Manitoba health minister to announce COVID-19 measures

By | June 22, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s health minister will announce new COVID-19 measures for the province Monday morning.

Cameron Friesen will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. from the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the conference.

Manitoba has reported 313 cases of COVID-19 since March, with the two most recent cases announced over the weekend. Health officials will provide an additional update on the weekend cases, along with the number of active cases in Manitoba, at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Earlier this month, Friesen announced rapid response COVID-19 testing would be coming to several northern Manitoba communities, including Thompson, The Pas, Norway House Cree Nation, and the Percy E. Moore Hospital at Peguis First Nation.

Friesen said the province was also looking into purchasing serological test kits, which could help identify people who had contracted COVID-19, but didn’t show symptoms.

As of Friday, a total of 56,317 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the province, according to the Manitoba government. Testing is currently open to individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19, which include coughing, headaches, fever/chills, muscle aches, and shortness of breath.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

-With files from CTV’s Devon McKendrick and Danton Unger

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