Dr. Brent Roussin to give COVID-19 update at 1 p.m.

By | August 9, 2020

Manitoba’s chief public health officer will give an update on COVID-19 in the province Sunday afternoon.

CBC News will live stream Dr. Brent Roussin’s announcement here at 1 p.m.

On Saturday, 16 new cases of the illness caused by the new coronavirus were announced in Manitoba. Most of the new cases were connected to a known cluster in Brandon, or to close contacts of known cases of the illness, the province said.

As of Friday, Roussin said 34 cases were linked to the Brandon cluster. Those cases are tied to a person who returned to Manitoba from eastern Canada and did not properly self-isolate, he said, though it’s not likely health officials will be able to pinpoint the precise source of the outbreak.

The update on Saturday brought the total number of active cases in Manitoba to 148. The highest number of active cases to date in the province was at the peak of the pandemic in early April, when there were 163.

Manitoba’s five-day rolling test positivity rate jumped to 1.23 per cent on Saturday, from 1.1 per cent the day before.

As of Saturday, there were nine people with COVID-19 in hospital in the province. Three of them were in intensive care.

The most recent death linked to the illness in Manitoba happened on July 22, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related fatalities in the province to eight.

Cases in Steinbach, Brandon

One of the province’s latest COVID-19 cases is a worker at E.G. Penner Building Centres in Steinbach, the store said in a statement on Saturday.

The employee, who did not work in the retail part of the store, is now self-isolating, the statement said. Anyone who has been in direct contact with them is advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

All store areas and company equipment that the sick employee had contact with have been sanitized and disinfected, the statement said.

Meanwhile, a McDonald’s restaurant in Brandon shut down on Saturday after a worker there was presumed positive for COVID-19.

The employee at 2626 Victoria Avenue reported it late that night, McDonald’s Canada said in a statement. The person had last worked at the restaurant on Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., the statement said.

The restaurant immediately shut down to be cleaned and sanitized. Other staff who may have been in close contact with the worker have been asked to self-isolate until more information is available.

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