A man in his 40s from the Winkler District of the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region is the latest COVID-19 related death in Manitoba, bringing the province's total related deaths to 38 as of October 15th.

Chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, added this is also the third COVID-19 death in Manitoba since October 13th.

According to provincial data, this was a previously reported case, and Dr. Roussin indicated during Thursday's regularly scheduled update there were underlying medical conditions.

In addition, 173 new COVID-19 cases were announced Thursday in Manitoba.

Today’s data shows:
• six cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• three cases in the Northern health region;
• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 23 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 133 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Manitoba's total COVID-19 case count is now 3,098 with 1,527 active cases and 1,533 recovered. There are 25 people in hospital with five in intensive care.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,117 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 217,878. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

As COVID-19 activity increases, licenced personal care homes (PCHs) in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region have been elevated to Critical (red) in the Pandemic Response System. This means any new PCH admission will remain isolated for 14 days upon arrival and there will be no new admission to a PCH with a suspected or confirmed outbreak will be paused unless the new resident is already confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

Public health officials advise that with the increase in cases, the number of possible exposures continues to rise. There have been 10 possible exposures at schools in Winnipeg, additional exposures in other settings in the Southern Health–Santé Sud and Prairie Mountain health regions as well as on a Winnipeg Transit bus, one school bus and two flights.

Possible exposure locations will be shared on social media and are listed online by region at the province’s Pandemic Response System webpage.

Flight information is listed at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html.

For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 within regions, visit:

Southern Health–Santé Sud health region
Prairie Mountain Health region 
Winnipeg health region:

The outbreak at Maplewood Manor in Winnipeg is considered over and the facility has moved to yellow from red on the pandemic response system.

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 online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit here.