Manitoba’s top doctor to give COVID-19 update at 12:30 p.m., following province’s deadliest day in pandemic

By | October 8, 2020

Manitoba’s top doctor will give an update on COVID-19 in the province on Thursday afternoon.

Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin’s announcement comes after three more deaths were announced in Manitoba on Wednesday, making it the province’s largest single-day jump in fatalities linked to the illness.

One of those deaths was a resident of Parkview Place, the fourth COVID-19 death at the downtown Winnipeg care home.

That’s the same number of resident deaths as at Bethesda Place in Steinbach, which was previously the single deadliest care home outbreak in the province.

Manitoba also set a new record for tests done in a single day, with 2,395 completed on Tuesday. People in Winnipeg have been waiting hours for a COVID-19 swab at the city’s testing sites.

Meanwhile, some Manitobans say they’re facing frustrating wait times for their COVID-19 test results and on the phone with Health Links.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Premier Brian Pallister promised more testing sites in the city, which currently has five. He also said he’s pushing for Winnipeg’s existing sites to be open longer.

More pandemic measures also took effect in Manitoba on Wednesday.

Masks must now be worn in all doctors’ offices and community service providers affiliated with the province’s health regions, though there can be accommodations for people not able to wear masks for medical reasons.

New rules for restaurants and bars, including cutoff times for liquor and dine-in service, also took effect in the Winnipeg area on Wednesday.

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