Manitoba COVID-19 cases surpass 100, now totaling 103

By | March 31, 2020

A health-care worker at Selkirk Regional Health Centre has been diagnosed with COVID-19, Manitoba public health officials say.

The staff member worked in the centre’s emergency department and medicine ward from March 19 to 23, said Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer.

Manitoba has seven new cases of COVID-19, Roussin said Tuesday, bringing the province’s total to 103.

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A Winnipeg Emergency Department nurse has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting calls from the Manitoba Nurses Union for nurses to have access to the N95 mask in some clinical situations. 

The Manitoba Nurses Union believes she contracted COVID-19 while working in the emergency department caring for patients sick with the virus. She hadn’t travelled internationally for several months.

Manitoba chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin and Shared Health chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa will do their daily briefing on COVID-19 in the province at 1 p.m. CT.

CBC News will live stream the news conference here. 

On Tuesday morning, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced in-class teaching for kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Manitoba is suspended indefinitely for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grade 12 provincial exams also have been cancelled.

The announcement follows an expanded public health order made by the Manitoba government on Monday.

Non-essential services such as bars, hair salons and massage therapy offices will shut down and restaurants will be banned from serving in their premises starting Wednesday under an expanded public health order made by the Manitoba government on Monday. 

The total number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba was at 96 on Monday. 

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