Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.4 per cent and 51 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,191. Today’s data shows, one case in the Northern health region, three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, 12 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region, and 35 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows 739 active cases and 1,429 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 with 23 people in hospital and six people in intensive care. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 23.
Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified. Public health officials are advised about additional possible exposures at the following schools:
- IQRA School at 404 Web Pl. in Winnipeg on Sept. 22, 23, 25 and 28. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission or that a case was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise self-isolation, and one cohort has been moved to remote learning.
- Stonewall Collegiate at 297 Fifth St. W. in Stonewall on Sept. 28 and 29. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence that a case was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advice self-isolation.
- College Louis-Riel at 585 St Jean Baptiste St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 28. Based on the public health investigation, this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. The public is also being advised of possible exposures at these sites:
- Chaise Corydon at 691 Corydon Ave. in Winnipeg at a private gathering on Sept. 26 from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the second level lounge area with bar and side patio.
People who attended any of the above locations on the dates/times listed should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate if they develop and seek testing.
The Health Canada COVID Alert app is now available to Manitoba residents and provides digital COVID-19 exposure alerts once the app is downloaded to a smartphone. It is available at no cost in the Apple and Google Play app stores. For more information, visit: www.manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/covidalert.html
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
- Physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
- If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.
Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
The Winnipeg Metropolitan Region is currently under an orange level where public healh is implementing the following orders on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for licensed premises:
- No sale or service of liquor may take place in licensed premises between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.
- The operator of the licensed premises must ensure that all members of the public vacate the licensed premises by 11 p.m.
- Licensed premises must be closed for dine-in services between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Staff must obtain contact information in writing from at least one person in each party attending the licensed premises and the licensee must retain this information for 21 days, after which it must be destroyed.
- The order does not prevent food from being sold from licensed premises after 11 p.m. for delivery or take-out.
- These orders impact the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region currently under orange and do not apply to liquor retail.
- Additional information can be found at www.manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/winnipeg/index.html#licensedpremises