Total number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba since March hit 400

By | July 27, 2020

WINNIPEG — Manitoba health officials are announcing 16 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified over the weekend and on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Manitoba since March to 400.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Manitoba’s Health Minister Cameron Friesen announced four cases were identified on Saturday, another six cases on Sunday, and six cases have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

“Many of these cases are related to travel or close contacts to known cases,” Roussin said.

This brings the total number of active cases in the province to 74, while the number of recoveries remains at 319.

The province said there are three people in hospital due to the virus, two of whom are in intensive care.

The number of deaths remains at seven.

 The new cases were spread across four health regions in Manitoba, including:

  • four new cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region;
  • four new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • four new cases in the Winnipeg health region; and
  • four new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The province said case investigations are ongoing, and more information will be released as needed to let the public know of any health risks.

The province said 1,393 laboratory tests were completed on Friday, with another 1,581 tests being completed on Saturday and 808 tests completed on Sunday. This brings the total number of laboratory tests completed in Manitoba since early February to 84,967.

“We’ve done well, even this last weekend, on continuing to test,” Friesen said. “Lab-testing of COVID-19 samples is crucial and a cornerstone of our approach.”

He said the province is continuing to increase testing capacity, adding DynaCare has plans to reach the 1,400 tests per day threshold this week.

Friesen said the province realizes the need for more screening sites, and recognizes the large lineups that have been at screening sites across the province. He said the MPI drive-thru testing site on Main Street was scheduled to close in August, but will remain open to keep up with demand for testing in the province.

This news conference comes two days after Manitoba entered Phase 4 of its economic reopening.

During this phase, the province has increased visitation at personal and long-term care homes; altered the restrictions on faith-based gatherings; and allowed movie theatres, live theatres and casinos to resume operations.

In recent weeks, Manitoba has also seen a spike in COVID-19 cases following a near-two week period with no new cases.

PROVINCE TO HOLD COVID-19 UPDATES ONCE A WEEK

Friesen said the province will be reducing the number of live COVID-19 updates from the Legislature to once a week. He said he will be joining Roussin for the updates moving forward.

At the height of the pandemic in Manitoba, Lanette Siragusa, the chief nursing officer for Shared Health, joined Roussin for daily COVID-19 updates.

Friesen said bulletins giving updates on COVID-19 case numbers will still be released daily.

-with files from CTV’s Kayla Rosen.

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