Truck driver in his 40s is Manitoba’s latest coronavirus case: health officials

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba chief public health officer, said Monday Manitoba's latest COVID-19 case is a man in his 40s from the southern health district. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba health officials say there is one new COVID-19 case to report Monday.

Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin said the latest case is a man in his 40s from the southern health district. He said the man is a truck driver, and the case is related to travel.

The new case brings Manitoba’s number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases of COVID-19 to 314.

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As of Monday morning Roussin said no one is hospitalized or in ICU with the virus. He said 293 people are listed as recovering from COVID-19 and there is currently 14 active known cases.

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the province remains seven.

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At a briefing Monday Roussin also released further details on five recent cases announced since Friday.

He said two of the cases — a man in his 40s from Winnipeg announced Friday and a man in his 30s from Winnipeg announced Saturday — are both travel related. He said both men are truck drivers.

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A second case announced Saturday is a woman in her 20s from Winnipeg, who Roussin said was asymptomatic when she was tested. He said health officials are continuing to investigate her case.

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Roussin said two cases announced later in the day on Friday —  man and woman in their 50s from the Southern Health Region — are related to travel and contact with a known case.

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Officials say one of those people was in JT’s Store and Diner, at 40 Penner Dr., in Blumenort on June 10 at approximately 6 p.m.

“The individual was symptomatic at the time, and public health is sharing this information to ensure people are aware and could seek testing if they were at this location and have symptoms,” Roussin said.

Indoor personal care home visits

The province moved to relax more of its COVID-19 restrictions starting Sunday, and on Monday Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen said limited indoor visits would be allowed at personal care homes (PCH) starting Tuesday.

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Health officials  gave more details on the plan Monday afternoon.

Chief Nursing Officer for Shared Health Lanette Siragusa said the personal care home visits will be limited to designated visitors who have been approved by individual PCH care teams.

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The visits must be scheduled, and visitors will be screened for symptoms and history of travel of COVID-19 exposure. They will also be required to wear a mask while in the facility, she said.

Siragousa said visitors must maintain social distancing throughout their time in the home.

Earlier in the day Friesen stressed the reopening of visits at homes may be restricted again, if needed.

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“We’re taking this step because the evidence supports it,” he said.

“But by the same token our decision to curtail those visits in the future will be based on evidence.

“If we see that the numbers are rising we may curtail those, right across the province or we could take a more localized approach — a site-by-site approach — if we see something negative happening.”

Under the province’s third phase of reopening, restaurants and bars no longer have to operate at half capacity, however, tables must be two metres apart or have a physical barrier between them.

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Non-smoking bingo halls and video lottery terminal lounges can also reopen at half capacity.

Child care centres and retail stores can return to normal capacity, and people arriving in Manitoba from other western provinces, northern territories and northwestern Ontario no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Larger public gatherings are also permitted. People can now fill up to 30 per cent of the capacity of any venue as long as they can be split into groups of 50 indoors or 100 outdoors.

–With files from The Canadian Press

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