Manitoba chief public health officer to give COVID-19 update at 1 p.m.

By | September 3, 2020

Dr. Brent Roussin is scheduled to hold a news conference about the coronavirus pandemic at 1 p.m. Thursday.

CBC News will live stream the chief public health officer’s announcement here.

On Tuesday, there were 14 people with COVID-19 in hospital in Manitoba — the most people hospitalized with the illness at once in the province. That number stayed the same on Wednesday, including one person who remained in intensive care.

The province also announced two more COVID-19 outbreaks at personal care homes in Manitoba on Wednesday, both in Winnipeg.

They joined a growing list of care homes and health-care sites in the province that have initiated outbreak protocols after detecting a case of the illness, including one in Steinbach, Man., and several in Brandon, Man.

Ahead of Tuesday’s return to classes across much of the province, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen on Wednesday called for transparency from public health officials when a case of COVID-19 is detected at a school.

“I think that it’s incumbent upon us to provide enough information that not only meets the medical need, but also meets the emotional needs of parents who are in a school,” Goertzen said at a news conference, where he outlined some of the details about how positive cases in a school or child-care space will be handled.

Public health officials will first identify close contacts of the person with COVID-19, Goertzen said. Then, they’ll decide whether there’s a need to tell the people who run the school or daycare and the wider school community.

Goertzen said public health officials will let people know if they’ve been affected by a positive case, but they should also reassure them if they haven’t been.

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