WINNIPEG — Health officials announced on Monday that there have been five new deaths linked to COVID-19 in Manitoba.
The announcement was made by Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief provincial public health officer, and Lanette Siragusa, the chief nursing officer for Shared Health.
All of the new deaths are from the Winnipeg Health Region and include a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 60s linked to the St. Boniface Hospital outbreak, a woman in her 70s who is linked to the Parkview Place outbreak, a woman in her 80s connected to the outbreak at Simkin Centre, and a woman in her 90s linked to the Maples personal care home outbreak.
The death toll now sits at 80.
Officials also announced 241 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 6,275 since early March.
The new cases include:
- 35 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
- 29 cases in the Northern health region;
- 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
- 44 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
- 122 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The five-day test positivity rate is 9.0 per cent in the province, and the test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.8 per cent.
There are currently 3,455 active cases in Manitoba and 2,740 people have recovered.
Officials said 124 people are in hospital and 18 of those patients are in intensive care.
On Sunday, there were 2,458 tests done, which brings the total to 262,571 since early February.
CHANGING THE WAY TO ISOLATE
Roussin said people in the Winnipeg Metro Region need to change how they isolate if they have symptoms or a household member has symptoms.
“(They) should all self-isolate pending results,” said Roussin. “So again, if a family has a child at home with symptoms of COVID, that entire family is to self-isolate pending results of that test. So it means no one else goes to school, no one goes to work.”
He added that if the test comes back negative, the self-isolation can stop if no one else has symptoms.
“We know this will lead to a lot of absenteeism. Again it is in keeping with our message that people should be staying home for the most part.”
There are people who are exempt from the changes and that includes healthcare workers, with Roussin saying they need to keep capacity in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Roussin also explained again what self-isolating is and why it is important to do so when you have symptoms and you have been tested.
“When somebody is identified as a contact of a case, and is advised to self-isolate, the real purpose of that is that, should that person become a case, they would have zero contacts because they should be self-isolating from all others.”
He said self-isolating means staying away from others in a household, and if a person is symptomatic, they should be in their own room and use their own washroom.
“We need to limit our contacts even in our own household,” Roussin said.
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