Manitoba confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths in the province, a female in her 80s and a male in his 70s, both linked to the Heritage Lodge care home outbreak in Winnipeg. There were 80 new cases reported in the province as a whole, with 51 in the Winnipeg region.
The province also announced Dakota Medical Centre in Winnipeg will be the first community clinic to introduce COVID-19 testing, through a partnership with the Manitoba government and Doctors Manitoba.
Beginning on Tuesday, the province will begin an appointment-based scheduling system for COVID-19 tests at three locations in Winnipeg.
Monday marked the beginning of the new restrictions in the Winnipeg region for at least two weeks. At a press conference Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief medical officer of health, said how long these restrictions will last will be dependant on the number of cases in the region during this period of time.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, announced Monday the non-essential travel restrictions between the Canada-U.S. border will remain until Nov. 21.
“Our decisions will continue to be based on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Blair’s tweet reads.