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Two new COVID-19 cases in the province

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: May 22, 2020 13:16

Effective today, gathering sizes have increased to 25 indoor and 50 outdoor

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Two new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Manitoba today increasing the province's total to 292, in the Prairie Mountain Health region the total is still 26. 

Health officials say there are 18 active cases, with one person currently in hospital, and no one in intensive care. 

The number of deaths due to the virus remains at seven, with 267 people having recovered. 

Meanwhile, effective Friday (May 22) public health orders have been modified to increase the limit on gathering size to no more than 25 people for indoor premises and 50 for outdoor areas, providing social distancing measures are in place. In addition, players, coaches, managers, training staff and medical personnel employed by or affiliated with a professional sports team may attend the team's facilities for the purposes of training and practicing, provided that no members of the public are permitted to enter those facilities.

Health officials also say understanding the patterns and trends of COVID-19 transmission is an important component of Manitoba's reopening strategy and will inform the gradual lifting of public health restrictions and other elements of the province's response to the virus. Manitoba has developed several options for sentinel testing including introducing voluntary asymptomatic testing for clients in a number of health-care settings to further monitor the presence of COVID-19 in the province.

Manitobans who present for non-COVID-19 related care may be offered the testing as part of sentinel surveillance. Testing for COVID-19 is still not recommended for Manitobans who do not have symptoms associated with the virus. People without symptoms should not seek out testing at this time.

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