By Don Norman
As the Interlake-Eastern Health Region goes into Orange (restricted) level today, the local outbreak of COVID-19 continues to expand. The latest provincial COVID release reports nine active cases in the Powerview-Pine Falls region and one in the Pinawa/Lac du Bonnet region. There are also three active cases listed in Beausejour. Of the nine cases listed in the Powerview-Pine Falls region, according to an October 30 release on the Sagkeeng website, five are located in Sagkeeng. There were no new active cases announced in the local area today.
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 Pinawa/Lac du Bonnet Region also includes the entire RM of Alexander as well as the RM and town of Lac du Bonnet and the LGD of Pinawa. Also, when the Advocate mentions “local cases” we mean specifically in the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa region, combined with the Powerview-Pine Falls region (i.e., our local coverage area).
Local COVID-19 cases
Today, there were 35 new cases announced in the Interlake Eastern Health Region where there are 320 active cases.
Most of the Interlake Eastern Health Region has followed the rest of the province into an Orange (restricted) level today. Except for Little Grand Rapids, and the Ochekwi Sipi Personal Care Home, Fisher River Cree Nation which are now at a Red (Critical) level.
The provincial guidelines for the Orange level of restriction is as follows:
- Stay home when sick.
- Practise social distancing, hand washing/sanitizing and cough etiquette.
- Mask use is mandatory in indoor public places.
- Vulnerable people, such as seniors, are encouraged to exercise additional caution.
- Limit private and public group gathering sizes to a maximum of five people in addition to a household.
- Individuals identified as having COVID-19 or a close contact of someone with COVID-19 must immediately enter mandatory isolation/self-isolation (quarantine) until public health officials advise they can end isolation/self-isolation (quarantine). Additional guidance on self-isolation for confirmed cases and close contacts.
- Non-essential travel outside of Manitoba is strongly discouraged. Individuals who travelled internationally or domestically (east of Terrace Bay, ON) must go into mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) for 14 days from the date of arrival to Manitoba. Additional guidance and exemptions to self-isolation for travellers.
- Businesses must operate in accordance with the public health order and in a manner that prevents transmission of COVID-19. Additional guidance for businesses in the Restricted Level.
Provincially, the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is nine per cent and 241 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., which brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 6,275.
The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 9.8 per cent. Officials advise this number is less reliable due to the smaller sample size. In addition, it does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg.
Other than what is mentioned above, today’s data shows:
- 29 cases in the Northern health region;
- 11 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
- 44 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
- 122 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
- 3,455 active cases and 2,740 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
- there are 124 people in hospital and 18 people in intensive care; and
- the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 80.
Laboratory testing numbers show 2,458 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 262,571. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.