October 15th Covid Update

Written by Staff Writer
CJ Radio News

Public health officials advise the 38th death due to COVID-19 has been reported, a male in his 40s from the Winkler district in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region. This was a previously announced case.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.9 per cent and 173 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m., bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,098.

Today’s data shows:

• six cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;

• three cases in the Northern health region;

• eight cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• 23 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• 133 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:

• 1,527 active cases and 1,533 individuals have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 25 people in hospital and five people in intensive care; and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 38.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,117 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 217,878. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

As COVID-19 activity increases, licenced personal care homes (PCHs) in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region have been elevated to Critical (red) in the Pandemic Response System. This means any new PCH admission will remain isolated for 14 days upon arrival and there will be no new admission to a PCH with a suspected or confirmed outbreak will be paused unless the new resident is already confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

Public health officials advise that with the increase in cases, the number of possible exposures continues to rise. There have been 10 possible exposures at schools in Winnipeg, additional exposures in other settings in the Southern Health–Santé Sud and Prairie Mountain health regions as well as on a Winnipeg Transit bus, one school bus and two flights.

Possible exposure locations will be shared on social media and are listed online by region at the province’s Pandemic Response System webpage at:


Story was last updated at: 2020-10-15 14:19:50


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