IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #170 – October 20, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
IRTC UPDATE:

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.3 per cent and 110 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. However, a case was removed due to duplication. This brings the total net new cases today to 109 and number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 3,491.

Today’s data shows:

  • 2 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region;
  • 11 cases in the Northern health region;
  • 2 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 7 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region; and
  • 88 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

CASE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

 Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region

Public health officials have advised that outbreaks have been declared at Golden West Centennial Lodge, Misericordia Place and Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg. All three facilities have been elevated to red on the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Public health officials have advised that an outbreak has been declared at Bird’s Hill School, 3950 Raleigh St., Winnipeg. The school has been elevated to orange on the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The outbreak at John Pritchard School has been declared over and the school has returned to normal restrictions yellow on the #RestartMC Pandemic Response System.

Location Dates/Times
Victor H.L. Wyatt School (485 Meadowood Dr.) October 13 and 14, 2020
Robert Andrews School (3230 Manlius St., East St. Paul) October 6 and 7, 2020
Oak Park High School (820 Charleswood Rd.) October 6, 2020
Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (720 Alverstone St.) October 8, 2020
River Elm School (500 Riverton Avenue) October 8, 9, 13 and 14, 2020
Sisler High School (1360 Redwood Avenue) October 8 and 9, 2020

COVID-19 TESTING SITES – UPDATE

Location- WRHA Hours of Operation
Mobile testing site 1181 Portage Ave. Daily 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
MPI Drive-Thru Testing Site 1284 Main St. Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Testing Centre: Thunderbird House

715 Main St.

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Testing Centre 604 St. Mary’s Rd Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Testing Centre

2735 Pembina Highway

Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Drive-Thru Community Testing Site

1066 Nairn Ave.

Daily 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location -IERHA Hours of Operation
Selkirk – Drive-Thru Testing Site 622 Superior Avenue Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Eriksdale – Drive-Thru Testing Site Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave. Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Powerview-Pine Falls – Testing Centre Pine Falls Health Complex, 37 Maple St., Pine-Falls  

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via email and cell phone.

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #169 – October 19, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020
IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise the 41st and 42rd deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported, a female in her 80s and a male in his 70s, both from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Heritage Lodge outbreak. These cases were previously announced.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.2 per cent and 80 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 3,382.

Today’s data shows:

  • four cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
  • five cases in the Northern health region
  • six case in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 14 cases in the Southern Health region
  • 51 cases in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows:

  • 1,743 active cases and 1,597 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19
  • there are 28 people in hospital and six people in intensive care
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 42

Laboratory testing numbers show 1,677 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 226,594.

CASE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Location Dates/Times
Victor H.L. Wyatt School (485 Meadowood Dr.) October 13 and 14, 2020
Robert Andrews School (3230 Manlius St., East St. Paul) October 6 and 7, 2020
Oak Park High School (820 Charleswood Rd.) October 6, 2020
Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (720 Alverstone St.) October 8, 2020
River Elm School (500 Riverton Avenue) October 8, 9, 13 and 14, 2020
Sisler High School (1360 Redwood Avenue) October 8 and 9, 2020

COVID-19 TESTING SITES – UPDATE

 

Location- WRHA Hours of Operation
Mobile testing site

1181 Portage Ave.

Daily 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
MPI Drive-Thru Testing Site 1284 Main St. Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Testing Centre: Thunderbird House 715 Main St. Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Testing Centre

604 St. Mary’s Rd

Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Testing Centre

2735 Pembina Highway

Daily 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Drive-Thru Community Testing Site 1066 Nairn Ave. Daily 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location -IERHA Hours of Operation
Selkirk – Drive-Thru Testing Site 622 Superior Avenue Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Eriksdale – Drive-Thru Testing Site Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave. Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Powerview-Pine Falls – Testing Centre Pine Falls Health Complex, 37 Maple St.,

Pine-Falls

 

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #165 – October 15, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

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

St Norbert Collegiate (870 Ste.Thérèse Ave.) October 6, 2020
Winnipeg Transit Route 55

St.Mary Ave and Garry St to Lyndale and St.

Marys’ Rd.

October 5 and 6, 2020 – 4:00 p.m. to

4:30 p.m.

École Templeton (1310 Templeton Ave.) October 6, 7, and 8, 2020
Amber Trails Schools (1575 Templeton Ave.) October 5 and 6, 2020
Aborgate School (71 Normandeau Bay, La

Broquerie, MB)

October 8, 2020
Flare Airlines Winnipeg to Toronto October 5, 2020 Rows 13-19

 

 

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #163 – October 13, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise the 35th death due to COVID-19 have been reported, a male in his 70s from the rural east district in Southern Health. This was a previously announced case.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.5 per cent and 124 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,779. Of the 124 news cases, 26 were identified Monday, 83 were identified Sunday, and 15 were identified Saturday due to a backlog of cases.

Today’s data shows:
• 16 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
• 1 case in the Northern health region
• three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
• nine cases in the Southern Health region
• 95 cases in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows:
• 1,248 active cases and 1,496 individuals have recovered from COVID- 19
• there are 28 people in hospital and five people in intensive care
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 35

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,383 tests were completed Friday, 3311 were completed Saturday, 2049 were completed Sunday and 2188 were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 213,669.

CASE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

  • Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, 310 Vaughan St., Winnipeg on Oct. 5. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be low. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. The cohort is being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms
  • Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, 720 Alverstone St., Winnipeg on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct 1. Based on the public health investigation, the risk of this exposure was assessed to be The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. The cohort is being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
  • Dakota Collegiate, 661 Dakota St., Winnipeg with two cases on Oct. 6 and Oct 5, 6, and Based on the public health investigation, the risk of these exposures was assessed to be low and are not linked. The infection was not believed to be acquired at school. Close contacts to one of the cases have been contacted to quarantine. The rest of the cohorts are being advised to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop.
  • Dufferin School, 545 Alexander Ave., Winnipeg on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, this is the second case from the same cohort as a previous case at the school. This cohort and other close contacts have been advised to self-isolate (quarantine). While the investigation was not able to confirm if transmission took place at the school, the risk to the school community is still considered low.

COVID-19 Provincial Response -Update

Headingley Correctional Centre: CRITICAL

Outbreak declared/The site is moving to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. The facility has taken measures to mitigate risk including separating contacts and cases from the rest of the population, coupled with discontinuing visitation and transfers, and enhanced use of PPE.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has introduced exemptions to the Quarantine Act requirements for self-isolation related to international travel for compassionate or care-giving reasons. Provincial travel orders are being updated to reflect this change that Manitoba is supporting. People who are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 may travel to Northern Manitoba or a remote community to:

  • care for a family member or friend who is seriously ill but is not in a health care facility;
  • visit a family member or friend who is in a health care facility with a life-threatening illness or injury if the health care facility has authorized the visit; or
  • attend the funeral of a family member or friend.

In addition, people from outside Northern Manitoba or a remote community and are required to self-isolate are travelling for these reasons can complete their self-isolation in the north.

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IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via cellphone and email.

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #159 – October 9, 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise the 28th, 29th and 30th deaths due to COVID- 19 have been reported, a female in her 80s and a female in her 70s, both from Winnipeg and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place, and a female in her 80s from Winnipeg linked to Heritage Lodge. These cases were previously announced.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.1 per cent and 84 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. bringing the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,428.

Today’s data shows:

  • one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • seven cases in the Southern Health region
  • 12 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
  • 64 cases in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows:

  • 933 active cases and 1,465 individuals have recovered from COVID-19
  • there are 25 people in hospital and six people in intensive care
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 30

Laboratory testing numbers show 3,196 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 203,905.

CASE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

  • University of Winnipeg Collegiate, 515 Portage , in Winnipeg on Sept. 28 and 30, and Oct. 5 and 7. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission, or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they develop.
  • Kleefeld School, 101 Friesen Ave., Kleefeld on Oct. 1 and 2. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission, or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise cohort to self- isolate and move to remote learning.

With Thanksgiving this weekend, public health is providing guidelines for how to enjoy fall holidays and celebrations while reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/prepareandprevent.html#holidays

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces. In addition, they should focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are
  • Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your
  • Physically distance when you are with people outside your
  • If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health

COVID-19 Testing – Thanksgiving Long Weekend:

Testing for COVID-19 is available on Thanksgiving Monday at the community testing sites at:

  • 1181 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg
  • 1284 Main St. in Winnipeg
  • 2735 Pembina Hwy. in Winnipeg
  • 604 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg
  • the Van Horne Location Entrance off of Van Horne Ave. E. in Brandon
  • 622 Superior Ave. in Selkirk
  • Eriksdale Wellness Centre, 35 Railway Ave. in Eriksdale
  • Pine Falls Health Complex at 37 Maple St. in Pine-Falls
  • Southland Mall at R10-777 Norquay Drive in Winkler
  • 365 Reimer Ave. in Steinbach
  • Portage Ave. and 5th St. SE in Portage la Prairie

Additional testing capacity will be available in the coming days, including:

  • capacity to expand COVID-19 testing at 2735 Pembina Hwy on Saturday, Oct. 10, to perform at least 240 additional tests a day; and
  • the opening of a new, drive-thru testing site at 1066 Nairn Ave. on Oct. 13. The site will add immediate additional capacity in Winnipeg, performing up to 200 tests a day starting Oct. 13 and increasing capacity to 400 tests a day starting Oct.

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IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via cellphone and email

IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #158 – October 8, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is three per cent and 67 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. One previously- announced case has been removed from the case totals, bringing the net number of new cases today to 66 and the total number of cases in Manitoba to 2,344.

Today’s data shows:

  • one case in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • six cases in the Southern Health region
  • three cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
  • 57 cases in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows:

  • 863 active cases and 1,454 individuals have recovered from COVID-19
  • there are 25 people in hospital and six people in intensive care
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 27

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,736 tests were completed yesterday bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 200,710.

CASE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

  • Seven Oaks Middle School, 800 Salter St., in Winnipeg on Sept. 28 to 30. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission, or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise of the need for self-isolation and the impacted cohort is transitioning to remote
  • Earl Grey School, 340 Cockburn St. N., in Winnipeg on Sept. 29 to 30, and Oct. 7. Based on the public health investigation, there is no evidence of in-school transmission, or that the infection was acquired in school. Public health is reaching out to close contacts to advise of the need for self-isolation and the impacted cohort is transitioning to remote learning.
  • Edge Lounge and Night Club, located inside the Frantz Motor Inn, 1000 Main , Steinbach, on Oct. 4, 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Riding Mountain Village Canada Post Outlet, The No 5 Store, 21 PTH 5, Riding Mountain, on Sept 28 to Oct 2 and 5 to 6, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 m.

General Information for Fall 2020

At this time, Manitoba families are encouraged to reduce the number of close contacts outside of their households and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

Manitobans, and those visiting from out of province, are also strongly encouraged to focus on the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes:

  • Staying home if you’re sick, even if your symptoms are only
  • Washing/sanitizing your hands
  • Covering your
  • Practicing physical distancing when you are with people outside of your
  • Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces in situations where you cannot physically distance, or as required by public health

For those considering family, workplace or social celebrations, this fall it is recommended to limit holiday gatherings to household members, reduce your number of close contacts and limit the number of gatherings you attend to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Additional measures for those considering seasonal celebrations or family gatherings include:

  • People socializing in-person together are advised to physically distance themselves from members outside of their household, except for brief necessary
    • Traditional greetings such as handshakes, kissing and hugging should be
    • As has always been the case, members of the same household do not need to physically distance from each
  • Minimize workplace and other social celebrations and maintain physical
  • Where possible, plan for all or part of a celebration/gathering to be held
  • Where possible, consider virtual gatherings or other contactless
  • Everyone attending should self-screen for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening tool or the COVID-19 screening questions before attending an in-person celebration or gathering. Stay home if you are
  • Discourage attendance for people at higher risk of experiencing severe
  • Maintain lists of attendees for 21 days to ensure appropriate public health follow-up can take place if an attendee is exposed to COVID-19 during the celebration or ceremony.

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IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via cellphone and email