3 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, bringing total to 253

By | April 18, 2020

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Manitoba, bringing the province’s total to 253.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin made the announcement at a news conference Saturday morning.

Seven Manitobans are in hospital with the disease caused by the new coronavirus, four of whom are in intensive care units.

Roussin said 140 people in the province have recovered from COVID-19, and 108 cases are considered active.

Friday was the first time since the virus was detected in Manitoba that the province’s number of recovered cases surpassed its active cases.

Manitoba’s Cadham lab did 340 tests for COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of tests done in the province to 19,193.

Public health officials have expanded testing criteria to include people with symptoms who work or volunteer at places deemed essential services.

People with symptoms who live with a health-care worker, first responder or worker in a correctional facility, shelter, long-term care or residential facility are also now eligible to be tested.

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