11 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Manitoba

By | September 8, 2020

There are 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, provincial health officials announced Tuesday.

There are eight new cases in the Winnipeg health region, two in the Southern Health region and one in the Interlake-Eastern health region, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

There are 393 active cases and 940 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.

The current five-day test positivity rate is 1.3 per cent.

Public health officials will begin sharing more detailed geographical information about where COVID-19 cases are located in Winnipeg, Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced at the news conference.

The city will be broken down into 12 districts and that information will be available by the end of the week, Friesen said.

Provincial data indicates more health-care workers are sick.

A new report on the week of Aug. 23 to 29 says eight more health-care workers tested positive for COVID-19, two nurses and six people who fall under the combined category, meaning the job isn’t revealed because it may identify the individual.

Five of the workers got the virus from a close contact, while with the other three are of unknown transmission.

“It’s concerning,” Roussin said. “It reinforces the need to ensure we’re screening daily for symptoms and that PPE, where appropriate, is always used.”

He also confirmed that seven of the province’s 16 fatalities are linked to outbreaks at health-care facilities.

Four people died after they became exposed to the virus at Bethesda personal care home in Steinbach last month. Roussin also said Tuesday that two people died after an outbreak was declared at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre in April.

One person died after an outbreak was declared at Poseidon Care Centre in April.

There were 132,498 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in Canada on Tuesday. Provinces and territories listed 116,698 of those as recovered or resolved.

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