Health officials announce 1 new COVID-19 case in Manitoba

By | April 21, 2020

Manitoba health officials announced one new COVID-19 case on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 255.

Of those, seven people are in hospital, including four in intensive care. 

The number of deaths remains at six.

The number of active cases is at 99, while 150 people have recovered.

While the increase in the number of new cases over the past couple of weeks has been relatively low, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin said it is important to continue being vigilant.

“Our low numbers should not indicate to you that our risk is lower,” he said during Tuesday’s daily COVID-19 briefing. “To continue our progress, we need to continue with those social distancing strategies.”


Conserving PPE

The province is still working to improve its supply of personal protective equipment and has implemented new measures to conserve what it has, and to ensure it goes to those who need it most, officials said in a Tuesday news release.

As such, officials are recommending anyone entering a health-care facility wear a cloth mask. People are also encouraged to wear non-medical face masks during any health-care interaction, as well as when using public transit, Transit Plus (formerly known as Handi-Transit) or a taxi.

The province has also implemented new guidelines, similar to other jurisdictions, for doling out the protective equipement. It has classified situations based on the level of risk to workers and to the population they are caring for:

  • Green zones are settings or situations involving care or service for individuals who are not considered COVID-19 suspects.
  • Orange zones involve care or service for individuals who meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing, those who have been tested, and whose results are pending.
  • Red zones involve care or service for individuals who have been tested and confirmed to have COVID-19.

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