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8 New Probable Cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, Two People Recovered

March 29, 2020 11:13 AM | News

WINNIPEG — Manitoba has reported eight new probable cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), bringing the total in the province to 72.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, says as of Sunday, one person remains in critical condition in hospital due to the virus, while another person has been admitted to hospital. There has been one death associated with COVID-19 so far in the province and two people have recovered.

Manitoba saw its biggest jump in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 25 new patients being identified.

As of Monday at 12:01 a.m., public gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises.

This includes places of worship, gatherings and family events such as weddings and funerals. This does not apply to a facility where health care or social services are provided including child-care centres and homeless shelters.

• Retail businesses including grocery or food stores, shopping centres, pharmacies or gas stations must ensure separation of one to two metres between patrons assembling in the business.
• Public transportation facilities must also ensure that people assembling at the facility are reasonably able to maintain a separation of one to two metres.

New testing site opening in Pine Falls

A new community testing site will open Monday in Pine Falls at École Powerview School at 33 Vincent Street. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.

There are 15 community testing sites in Manitoba, including six drive-thru locations, with plans to open in more communities in the next week. The public is reminded that a referral to these sites is needed and they are not walk-in clinics.

Any person concerned about their exposure to or risk of having COVID-19 should call Health Links — Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to be screened to see if a test is required.

Watch Sunday’s COVID-19 media briefing:

YouTube video

Further information on COVID-19 can be found at Manitoba.ca/covid19.