No new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba as province prepares for second phase of reopening

By | May 27, 2020

WINNIPEG — Provincial health officials announced that, for a fifth straight day, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, noting the total number of cases remains at 292.

There are 14 active cases and 271 people are considered recovered.

On Tuesday, 1,145 tests were performed, bringing the total to 40,466 since early February.

Lanette Siragusa, the chief nursing officer with Shared Health, provided an update on healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus.

She said that there are still 26 people who tested positive for COVID-19, but now all of those 26 people have recovered and are back at work.

As the province announced that Phase Two of reopening will come into effect on June 1, Roussin reminded people that this is a new normal and that they still must take precautions.

“We need to be aware of this virus, we are going to need to learn to live with this virus, and staying safe includes, physical distancing. Keeping two metres from others when at all possible,” said Roussin, who added handwashing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces is also essential.

He added the most vital part of staying safe will be staying home when you are sick.

“We can no longer fight through a cold at work, or be out in public with a cold.”

WORKING FROM HOME

When asked if businesses should continue having employees working from home, Roussin said if it has been working, they shouldn’t change it.

“There’s no real reason to go back if they have been working well. As a business, they are going to have to evaluate these types of things individually,” he said. “We are in a new normal, we are not returning to normal. We are finding ways to live and to reopen with this virus, so any steps that can still prevent people from being crowded in places unnecessarily are going to be beneficial.”

This is a developing story. More details to come.

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