Coronavirus: Additional case reported, surgical activities to increase over next week

Manitoba officials are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 response.

The province has recorded an additional case of the novel coronavirus.

The number of cases in Manitoba stands at 263. Six people have died. Seven people are in hospital, with three in ICU, 196 people are recovered and there are 61 active cases.

As of yesterday, an additional 786 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 22,172.

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“It is important for people who meet the criteria and are showing even mild symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough, a runny nose, a sore throat and a fever, to be tested to better determine the spread of the virus in Manitoba,” reads a statement from the province.

Lanette Siragusa of Shared Health said there are numerous postponed surgeries that cannot wait any longer.

“We can’t slow surgeries down long-term,” Siragusa said. “There’s only so long we can slow down for before we have to start building up again.”

As a result, surgeries will be ramped up at:

  • Health Sciences Centre
  • the Pan Am Clinic,
  • Concordia Hospital,
  • Misericordia Health Centre,
  • Grace Hospital,
  • St. Boniface Hospital,
  • Victoria General Hospital,
  • Boundary Trails Health Centre,
  • Selkirk Regional Health Centre and
  • Brandon General Hospital.

The most urgently needed surgeries will be scheduled first, she said.

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The monitors, 100 of them, cost about $3,000 each, said Siragusa.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

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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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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