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Manitoba Woman Dies from COVID-19 as Two New Cases Announced

April 15, 2020 1:20 PM | News

WINNIPEG — Manitoba health officials say a woman in her 60s has died from COVID-19 (coronavirus), bringing the total number of deaths associated with the pandemic to five.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, said the woman had lived in the Prairie Mountain Health Region and had underlying medical conditions. She had not been admitted to the intensive care unit, but was being treated in hospital.

The province on Wednesday also announced two new probable cases of COVID-19, as well as two cases that had been considered probable, have since been ruled negative. The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba remains at 246.

Nine people are currently hospitalized, which includes four in intensive care. Active cases sit at 132, while 108 people have recovered.

Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 305 tests Tuesday. A total of 17,902 tests have been performed since early February.

Health-care workers test positive

Lanette Siragusa

Lanette Siragusa, provincial lead, health system integration, quality/chief nursing officer for Shared Health, speaks during the province’s latest COVID-19 update at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg, Thursday, March 26, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer with Shared Health, provided an update on Wednesday to reveal 21 health-care workers have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Of those, 19 work in Winnipeg and two in the Interlake-Eastern Region. The cases include seven nurses, four medical staff and 10 support staff. Nine have since returned to work, while 12 are still in isolation.

There have been no additional positive cases involving health-care workers since April 9.

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

Watch Wednesday’s media briefing:

YouTube video

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

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