21 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, 17 in Winnipeg

By | September 14, 2020

There are 21 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, 17 of them in Winnipeg, provincial health officials announced on Monday.

There are three new cases in the Southern Health region and there’s one in the Interlake-Eastern Health region.

Another possible COVID-19 exposure has been identified in Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg.

A person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 went to Beaverlodge School on Thursday, in the morning and afternoon.

“The individual was asymptomatic and followed all public health measures,” Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said.

The school community and the cohort have been notified. Additional cleaning of high-touch areas is being undertaken out of an abundance of caution.

The school is not being elevated under the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system, given the low risk and limited number of close contacts identified, a news release said. All schools in the province remain at the yellow, or caution, level.

Officials also warned on the weekend of possible COVID-19 exposures at two other Winnipeg schools — John Pritchard School in North Kildonan and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in the West End.

There are 257 active cases in the province and 1,176 people have recovered from COVID-19.

The five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent.

Close contact with a known case of COVID-19 now accounts for 61.1 per cent of all cases in Manitoba, and 15.4 per cent of cases have an unknown source, provincial data says.

Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5, 14 health-care workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus, says a report from the province.

On Sunday, the province reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, including 11 in Winnipeg.

One of those 18 cases has since been reassigned to the Winnipeg health region from the Northern Health Region, Roussin said.

On Friday, the first probable cases of COVID-19 on First Nations in Manitoba were announced: one on Fisher River Cree Nation and another two on Peguis First Nation.

Roussin confirmed these cases on Monday.

Both First Nations set up rapid COVID-19 testing stations for close contacts and those experiencing symptoms.

As of Monday morning, Canada has 136,972 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 120,564 of those as recovered or resolved.

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