Manitoba premier, public health chief unveil COVID-19 response system

By | August 19, 2020

Manitobans will get their first glimpse of a new system the provincial government will use in its efforts to contain ongoing and future outbreaks of COVID-19.

Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, will hold a media briefing at noon on Wednesday. CBC News will live stream the briefing here and on Facebook, Twitter and CBC Gem.

The new system builds on efforts by the provincial government to make their response to the pandemic more focused and tailored to local conditions.

Last week, the province updated their online dashboard to show more details on where cases have been identified, broken into 68 districts across Manitoba: 13 in the Prairie Mountain Health region, 24 in the Southern Health region, 14 in the Interlake-Eastern region and 15 in the Northern region, plus the “Winnipeg Urban” district.

Public health and political leaders in the province have said repeatedly Manitobans must learn to live with the virus, and their efforts are aimed at limiting the impact of restrictions on the economy while mitigating spread.

Cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus have increased sharply over the last month, with rising numbers of infections in multiple communities across the Manitoba, including a cluster of more than 60 cases in Brandon.

On Tuesday, health officials announced 17 new cases in Manitoba, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Manitoba to 748. There are 235 active cases, while 502 people have recovered from COVID-19.

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