(Province of Manitoba Release)
Public health officials advise nine additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 203. The data also shows: • 11 individuals are currently hospitalized including seven in intensive care, • 17 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and • the total number of deaths reported in Manitoba is two. Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 488 tests Saturday. As of April 5, a total of 12,998 tests have been performed. Isolation centres will be established to meet the need of Manitobans who may require some additional support as they self-isolate. This support will be offered as part of the public health investigation process to individuals who are COVID-19 positive or who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive case and require a dedicated space where they can self-isolate. The first centre has been set up in a Winnipeg hotel and began accepting individuals this weekend. These centres will adhere to the public health guidelines and guests will be required to self-isolate in their rooms at all times. Isolation centres will use enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices. All social and physical distancing practices will be adhered to and centres will practice zero contact services wherever possible. Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill. Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required. For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit: www.manitoba.ca/covid19.