Coronavirus Canada Update: Cluster in Manitoba continues to grow

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Coronavirus Canada Updates: Queen’s confirms four new positive cases of COVID-19
Coronavirus Canada Updates: Queen’s confirms four new positive cases of COVID-19

Sixteen new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Manitoba, with 11 of them in the Prairie Mountain Health region and five in Southern Health.

The cluster in Brandon located in Prairie Mountain, has also grown to 64, according to chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin. Most of the cases in the area are linked to close contacts who have tested positive, said Roussin.

There are 22 people who work at the Maple Leaf Foods pork processing facility who have tested positive. Some are part of the general cluster in Brandon.

“We are seeing early signs of community transmission,” said Roussin. “Everywhere in Manitoba should be taking caution, but that area should be taking extra caution.”

Throughout the pandemic, Manitoba has had 558 cases of COVID-19. That includes 354 people who have recovered. Of the 196 active cases that remain, there are six people in hospital, which includes three in intensive care.

An additional 1,364 laboratory tests were completed on Sunday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 103,782.

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