55 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Manitoba on Saturday

By | August 29, 2020

An outbreak has been declared at the Hillcrest Place personal care home in Brandon, Man., after a worker there tested positive for COVID-19, the province says in a news release.

The employee’s case was one previously identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region, which includes Brandon. The person wore personal protective equipment at work and is now self-isolating, the release says.

The site has been moved to the red, or “critical,” level in the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system.

The risk at the site is low, but outbreak protocols have been started out of “an abundance of caution,” including putting precautionary measures in place and restricting visitation, the release says.

Fifty-five more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Manitoba as of Saturday morning, more than half of which are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, the release says.

The update brings Manitoba’s total active cases to 444, the release says.

31 new cases in Manitoba’s southwest

Thirty-one of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

Nineteen are in the Winnipeg health region, while five are in the Southern Health region, the release says.

To date, 1,155 cases of the illness have been identified in the province, and 693 people have recovered.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate, a rolling average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, is now 2.6 per cent, the release says. That represents a slight increase from the rate of 2.3 recorded on Friday.

The province says numbers on coronavirus-linked hospitalizations, including the number of people in intensive care, will not be updated again until Sunday because of upgrades being made to its data system this weekend.

As of Friday, five people with the illness were in hospital, with one of those in intensive care.

New mask rules, public health orders

As of Saturday, face masks are mandatory for people riding Winnipeg Transit buses, those using Winnipeg Transit Plus, and those going into city spaces, including libraries and community centres.

New public health orders came into effect on Friday, which allow the province to immediately fine people $486 every day for not properly self-isolating. That change came because some people weren’t following the rules, said Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin.

Two deaths linked to COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba earlier this week, both of whom were patients at the Bethesda Place care home in Steinbach, Man. Fourteen people with the illness have now died in Manitoba.

An outbreak was declared at the facility on Aug. 17, while one at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon, Man., was declared on Thursday.

On Friday, 1,293 more COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba, bringing the total number done since early February to 133,378, the release says.

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