Manitoba has announced a second death related to COVID-19, public health officials announced Friday.
Nine people are in hospital for the deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus, said Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer.
Six of those people are in intensive care, Roussin said.
“These are challenging times for us all. We’re seeing our case numbers grow. We are seeing severe outcomes,” Roussin said.
“We all have a role in preventing days like today.”
The province announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing Manitoba’s total of confirmed and probable cases to 182.
Nearly 12,000 tests for COVID-19 have been completed by the province’s Cadham lab, including 634 Thursday.
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On Friday, a second Manitoba care home confirmed one of its staff members has tested positive for COVID-19.
Actionmarguerite St-Vital said residents at its 450 River Rd. location who are showing symptoms of respiratory illness are being tested for COVID-19, among other illnesses. The staff member’s last day at work was Monday, the home wrote on its website.
The worker was not a direct care provider to residents, the home said. The centre is now suspending admissions and residents are being asked to self-isolate in their rooms.
On Thursday, public health officials announced nine residents of a Gimli care home are showing symptoms and being tested for COVID-19, after a worker at the Betel Home Gimli tested positive for the disease.
A patient at Riverview Health Centre also tested positive, Roussin said. Public health officials believe no other patients were exposed.
The total number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba was at 167 on Thursday.
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