IRTC COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin #130 – September 1, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

IRTC UPDATE:

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent and 18 new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 1,232

The data shows that there were:

  • 7 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 2 new cases in Southern Health region
  • 9 new cases in the Winnipeg Health region The data also shows:
  • 459 active cases & 759 individuals have recovered from COVID-19
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 14
  • hospitalization information is delayed due to a technical issue and will be updated as soon as possible

As students prepare to return to school, masks will be required on all school buses as passengers may be in close proximity for extended periods of time with no ability to physically distance from each other. This is a change from the previous requirement which only applied to Grade 4 and above. The new rule includes drivers, students, and any other passengers on the bus.

Starting today, all visitors arriving at health-care facilities are required to wear a non-medical mask. This extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province.

While primary care clinics and other locations providing health services are not currently included in the mask requirement, all Manitobans are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when seeking care.

The dashboard and graphs are updated daily at 1 p.m.

The Chart below shows the active, recovered and deaths to date related to COVID-19 in Manitoba by their region. (Updated: September 1st, 2020)

Regional Health Authority Active Cases Recovered Death
Winnipeg (WRHA) 148 277 5
Southern Health 52 205 8
Prairie Mountain 246 209 1
Northern 0 4 0
Interlake Eastern (IERHA) 13 64 0

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

CASE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

Preliminary investigations indicate that two cases announced today from Prairie Mountain Health are residents at the Assiniboine Centre at the Brandon regional Health Centre. This brings the total number of cases associated with the centre to three patients and two health-care workers. Additional case investigations are continuing.

Public health advises of two potential public exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred. The first is at Warlock Tattoo, located at 2324 Park Ave. in Brandon. The second exposure is at the East Side Mario’s at 1570 18th St. in Brandon. Dates and times are listed online and can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event.

TRIBAL NURSING OFFICER UPDATE

Appropriate use of non-medical mask or face covering

When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.

Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:

  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping

Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased benefit.

Non-medical masks or face coverings should:

  • not be shared with others
  • not impair vision or interfere with tasks
  • not be placed on children under the age of 2 years
  • not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials
  • not be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials
  • not be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues
  • not be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or anyone who has trouble breathing

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019- novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks- face-coverings.html

IRTC in-office essential services schedule:

All IRTC Staff are available continuously via cellphone and email