Manitoba’s premier is expected to give an update on a provincial website designed to link Manitobans with neighbours needing a little extra support during the COVID-19 pandemic at a media briefing Tuesday.
Global News will stream Brian Pallister’s 11 a.m. press conference live in this story.
The online portal, called helpnextdoormb.ca was created to connect those who want help with those who are able to help, Pallister said when the site went live back in March.
A media invite to Pallister’s Tuesday morning press conference says he will make a call out for volunteers at the event.
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Provincial health officials announced 241 new cases of the novel coronavirus and five deaths from the virus Monday. The news followed a weekend with 661 cases and 10 deaths.
The cases bring the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 6,034 as of Monday. Since March 80 Manitobans have died from COVID-19.
Winnipeg moved into the red zone on Manitoba’s pandemic response scale on Monday and the rest of the province was elevated to orange.
That means newly tightened restrictions have forced the closure of restaurants and bars in the capital city except for takeout and delivery. Other measures include limiting capacity at most retail stores to 25 per cent and suspending sports and recreation programming.
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In the rest of the province, restaurants, bars and stores are limited to half capacity. Public gatherings across the province are capped at five people _ a restriction that was recently implemented in the Winnipeg region only. The orders will be in place for at least two weeks.
When the Help Next Door MB website was announced March 23 the province had 20 probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
After going the summer with few or no new cases Manitoba — and Winnipeg particular — has seen a significant increase in recent months with deadly outbreaks in care homes and a deluge of community spread.
There have been 1,926 new infections and 25 deaths in the last week alone.
–With files from The Canadian Press
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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.
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