One new case connected to cluster at Manitoba workplace

By | May 8, 2020

WINNIPEG — The province has announced one new case of COVID-19, bringing Manitoba’s total to 284.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said this new case is related to a cluster at a workplace in Brandon.

Roussin added this new case is not a concern to the public health.

This brings the cluster’s total to eight.

There are currently five people in hospital and no one is in intensive care.

Roussin said there are 30 active cases in the province, while 247 people are considered recovered.

The death toll remains at seven.

There were 543 tests performed on Thursday, bringing the total to 29,343 since early February.

NEED TO BE CREATIVE THIS MOTHER’S DAY

With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, Roussin said this is an event that should be celebrated, but added that Manitobans should find creative ways to celebrate.

“We need to think of connecting virtually. If we do get together, certainly avoid large get-togethers, it’s best to meet outdoors if possible and maintain that social distancing,” said Roussin.

Lanette Siragusa, the chief nursing officer for Shared Health, said this year’s Mother’s Day will be one for the history books.

“This pandemic has really caused us to look at what is important in our lives and certainly acknowledging people’s contributions and the important relationships is part of this celebration,” said Siragusa.

She added that for those mothers who are in the hospital or care homes, gifts of food are still possible as long as they are dropped off in plastic, wipeable and disposable containers.

Siragusa said people can also drop off phones or tablets that can be wiped down and even clothes that can be washed.

This is a developing story, more details to come.

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