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On Thursday, the province announced a record-high 193 new cases throughout Manitoba, continuing a weeks-long trend of large increases. The death toll also jumped again, to 62. There are 97 people in hospital, representing all ages and demographics, and 17 people are in the ICU. In the last week, the province have warned that the healthcare system is under strain and that Winnipeg hospitals are nearing their ICU capacity.

Our local health districts report 79 active cases. There are five new cases in Steinbach, three new cases in Hanover, and one new case in Niverville/Ritchot. An exposure took place at the Niverville MCC Thrift Shop on October 20, with a volunteer testing positive.

An exposure has been announced at Gabrielle-Roy. Sources say that four people from the school have tested positive, and they were last on campus October 19 and October 20. They may have been infectious during the time.

The individuals are from the Grade Six, Grade Eight, Grade Nine, and Grade Ten cohorts.

Based on the public health investigation, this exposure has still been assessed to be low risk overall for the school community, according to the province. Close contacts are being advised to self-isolate and seek testing if symptoms develop, effective today. No close contacts in the school have been identified.

An outbreak has also been declared at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach.

At the daily health briefing on Monday, Dr. Brent Roussin delivered an impassioned overview of the state of Manitobans’ fight to reduce COVID-19. He made it clear that, at the moment, many people aren’t doing their part to minimize contacts outside their household.

Dr. Roussin says a large number of the new cases are a result of large social gatherings, and many cases are linked to Thanksgiving. Another significant vector has been funerals.

He then gave some more specific examples. Some people have attended medical procedures without disclosing that they’ve been close contacts of positive cases. An entire surgical team has had to self-isolated as a result of an exposure of this type.

In another case, someone attended as faith-based organization with a large number of people, then visited a personal care home where many vulnerable people were exposed to the virus. This led to an outbreak at that personal care home.

Other people continue to attend large social gatherings while symptomatic. People are going to work for up to a week, with symptoms, without being tested. Other people have gotten tested but failed to self-isolate. A known positive case had a gathering at their home.

The overall message, according to Dr. Roussin, is very simple: if you were asked today to list all the contacts you’ve had in the last week, and you could not remember them all—then you’ve had too many contacts. He says he will not be successful unless we address their key metric.

Looking ahead to Halloween, Dr. Roussin issued a reminder that hosting Halloween parties with more than five guests is currently "against the law." Fines for people who fail to comply with public health orders are $1,296 per individual, and $5,000 for businesses.

The following information will be revised daily as new local cases are announced by the province.

As Of October 29, 12:30 p.m.

Niverville/Ritchot: 14 active, 66 recovered, 1 death.

Hanover: 16 active, 35 recovered, 1 death.

Tache: 6 active, 16 recovered.

Steinbach: 42 active, 84 recovered, 5 deaths.

St. Pierre: 1 active, 1 recovered.

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