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159 tested in Brandon for COVID-19

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: March 26, 2020 07:56

One case identified in the Prairie Mountain Health region

Image: Brandon COVID-19 test site - Q Country/Star FM News

The first case of COVID-19 has been identified in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

PMH says to protect a person's privacy, they do not release the exact location of patients in smaller communities, and anyone who's considered a close contact of a positive case will be notified directly by public health officials.

At Brandon's designated testing site, a total of 159 people have been tested for COVID-19 as of March 25th.

Manitoba health officials announced 14 new provincial cases Wednesday, bringing the total up to 35. 

They say, of the latest cases, there's a Winnipeg woman in her 60's who's in critical condition, a Winnipeg girl under age 10, and a health-care worker, who was not on the job when they were infectious with the virus.

Health officials believe all the new cases are travel-related, and also say social distancing could be in place for months.

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