Manitoba to give COVID-19 update as it moves to three briefings a week

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is set to give an update on COVID-19 in the province on Monday afternoon.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, and Lanette Siragusa, the provincial lead for health system integration, quality and Shared Health’s chief nursing officer, will be speaking at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. at the Manitoba Legislative Building. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

This briefing marks the start of Manitoba moving to three COVID-19 news conferences a week – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, For the past few months briefings have taken place on Mondays and Thursdays,

This news conference follows a weekend with 314 new COVID-19 cases – 153 on Saturday and 161 on Sunday.

The province also announced six more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number to 54.

Monday marks the start of new restrictions at Winnipeg and Northern Manitoba schools. These restrictions include ensuring physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, removing any excess furniture from classrooms, and requiring teachers and staff who move between cohorts to wear medical-grade masks. 

New rules are also in effect on Monday for the Northern Health Region and Churchill. These measures include reducing gathering sizes, limiting occupancy at a number of businesses, and closing casinos, bingo halls and entertainment facilities. 

Since March, there have been 4,249 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Mason DePatie.

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