COVID-19 in Manitoba – Current Situation

The Manitoba government is urging residents to cancel or postpone non-essential international travel as three new presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba.

The latest update brings the total of lab-confirmed positive cases to four, and the presumptive positive cases to three, for a total of seven.

The Manitoba government is also urging media to exercise caution in reporting information related to the evolving COVID-19 situation and to avoid hearsay or speculation, as this can spread misinformation.

More information can be found here.

 

Contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus.  Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

 

Public health officials are also advising schools and educational institutions to:

  • ensure ill staff and students stay home from school, and support those who are self-isolating at home to ensure they do not fall behind in their studies;
  • reduce activities in large groups and crowds;
  • increase desk distance between students; and
  • consider implementing virtual or online classrooms to reduce the number of people in classrooms and increase distance between staff and students.

Public health officials continue to recommend social distancing measures for all Manitobans including:

  • cancelling or postponing any large-scale events (events with more than 250 attendees);
  • minimizing prolonged (more than 10 minutes), close (less than two metres) contact between individuals in public;
  • avoiding greetings that involve touching such as handshakes;
  • disinfecting frequently used surfaces;
  • following public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you have travelled or have been exposed to someone ill with the virus; and
  • avoiding all non-essential travel, as well as crowded places and events. (Sourcre: The government of Manitoba, CHVN Radio, Winnipeg Free Press)