Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, says travelling to Manitoba is now a risk, as a number of clusters of COVID-19 have been found west of Winnipeg.
Young Hoon says the health unit is tracking the amount of new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, and travel to the neighbouring province isn’t recommended. Manitoba has reported just over 1,000 confirmed cases and 13 deaths, with 408 active cases of COVID-19.
“We are monitoring Manitoba’s statistics. Most of their cases from from the prairie-mountain health region, west of Winnipeg. But the public needs to be aware that there is an increased risk in Manitoba, and there is a section with increased public health measures.”
The Prairie Mountain Public Health Unit put additional safety measures and restrictions in place on August 24, as they declared a state of emergency in their area. Manitoba is divided into four separate health regions.
New health measures in the Brandon, MB area include restricting indoor gatherings to 10 people, requiring masks while outside if you’re near 4 or more people, and mandatory masks in enclosed public spaces.
“When individuals in our catchment area choose to travel to Manitoba for non-essential travel, they need to take appropriate precautions. Things such as social distancing, wearing a mask in indoor spaces, following good hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, stay home if you’re sick and get tested if you’re sick.”
Anyone arriving in Manitoba is required to self-isolated for 14 days, but northwestern Ontario residents are exempt if they have not travelled to another country or part of Canada in the 14-day period immediately before entering or arriving in Manitoba, and they’re not showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
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