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Coronavirus: Manitoba cases remain at 20 after one more case, one case removed

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Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer, announced during Monday's coronavirus briefing that there is a new travel-related probable case of COVID-19, a man in his 50s, in Winnipeg, Man. He said that the total probable and confirmed cases in Manitoba remains at 20 as of Monday after an additional case described as probable was ruled out – Mar 23, 2020

Manitoba’s coronavirus numbers remain at 20, despite the addition of another probable case.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, said officials identified another case, a man in his 50s as a probable case.

However, another case has been ruled out, keeping our number of confirmed and probable cases at 20.

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The latest case is related to travel, said Roussin.

READ MORE: Why Manitoba isn’t doing widespread coronavirus testing right now

Roussin said the current orders to keep crowds to 50 or less only applies to public spaces, not to workplaces.

The province will be moving to releasing numbers once a day. In the past 10 days, they had been releasing twice a day.

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Lanette Siragusa of Shared Health said blood supplies are in much better shape, but said if people have 0-negative blood, they’re asked to continue to donate.

Wider testing is being planned, said Roussin, but won’t do so until capacity permits.

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“[We’re] Looking at ways to increase capacity,” he said, but they’re still focusing on priority cases like health workers and the elderly.
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READ MORE: Why Manitoba isn’t doing widespread coronavirus testing right now

“I can tell you from an acute care perspective … we are at low volumes right now, low occupancy,” said Siragusa.

“We should continue to be vigilant, but w’ere not seeing COVID-19 in our hospitals right now.”

As for medications, Roussin acknowledged the current one-month supply limit may be reviewed in light of an expected increase in visits to pharmacies and increase of dispensing fees.

Manitoba currently has 20 cases of COVID-19. All have been transmitted via international and domestic travel.

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There is no plan to limit intra-province travel at this point.

Manitoba declared a state of emergency last week. Premier Brian Pallister will be talking to media today at 2 p.m.

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