Manitoba records 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Henrietta Strickland
October 19, 2020

As of Friday afternoon, there were 193,622 confirmed cases in Canada, and 9,721 deaths.

Starting Monday, York Region will also join the province's other three COVID-19 hot spots in moving back to a modified Stage 2 of pandemic protocol for 28 days.

The five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba is 4.7 per cent.

"Most concerning of all, critical care admissions are reaching alarming levels".

The modified Stage 2 comes amid rising cases and includes the closure of gyms and movie theatres, and a ban on indoor dining in restaurants or bars.

25 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Health officials say there are 1,675 active cases, 1,587 people have recovered and 29 people are in hospital, including six in the intensive care unit.

The majority of the province's cases are concentrated in Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa.

Restrictions limiting visitors at long-term care homes in the region also took effect as of Saturday, the Ontario government said.

Gatherings will be limited to five people and fewer people will allowed to sit together at a restaurant table.

Business groups are anxious about how tougher COVID-19 rules for the Winnipeg region will affect company bottom lines.

Ottawa Public Health has reported 1,581 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 since October 1. It is the lowest single-day tally of new cases in nearly two weeks. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit gov.mb.ca and click on your region.

Dr. Theresa Tam issued a statement acknowledging that confusion over appropriate public health measures is understandable in light of the fact that the pandemic is playing out differently across different provinces and territories.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that the federal government is prepared to step in to ensure provincial authorities are protecting older Canadians from the outbreaks that ravaged long-term homes in several regions last spring.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province's #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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