Local outbreak appears to be abating

By Don Norman

After reaching a high of 10 active cases in the local area (Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa, and Powerview-Pine Falls), it appears that it’s beginning to trend downwards. Today’s provincial release indicated that the single active case that had been reported in the Lac du Bonnet/Pinawa region is now listed as recovered.

Also, while it is not reflected in the provincial report, Sagkeeng announced yesterday, that three of the five cases that were active there on Monday, had also recovered. It’s uncertain why the Sagkeeng numbers don’t match the provincial numbers, but is likely due to Sagkeeng’s recoveries being tallied locally and a lag in that data reaching the provincial reports. The provincial release says that there are still 9 active cases in the Powerview-Pine Falls region. If the Sagkeeng recoveries are taken into consideration, the active cases are down to 6 now. There are also three active cases listed in Beausejour (unchanged from Monday).

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.

While this is some good news locally, the numbers for the health region keep rising and the provincial numbers, even moreso. The Interlake-Eastern Health Region posted 12 new cases today. There are currently 342 active cases in the region out of a total of 552 cases. There are currently 10 hospitalizations in the region, with seven in intensive care. There have been 4 deaths so far in the IEHR. The region went into Orange (restricted) level on Monday. 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.

The province reported two additional deaths due to COVID-19 today including:

  • a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at the Maples personal care home; and
  • a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface hospital.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 8.5 per cent and 374 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. and brings the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 6,751.

The test positivity rate in Winnipeg is nine per cent. Officials advise this number does not reflect the situation in other parts of the province, as cases continue to be identified outside Winnipeg.

Today’s data shows:

  • 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
  • 14 cases in the Northern health region;
  • five cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 67 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 276 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
  • 3,772 active cases and 2,892 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
  • there are 140 people in hospital and 21 people in intensive care; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 87.

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,163 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 268,504. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

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