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Manitoba Moves to Identify COVID-19 by Health District

August 14, 2020 5:00 PM | News

Dr. Brent Roussin

Manitoba chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin speaks at a media news conference at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski)

WINNIPEG — In response to criticism that Manitoba health officials were being too vague in how they reported new cases of COVID-19, the province is now identifying the virus by health district.

“This additional information allows Manitobans to stay informed on COVID at a more local level,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, on Friday.

“Every Manitoban though, no matter where they live, must continue to follow the fundamentals to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

New cases — 4o of which were reported on Friday — are now being identified based on 68 health districts, instead of the five regional health authorities.

The number of districts per health region is as follows:

  • Prairie Mountain Health — 13 districts
  • Southern Health– 23 districts
  • Interlake–Eastern Regional Health Authority — 15 districts
  • Northern Regional Health Authority — 15 districts
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority — two districts, including Churchill, but will be reported as its own area.

Manitobans can see current COVID-19 numbers in their individual health district by visiting Manitoba.ca/covid19.