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12 more deaths in Manitoba due to COVID-19

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: November 24, 2020 12:59

33 new cases in Prairie Mountain Health

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The province is reporting 12 more deaths due to COVID-19, increasing Manitoba's toll to 248. 

They are; 

- a man in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital, Unit E6;
- a man in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Health Science Centre unit A4; 
- a woman in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at St. Norbert personal care home;
- a woman in her 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
- a man in his 70s from Southern Heath-Santé Sud health region;
- a woman in her 70s from the Northern health region; 
- a man in his 70s from the Southern Heath-Santé Sud health region;
- a man in his 80s from the Southern Heath-Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Villa Youville personal care home;  
- a man in his 80s from the Southern Heath-Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at Oakview Manor;  
- a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Parkview Place;
- a man in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at the Fairview Personal Care Home; and
- a woman in her 90s from the Southern Heath-Santé Sud health region and linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Health officials also announced 476 news, however five were removed due to data corrections bringing the total to 471, and increasing Manitoba's total to 14,558.

Of the new cases; 33 are in Prairie Mountain Health, 37 in the Interlake region, 38 in the Northern region, 111 to Southern Health, and 257 in the Winnipeg region. 

Across the province 8,677 cases are active, including 295 in Prairie Mountain Health, and 128 in Brandon. A record 292 covid patients are in the hospital and 47 in intensive care. 

Meanwhile, the Manitoba government is introducing additional steps to ensure improved case and contact monitoring. In the coming days, an outbound automated calling system will be implemented to expand on the current methods for case and contact monitoring. 

If a case or contact has a question, they can simply press a key on the phone pad to request a call back from the public health nurse. If the case/contact is at the end of the monitoring period and has no further questions, the case/contact can be marked recovered. 

In the first phase, the calls will be used to determine if active cases can now be marked recovered. In the second phase, the system will be used to contact cases and their related contacts. This will allow public health officials to be more responsive and reach people sooner.

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