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Manitoba added 100 new cases of COVID-19 and reported another death from the virus Monday.
The latest death is a woman in her 80s who had been a resident at Parkview Place Long Term Care Home in Winnipeg. Her death is the 18th connected to a deadly outbreak at the Edmonton Street personal care home.
Manitoba’s top doctor Dr. Brent Roussin and Chief Nursing Officer Lanette Siragusa gave a live COVID-19 update Monday after hundreds of new cases and several more deaths were reported over the weekend.
Roussin said Siragusa will be joining him more regularly at the press conferences — which will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday going forward — as rising case counts continue to put stress on hospitals and medical staff.
As of Monday, there were 80 people in hospital and 15 people in intensive care, while the number of deaths due to the coronavirus is 55.
“It’s certainly disappointing to be in a position where we need Lanette back to discuss the health care system capacity,” Roussin said.
Monday’s new cases marked the seventh consecutive day new daily case counts have been 100 or higher in Manitoba. Over the past week 831 new cases have been identified and 14 people have died.
The latest cases bring the province’s total number of lab-confirmed cases reported in Manitoba to 4,349.
Premier Brian Pallister announced Monday that an additional test site will be opening at 125 King Edward St. on Halloween.
“Additional sites are being planned at the University of Manitoba and Assiniboia Downs to provide greater access for Manitobans,” he said in a press release.
With growing numbers of cases in the northern health region and Churchill, the province introduced targeted measures under the restricted (orange) level of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System Monday to reduce community spread of the virus by reducing prolonged close contact between people.
The changes are the same elevated restrictions currently in place in Winnipeg, which include closing casinos and bingo halls and limiting occupancy in restaurants.
Extra measures are also being put in place for schools in the Winnipeg area and the north starting Monday. They include cancelling field trips, banning choirs and wind instruments and requiring substitute teachers to wear medical masks.
The province says the latest measures will be in place for a minimum of two weeks.
Meanwhile provincial officials said Monday an outbreak of COVID-19 at Headingley Correctional Centre, just west of Winnipeg, began with a guard who worked for two days before developing symptoms.
The outbreak now includes 33 inmates and six staff members.
Justice officials say five staff at other facilities and one inmate at a youth correctional facility have also tested positive.
Justice Minister Cliff Cullen says the pandemic is being taken very seriously and the province has developed comprehensive plans, including instructional videos for inmates and staff, to deal with the situation.
He says inmates and guards are required to wear masks and interactions between people has been limited.
The opposition New Democrats and union leaders have been critical of the provincial response to the pandemic behind bars, saying it puts inmates and guards at risk.
As of Sunday, Manitoba had 2,053 known active cases and 2,142 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, according to provincial data.
Manitoba’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate was 6.9 per cent as of Sunday.
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–With files from The Canadian Press and Global’s Amber McGuckin
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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.
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