Manitoba has identified 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total to 194.
Ten of those patients are in the hospital, with six of those in intensive care, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said at a news conference Saturday afternoon.
Of those patients, 14 work in health care in Manitoba — 12 in the Winnipeg area and two in the Interlake area — Shared Health chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa said.
Testing has been completed for residents of Betel Home in Gimli, and confirmed no residents tested positive for COVID-19.
Isolation centres are being set up for people who have been directed to self-isolate and may need extra support to do so. The first has been set up in a Winnipeg hotel and will begin accepting patients this weekend.
These centres will follow public health guidelines and require people staying there to self-isolate in their rooms at all times, the province said. Isolation centres will use enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices.
The total number of deaths in the province related to the disease caused by the new coronavirus remains at two.
Manitoba’s Cadham lab performed 567 COVID-19 tests on Friday. As of Saturday, a total of 12,514 tests have been performed.
The province is postponing dates for making campground reservations scheduled for April 6 and April 8. Existing campground, group-use and yurt reservations are still valid, but may be cancelled if the situation changes.
Public health officials are urging people to stay in or near their home communities and limit even travel within the province to essential trips, because services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors get sick.
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