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The Covid-19 Pandemic

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Yesterday, Manitoba public health officials announced that the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba has reached 246, up from last week’s total of 204 from the beginning of the week.
Data shows that eight of these individuals are currently hospitalized, which includes four individuals in intensive care, down from last week’s total of 11 and seven, respectively. A total of 99 individuals in Manitoba have recovered from COVID-19 – up significantly from last week’s total of 17 – and four deaths have been recordered, two being from the past week.
Cadham Provincial Laboratory performed 32 tests on Sunday. A total of 17,245 tests have been performed since early February, up from last week’s total of 13,476, or 3,769 in the last seven days.
“Manitobans should not interpret current case numbers to mean the risk of COVID-19 is reduced,” said Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin. “The current statistics may be a reflection of the effect strict social distancing measures have had and reaffirms that these measures must be continued. Manitobans are reminded this is not the time to let their guard down. Actions taken today will affect case numbers in the weeks ahead. All Manitobans must remain vigilant to flatten the curve of this virus.”
Roussin also extended the public health orders issued on March 30 for two weeks. The orders that were to expire on April 14 are now extended to April 28, with the measures remaining in effect as before, including:
• public gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor place or premises;
• all restaurants and other commercial facilities that serve food are prohibited from providing eat-in dining service, but are allowed takeout or delivery, and must ensure appropriate social distancing is taking place; and
• all businesses not listed as a critical service must remain closed, allowing alternative remote operations.
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.
For up-to-date information on community screening sites, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.
Health officials continue to remind Manitobans to seek medical attention when it is required. For serious health issues call 911, go to an emergency department or an urgent care centre. Hospitals are safe places and health-care providers will ensure every precaution is taken while providing care.
Public health is also advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba, to essential trips only. Visiting cottages, whether in Manitoba or a neighbouring province, is not recommended at this time. Services at smaller health centres could be strained if seasonal visitors become ill.
There have been reports of multiple phishing scams and fraud related to COVID-19. Manitobans are advised not to provide any financial data, hang up on the caller and to report the call to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at (toll-free) 1-888-495-8501.
For more information and to access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit:
www.manitoba.ca/covid19.
A comprehensive list of Manitoba government COVID-19 measures can be found at:
https://manitoba.ca/bg/2020/04/covid19.html.
MPI
To protect against the risks associated with COVID-19, Manitoba Public Insurance, has implemented a new program to allow for the cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles before repairs start, and after repairs are complete.
“A special allowance will be paid to the participating shops, as we continue to ensure our customers’ safety is ensured,” said Ben Graham, President and CEO, Manitoba Public Insurance.
“Customers need not worry about the condition of their vehicle when it’s returned to them. Together, we can all work on flattening the COVID-19 curve.”
This allowance applies to all claims submitted for payment beginning April 1. It will remain while the COVID-19 State of Emergency is in effect, after which it will be reassessed.

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Jeremy Bergen
REPORTER
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