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Now 4 sites for coronavirus testing, larger gatherings should be cancelled: Manitoba officials

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, is asking Manitobans to reconsider any upcoming travel plans amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, is asking Manitobans to reconsider any upcoming travel plans amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Randall Paull/Global News

Manitoba is starting to take more extraordinary measures to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

At a press conference on Friday, officials said gatherings of more than 250 people should be postponed or cancelled.

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Two additional sites are also now open for testing for the novel coronavirus, including the Mount Carmel Clinic on Main Street and Access Transcona on Regent Avenue in Winnipeg. These two sites join Access Winnipeg West on Booth Drive and Access Fort Garry on Plaza Drive.

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Patients should call Health Links before heading to a screening centre. Walk-in patients without a referral is discouraged.

Testing at the sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Those who require screening after those hours will be sent to urgent care sites and emergency rooms.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief medical health officer, said those planning to travel should rethink their plans.

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People who have travelled internationally, including to the United States, during the last two weeks should not visit personal care homes, even if they’re asymptomatic, said Roussin.