The province says that 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba have recovered, while also announcing 22 new cases of the COVID-19 virus Thursday, bringing the total to 1,064, and one new death.
Public health officials say a female in her 90s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region has died. This case is associated with the outbreak at Bethesda Place in Steinbach. This brings the total number of deaths to 14.
There are six new cases in Southern Health, nine in the Prairie Mountain Health region, three in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, four in Winnipeg.
There are also currently six hospitalizations, one in intensive care, as well as 407 active cases.
Testing numbers show an additional 1,429 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 130,835. Six hundred and forty-three people have recovered from COVID-19
Preliminary investigations indicate that a case previously identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region is a health care worker from the Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon. The individual wore personal protective equipment and is self-isolating. Close contacts have been identified and the case investigation is continuing.
This information has been shared with the families, staff and close contacts. While no other cases have been identified as linked to this case and the risk is assessed to be low, in an abundance of caution, the site has initiated outbreak protocols.
The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. 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.
Effective Aug. 28, public health orders will require Manitobans to self-isolate for 14 days if:
-they have tested positive for COVID-19; or
-they have been exposed to COVID-19 by a close contact.
Individuals will be notified by a public health official if self-isolation is required. Once notified, the person must go to their residence or an approved self-isolation location and remain there for 14 days, or until they are directed otherwise by a public health official.
Exceptions will be made for in-person appointments with health care providers. However, if an individual leaves their home, they must wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and minimize the time away from their self-isolation location.
Failure to self-isolate in accordance with public health advice is a violation of the order and is enforceable under The Public Health Act. Individuals could be subject to fines for non-compliance.
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, practicing proper hand hygiene, covering your cough and physical distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physical distance, wear a mask.
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.