11 new COVID-19 cases identified in Interlake Eastman Region

17 new cases in Interlake Eastman Region over the past week

By Don Norman

In the latest COVID-19 Update from the Province, public health officials announced 18 new cases over the weekend. 11 are located in the Interlake Eastern Health Region (IEHR). The 11 new cases for the IEHR are in addition to five reported on Friday and another last Tuesday (July 14).

The five cases reported on Friday were linked to a single Hutterite colony in the region, but that outbreak has spread to other colonies. The government release wasn’t clear on which colonies or whether the 11 cases that were identified in the IERH this past weekend were linked to that outbreak. However, at today’s briefing, Dr. Roussin said that there are 20 cases in three separate colonies in the IERH and the Southern Health Region, and he said we can expect to see more cases identified as a result of these cases and there have been contacts in other colonies.

The Interlake Eastern Health Region is huge. With an area of 61,000 square kilometres, the region extends east to the Ontario border, north to the 53rd parallel, west to the eastern shores of Lake Manitoba and south to Winnipeg’s north perimeter dipping down just past Winnipeg to slightly below the Trans-Canada Highway eastwards to Ontario. There are six Hutterite colonies in the region – three in the Interlake and three in the eastern section – and (as is standard with the province’s releases) they did not name the specific location.

These 17 new cases identified in the Interlake Eastern Health region are the first since mid-April.

Public health officials also noted the current five-day test positivity rate is 0.83 per cent and 18 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified over the weekend as of 9:30 a.m. today. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is now 354.

In addition to the cases in the IERH, the province announced,
•    three cases in the Winnipeg health region,
•    three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region, and
•    one case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region.

The latest update also marks the first hospitalization for COVID-19 since the last patient was discharged on May 22.

One of the individuals announced as a positive COVID-19 case was a passenger on Asiana flight OZ 0704 from Manila, Philippines to Seoul, South Korea on July 7, Air Canada AC 0064 Seoul to Vancouver on July 8 (rows 26 to 32) and Air Canada AC 0296 Vancouver to Winnipeg on July 8 (rows 21 to 27).
 
Individuals on this flights are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.

Additional information about flights and affected rows is updated, when available, at  www.manitoba.ca/covid19/flights.html.  

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