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COVID-19: 4 more deaths, increase in hospitalizations reported in Manitoba

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Manitoba health officials reported four more deaths linked to COVID-19 and a slight uptick in hospitalizations Wednesday.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,735 Manitobans with COVID-19 have now died.

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Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 rose to 387 as of Wednesday morning, seven more than had been reported 24 hours earlier.

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Numbers reported on the province’s online COVID-19 dashboard show 22 people are currently in intensive care units with the virus, down two from Tuesday.

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

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.

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. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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