Provincial COVID-19 update for Oct. 14

As Manitoba counts its 37th novel coronavirus related death, statistics continue to worsen as the positivity rate and infections reach new highs.

Public health officials advise the 36th and 37th deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a male in his 80s and a female in her 70s both from Winnipeg. These were previously announced cases.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.4 percent and 146 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,925. Of the 146 news cases, 39 were identified Monday and 107 were identified Tuesday.

Today’s data shows:
•    nine cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
•    four cases in the Northern health region;
•    two cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    17 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
•    114 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
•    1,374 active cases and 1,514 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
•    there are 27 people in hospital and three people in intensive care; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 37.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,200 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 215,861. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Public health officials advise exposures have been identified on West Jet flight WS204 on Oct. 2, Edmonton to Winnipeg, rows one to five.

Individuals in the affected seats on this flight are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on this flight, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.

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 www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:
https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

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