New COVID-19 testing site to open in Pine Falls Friday

By Don Norman

In their latest COVID-19 update, on March 26, the Province of Manitoba announced that they would be opening two new testing stations in the province. One of them is being set up at Powerview School. The site is planned to open on Friday, March 27.

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The testing facility will be open Friday, March 27 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m and thereafter, regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday

Another testing site, also in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Area is also scheduled to open in Ericsdale on the same day.

Public health officials advise one additional probable case of COVID-19 has been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 36 at this time.

Case information includes case 37 is a man in his 20s who lives in Winnipeg. At this point, there remains only one case identified in the IE health region.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 734 tests on Wednesday, March 25, up from the day before when 352 tests were completed.  As of March 25, a total of 5,606 tests have been performed.

Public health officials are expanding testing criteria to include the following groups of people at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 and are showing respiratory symptoms:
•    Health-care workers; and
•    individuals who live/work in a remote or isolated community or a group setting, such as a correctional facility, shelter, long- term care or residential facility, or a remote work camp.

Symptomatic travellers outside of Manitoba, close contacts of a confirmed case, and lab workers who have worked with COVID-19 tests will continue to be tested.

Public health officials are strongly advising all Manitobans, including health-care providers, to cancel or postpone any non-essential travel.  This includes international travel and travel within Canada.  There should be no recreational, tourist or non-essential personal travel.  In addition, public health officials recommended that effective March 23, anyone who returns from international or domestic travel should self-isolate and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days following their return.

This recommendation does not include:
•    the commercial transportation of goods and services;
•    workers who live in a neighbouring jurisdiction and travel to Manitoba for work;
•    health-care workers who travel to work from outside the province; and
•    normal personal travel in border communities including visits to a cottage.

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.

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