools. 14:42
The email went on to say that further details will not be released, in order to protect the confidentiality of students and employees.
Education Minister Dominic Cardy said Monday that schools will move to online learning right away if there are any risks to students or if the number of cases increases.
How much is too much information in a pandemic?
There’s a fine balance between saying too much and not enough during a public health crisis, an associate professor of public policy at the University of British Columbia says.
“Feeling the information is consistent and trustworthy will really help with compliance, so it’s completely crucial,” said Heidi Tworek, who is also the co-author of Democratic Health Communications during COVID-19: A Rapid Response, which has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, CNN and elsewhere.
Tworek spoke to Information Morning Fredericton on Tuesday.
When a crisis emerges, she said people tend to have a lot of anxiety and want as much information as possible.
“At the same time, we have to recognize there is a limit to information authorities may be able reveal,” she said.
New Brunswick Public Health has been cautious about how much information it makes available to the public, withholding all details except the health zones where cases have turned up, the ages of the people who tested positive, and whether their cases are travel-related or under investigation.
Although some of her counterparts have used data to show how the disease has spread through a particular area, Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, has said she will share only what she’s decided the public needs to hear.
There are seven zones in New Brunswick.
However, Zone 3, the Fredericton and River Valley area and the largest zone in the province, contains more than 20 communities.
Tworek said that if New Brunswick Public Health got too specific about where cases are, people in other areas might let their guards down, causing the virus to spread.
“We need to figure out the balance how specific to get … while at the same time trying not to reveal so much, for example, we’re stigmatizing certain people,” she said, citing what happened during the early years of AIDS and HIV which caused some stigmatization around gay people.
Russell has also avoided answering questions on other issues related to COVID-19 during the COVID news conferences that have happened on and off since the outbreak started in March.
But there isn’t a magic formula, Tworek said.
She said countries around the world have taken different approaches to releasing public health information, partly because they have different laws about privacy, she said.
Some countries are also more transparent. When the respiratory virus first broke out, authorities in Taiwan made a point of being transparent with the public, telling the public it didn’t have enough masks to go around and those that were available were needed for health-care workers.
However, countries like Canada have different degrees of disclosure depending on where a person lives. And some members of the public might have more trust in public health authorities than others.
She said the most important objective is for public health officials to build trust with the people they’re communicating with. And they can do this by explaining how and why they’re making certain decisions.
“It’s a very tricky balance.”
Saint John mayor asks public to stay calm
Saint John Mayor Don Darling says he’s never been happier to have the flu.
Darling received a negative COVID test result Monday. But it’s been a roller-coaster experience.
“I am following the rules.,” he told Information Morning Saint John on Tuesday. “I’m masked and I’ve never washed my hands more in my life.
“There’s a fear, there’s a shame. I didn’t know if folks were going to show up with tiki torches outside my home.”
He has been self-isolating since Friday after experiencing several COVID symptoms, including aches, trouble breathing, a cough and fever.
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The Saint John region was recently sent back to the orange phase because of the recent spike in cases.
There are currently 43 active COVID cases in the Saint John region
Darling is reminding residents to stay patient and calm.
“We’ve seen it in our community, folks speculating and hunting down those that have COVID,” he said. “Those that have COVID are human beings.”
The hospitality industry has been “barely hanging on,” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the vice- president of Restaurants Canada in Atlantic Canada says.
Bars, restaurants should be shut down, Saint John bartender says
A Saint John bartender says the government should temporarily shut down bars and restaurants in order to control the local COVID-19 outbreak.
Liv Wagg, 26, has been off work and self-isolating since last Thursday, after a possible COVID exposure notice at her workplace.
It’s been a stressful week, said Wagg, and every bartender she knows is on edge.
Wagg said she normally enjoys going to work and she thinks it’s nice for people to be able to socialize in bars, but she doesn’t agree bars should be open right now.
“I don’t think they should be,” she said. “I think we should be seeing a little bit more leadership from the government.”
Wagg said bar owners are taking precautions and following the rules, but a closure order would be a more clearcut way to reduce the spread.
Bar and restaurant staff have felt “weird” about working since the mandatory mask order came into effect, she said.
That’s partly because it’s hard to get patrons to follow the rules, said Wagg.
Customers often absent-mindedly pull down their masks to talk to her. And she has to remind them to put them back on.
“People forget and they’re like, ‘Oh, I can’t talk with this thing in my mouth.'”
Premier Blaine Higgs announced Monday that New Brunswick will not be making changes to the Atlantic bubble, despite Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador temporarily pulling out. 1:45
It happens so often, she said, it’s “almost comical,” except for the threat it currently presents to public health.
It puts bartenders in a difficult position, said Wagg, to expect them to catch and confront people who put fake names down for contract tracing or come in with people who are not members of their bubble, as the premier said during Monday’s news conference.
“I feel like it’s going to be really, really difficult to execute,” said Wagg.
When the bar is busy, she said, there isn’t time to double check names.
Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, says there hasn’t been evidence of community spread in the province, but there are still 13 active COVID-19 cases under investigation. 1:22
And often young bar patrons will have IDs that show their parents’ address, not their student accommodations.
Wagg would also like to see the government make COVID testing more available to bar and restaurant staff. Nova Scotia has just done that. And it’s been recommended by epidemiologist Colin Furness based on what’s been learned from the way the disease has spread in Ontario. Chief medical officer Dr. Jennifer Russell said Monday that she’d consider it.
“I think that’s a really good idea,” Wagg said. “Anyone working in customer service really should be able to have more access to testing right now.”
Wagg said she hasn’t even tried to get a COVID test because she’s heard from other bar staff that she won’t get one because she doesn’t have symptoms.
New Brunswick isn’t following suit, although Premier Blaine Higgs is asking people to be cautious about travel outside the province.
New Brunswick Public Health reported 15 new cases on Monday, and one death, a person in their 80s in the Saint John region.
Eleven of the new cases are in the Saint John region (Zone 2), three are in the Moncton region (Zone 1) and one in the Fredericton region (Zone 3), Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, said at Monday’s news conference.
All 15 of the new cases have been “identified and are isolating,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health at a news briefing Monday.
As of Monday, the province had a total of 89 active cases.
Seven people in New Brunswick have died of the disease since the pandemic started.
Moncton and Saint John have both been pushed back to the orange phase of recovery, while the rest of the province has stayed at the less restrictive yellow phase.
Potential public exposure warnings for Saint John, Moncton
New Brunswick Public Health has released the following possible exposure to COVID-19 warnings for locations in Moncton and Saint John, including gyms, stores, bars, restaurants and on flights.
Anyone who visited the following businesses during the identified times should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.
Anyone who develops any COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and take the self-assessment online to schedule a test.
Saint John area
Rothesay Route 1 Big Stop Restaurant onNov. 14 between 12:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. (2870 Route 1, Rothesay).
Pub Down Under on Nov. 14, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (400 Main St., Saint John)
Fish & Brew on Nov. 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (800 Fairville Blvd., Saint John)
Cora Breakfast and Lunch on Nov. 16 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (39 King St., Saint John).
Goodlife Fitness McAllister Place on Nov. 16 between noon and 1 p.m. and on Nov. 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (519 Westmorland Rd., Saint John).
NBCC Grandview campus on Nov. 16, 17, and 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (950 Grandview Ave., Saint John).
Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio on Nov. 19 between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (47 Clark Rd., Rothesay)
Let’s Hummus at 44 Water St. between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Eighty-Three Bar Arcade at 43 Princess St. on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m.
Callie’s Pub at 2 Princess St. on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m.
O’Leary’s Pub at 46 Princess St. on Nov. 14 between midnight and 2 a.m.
Five and Dime Bar at 34 Grannan St. on Nov. 14, between 12:30 to 2:30 a.m
Freddie’s Pizza at 27 Charlotte St. on Nov. 14, between 2:30 to 3 a.m.
Big Tide Brewing Company at 47 Princess St. on Nov. 16, between 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Java Moose at 84 Prince William St. Nov. 16, between 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Rocky’s Sports Bar at 7 Market Square on Nov. 13, between 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Potential public exposure was also reported on Nov. 14 between 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
RD Maclean Co. Ltd. on Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at 200 St. George St., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
GoodLife Fitness on Nov. 21 at 555 Dieppe Blvd, Dieppe, between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Fit 4 Less at 165 Main St. on Nov. 6-12, at various times between 5 p.m. and midnight. Full list on Public Health website.
GoodLife Fitness at Moncton Junction Village Gym on Nov. 6, between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Potential public exposure was also reported on Nov. 9, between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Aldo Shoes at Moncton Champlain Mall on Nov. 6-10 at various times between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
CEPS Louis-J. Robichaud fitness room at 40 Antonine-Maillet Ave. on Nov. 6, 9, 10 and 12 at various times in the evening from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tandoori Zaika Cuisine and Bar at 196 Robinson St. on Nov. 8, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Keg Steakhouse and Bar at 576 Main St. on Nov. 17, between 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Flights into Moncton:
Air Canada Flight 8954 on Nov. 15 from Winnipeg to Toronto, arrived at 8:16 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 8918 on Nov. 15 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:43 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 0992 on Nov. 7 from Mexico City to Toronto, arrived at 7:20 p.m.
Air Canada Flight 8918 on Nov. 7 from Toronto to Moncton, arrived at 11:43 p.m.
The province has reported 12 more Manitobans have died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, many of which are linked to outbreaks at hospitals and care homes.
For more than a month straight, Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, has listed off a growing list of Manitobans who have died of COVID-19 every single day.
Tuesday saw that grim trend continue, as Roussin reported the deaths of 12 more people.
These deaths include:
A man in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital, Unit E6;
A man in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Health Science Centre unit A4;
A woman in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Norbert personal care home;
A woman in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
Two men in their 70s from Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region;
A woman in her 70s from the Northern health region;
A man in his 80s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Villa Youville personal care home;
A man in his 80s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Oakview Manor;
A man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
A man in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Fairview Personal Care Home; and
A woman in her 90s from the Southern Heath–Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home.
Roussin said the province defines COVID-19 deaths as someone who has died and has tested positive for COVID-19 unless health officials can clearly say it was not responsible for the death.
“If COVID-19 was at all related to it, then we would consider that a COVID-related death,” Roussin said.
He said, as an example, if someone died in a car crash and had tested positive for COVID-19 – it would not be counted as a COVID-19 death.
Since March, 248 people have died of COVID-19 in Manitoba.
ACTIVE CASES OF COVID-19 MAY BE LOWER THAN RECOVERIES, ROUSSIN SAYS
These cases bring Manitoba’s total number of cases to 14,558 since March, though the province removed five cases from the total on Tuesday due to a data correction.
The province also reported 280 more people have recovered from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, which brings Manitoba’s total recoveries to 5,633.
The province reported the number of active cases is 8,677, but Roussin said the actual number of active cases might be much lower.
He said if the number excludes those in hospital and accounts for unreported recoveries – which are considered 10 days after symptom onset – then the number of active cases would be 3,363 active cases.
There are now 292 people in hospital due to the virus, including 47 people in intensive care.
MANITOBANS NEED TO BRING THE NUMBERS DOWN, TOP DOCTOR SAYS
“We all know we need to bring these numbers down,” Roussin said, adding the caseloads are straining the health-care system.
“It does require us to limit a lot of things we love to do, but right the message is really clear – we need to stay home as much as possible.”
Roussin said the more people stay home, the fewer contacts each case will have, which will lead to a drop in Manitoba’s surging cases.
He reported 476 new cases of COVID-19, which have pushed Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate to the highest it has ever been, reaching 14.2 per cent on Tuesday.
The majority of the cases are in the Winnipeg health region, which reported 257 cases of COVID-19 and has a test-positivity rate of 13.9 per cent.
The other cases reported on Tuesday include:
37 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
38 cases in the Northern health region;
33 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region; and
111 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.
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