By Don Norman
Today’s provincial COVID release, identified a third active case in the Powerview-Pine Falls region. Two cases had previously been announced on September 15 and 18. Very soon after the September 15 provincial announcement, and the evening before the provincial announcement on September 18, Sagkeeng announced the case and proceeded to lock down the community to prevent further spread. Sagkeeng has said nothing about this case to date.
The Advocate has sent an email to Chief Henderson and to Powerview-Pine Falls Mayor, Don Maclellan asking if they have any comments regarding this case.
It’s important to note that, in terms of Manitoba Health releases, “Powerview-Pine Falls” includes the actual municipality, but also Sagkeeng, Manigotagan, Bissett, Hollow Water and Black River. It does not include the East Beaches or St. Georges. The entire RM of Alexander is listed under the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa region.
There were two other cases identified in the Interlake Eastern region, but the Powerview-Pine Falls case was the only case identified in Advocate’s readership zone.
Provincially, the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.3 per cent and 65 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,829.
The data shows:
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• three cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• three cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud; and
• 56 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 545 active cases and 1,265 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 12 people in hospital and six people in intensive care; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 19.
Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 2,234 tests were completed on Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 175,867. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.
Manitoba’s public health officials will be elevating the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System level for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to Restricted (orange) effective Sept. 28, with new measures being put in place help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the City of Winnipeg and several communities and rural municipalities outside Winnipeg. Masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places in these communities. All private and public gatherings will be restricted to 10 people both indoors and outdoors.
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the Heritage Lodge Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
Public health officials have advised the following schools about possible exposures:
• St. John’s Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16: based on the public health investigations, the exposure was assessed to be extremely low risk and the infection was not acquired at school;
• R.J. Waugh Elementary School in Carberry on Sept. 21: a positive COVID-19 case on a bus;
• Carberry Collegiate in Carberry on Sept. 21: one grade is being transitioned to remote learning as of Sept. 28 for up to 14 days; and
• John W. Gunn Middle School in Winnipeg from September 16 to 18: based on the public health investigations, the exposure was assessed to be low risk and the infection was not acquired at school.
In addition, the public is being advised of possible exposures at these sites:
• Joey’s Polo Park, 653 St. James St., Winnipeg – Sept. 16 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.;
• The Local Public Eatery, 274 Garry St., Winnipeg – Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
• Bar Italia, 737 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg – Sept. 16 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.;
• Del Rios Restaurant, 644 Main St., Winkler – Sept. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m.;
• P. F. Chang’s Restaurant, 865 St. James St., Winnipeg – Sept. 12 from 5 to 10. p.m., Sept. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• People must stay home if sick.
• Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk.
• Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.
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.