This story will be updated when the press conference begins and throughout the conference as it runs.
Three more Manitobans have died from COVID-19 and health officials reported 170 new cases across the province Wednesday.
The latest cases bring Manitoba’s total number of reported cases to 4,701. Provincial data shows 89 people are in hospital with COVID-19, including 19 in intensive care as of Wednesday.
Since March 61 Manitobans have died from COVID-19.
Manitoba’s top doctor and chief nursing officer will speak to media about the latest COVID-19 numbers Wednesday.
Dr. Brent Roussin and Lanette Siragusa have scheduled a press conference for 12:30 p.m. Global News will stream the event live in this story.
The province announced a record-setting 184 new cases and three deaths Tuesday. Wednesday marked the ninth-straight day Manitoba has seen new COVID-19 cases in the triple digits.
Since Oct. 21 Manitoba health officials have announced 18 deaths and 1,213 new cases.
Roussin took to Twitter Tuesday to say many of the latest cases are linked to social gatherings with large groups of people.
“I urge Manitobans to reduce the number of contacts you have,” he said in the tweet. “Don’t socialize in groups or with people outside your household.”
Meanwhile an outbreak at Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg grew to 38 patients Tuesday and claimed the life of another person, according to the hospital’s website.
Late Tuesday night, St. Boniface Hospital confirmed one of the patients connected to the Victoria outbreak died after being transferred to St. Boniface.
Victoria hospital remains the largest outbreak at a Winnipeg hospital, the Winnipeg Regional Health Region told Global News Tuesday St. Boniface’s outbreak is up to 23 patients and 11 staff who have tested positive. Three deaths have been linked to the St. Boniface outbreak.
Outbreaks are also ongoing at several personal care homes in Winnipeg, including Parkview Place on Edmonton Street which has seen 19 deaths linked to the facility and 117 cases, according to the latest numbers from the province.
–More to come.
–With files from Brittany Greenslade
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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