A timeline of COVID-19 in Manitoba
WINNIPEG -- As of April 4, the province has announced a total of 194 cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, both probable and lab-confirmed.
The following is a timeline of all the cases in the province, beginning on March 12, 2020:
- Manitoba health officials confirm the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in the province. The case is a woman in her 40s who lives in the WRHA area. The province says she was exposed to the virus through travel to the Philippines.
- Later in the day, the province announces two additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba: two men in their 30s who live in WRHA area. Health authorities say the men were exposed to COVID-19 through travel.
- A fourth person tests positive for COVID-19 in Manitoba. The province says it is a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg, who was exposed to the virus through travel to South Korea, the Philippines and Japan.
- Province says one of the four COVID-19 cases has been lab-confirmed, and the other three are presumptive positive.
- Manitoba’s education minister announces that all kindergarten to Grade 12 classes will be suspended for three weeks, beginning March 23.
- All four cases are lab-confirmed.
- Three more presumptive positive cases are identified, bringing the total number of cases to seven.
- Case five is a man in his 70s who lives in Winnipeg and was exposed to the virus through travel; case six is a woman in her 70s, who lives in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority area, and was exposed through travel; and case seven is a woman in her 50s from Winnipeg, exposed to the virus through travel.
- The first seven cases are lab-confirmed.
- The province announces another presumptive positive case, bringing the total of cases in the province to eight. Health officials say this case is a man in his 80s who lives in Winnipeg.
- Health officials announce seven additional presumptive positive cases in Manitoba, bringing the total to 15.
- Case nine is a man in his 60s from a community in the Southern Health region; case 10 is a woman in her 60s from a community in the Southern Health region; case 11 is a woman in her 60s from Winnipeg; case 12 is a woman in her 50s from Winnipeg, case 13 is a woman in her 40s from Winnipeg; case 14 is a man in his 30s from Winnipeg; and case 15 is a woman in her 50s from Winnipeg.
- Premier Brian Pallister announces that starting at the end of the day on March 20, all licensed childcare centres will be suspended.
- The province says six of the seven cases announced on March 17 are related to travel, and information is pending about the seventh case.
- Two more presumptive positive cases are identified in Manitoba, bring the total to 17.
- Case 16 is a woman in her 50s who lives in Winnipeg and case 17 is a man in his 70s who lives in Winnipeg. Both of these cases are related to travel.
- Premier Brian Pallister announces a state of emergency, effective for 30 days.
- The province announces surgery programs across the province will be suspending elective surgeries
- An additional case is identified in the province bringing the total to 18.
- Case 18 is a woman in her 50s who lives in Winnipeg. She was exposed to COVID-19 through travel.
- Later in the day the province announces another probable case of COVID-19.
- Case 19 is a woman in her 30s who lives in Winnipeg, and was exposed due to travel.
- Manitoba health officials announce an additional probable case of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total to 20.
- Case 20 is a man in his 40s who lives in Winnipeg and was exposed to COVID-19 through travel.
- The province announces another probable case, but says another case initially identified as probable has been ruled out. Therefore, the total number of cases stays at 20.
- The latest case is a man in his 50s who lives in Winnipeg. Health officials say it is related to travel.
- The premier announces a new online tool to help connect volunteers with those in need.
- An additional case is identified in Manitoba, bringing the total to 21.
- The newest case is a man is his 40s who lives in Winnipeg.
- The province announces that non-essential and diagnostic testing will be postponed, and suspends rent increases as well as postpones all hearings for non-urgent matters to avoid evictions.
- Provincial Health Officials announce 14 new probable positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the province to 35.
- All of the new cases are believed to be related to travel.
- Of the 14 new cases, 11 are in Winnipeg. Two new cases were in the Southern Health region, with the remaining case in the Prairie Mountain region.
- First case in child announced. Girl under age of 10 in Winnipeg listed as probable positive.
- A new case is identified in the province, bringing the total to 36.
- The case is a man in his 20s from Winnipeg. The province says it could be connected to one of the other reported cases.
- The province expanded testing for the virus. Healthcare workers and those who live and work in remote or isolated communities or group settings (correctional facilities, shelters, long-term care or residential facilities or remote work camps), and who are showing symptoms are now in the high priority testing category.
- Dr. Brent Roussin says schools are unlikely to reopen after the initial three week suspension ends in April.
- Premier Brian Pallister called on the federal government to create a Pandemic Emergency Credit Agency to help provinces financially. He said if the pandemic worsens, Manitoba will empty its rainy day fund in three months or less.
- Manitoba health officials announce the province's first death due to COVID-19, saying patient-specific details aren’t being shared at this time.
- Three new cases have also been announced, bringing the province’s total to 39. Public health investigations have begun to determine more details and to determine any possible exposures.
- Health officials in the province announced 25 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Manitoba's total to 64.
- No new deaths were reported in the province, but Dr. Brent Roussin said another person has been admitted into hospital in intensive care.
- The province announced eight new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba. This now brings the total number of cases to 72. Public health investigations are underway regarding the new cases.
- Dr. Brent Roussin said a second person has been hospitalized but the death toll remains at one.
- Roussin also announced two people have been listed as recovered.
- 24 new cases are announced in the province, bringing the total to 96.
- Four individuals are hospitalized, and one person is in intensive care.
- The province issued a new public health order, closing non-critical businesses starting on April 1. The closures are in effect until at least April 14.
- The province announced seven new cases of COVID-19, bring Manitoba's total cases to 103.
- Health officials say there are three people in hospital, two of which are in intensive care.
- A health care worker at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre is confirmed to have COVID-19.
- The Manitoba government announced that all in-class schooling has been suspended indefinitely. Grade 12 final exams have been cancelled and all students who were set to graduate will do so. All grades students have will be their final mark. They can still improve grades by doing extra projects but their grades can't go any lower.
- The city announced community athletic fields will not be opening, this includes soccer fields, football fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and skate parks.
- The city said it will also be expanding bicycle and active living transportation routes.
- Public health officials say they are seeing early signs of community transmission of the virus.
- 24 new cases are announced, bringing the total to 127 in Manitoba. As of April 1, four people have been hospitalized with three people in intensive care. Four people have recovered from COVID-19.
- Public health officials confirm that cases of the virus have been identified in workers at St. Boniface Hospital and Grace Hospital.
- New screening measures come into effect for all healthcare workers. All staff must have their temperature taken and are required to answer questions about any symptoms they have, their travel history and their exposure to positive COVID-19 cases.
- Manitoba Health Officials announce 40 new cases of COVID-19, the largest single day spike of cases so far in the province.
- An investigation into an outbreak of respiratory illness begins at the Betel Personal Care Home in Gimli, after an employee tested positive for the virus.
- Shared Health announces more than 40 health care workers at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg have been sent home to self-isolate, after two staff tested positive for the virus.
- Provincial health officials announce that there has been a second death in the province related to COVID-19. The death was a man in his 50s from Winnipeg who did have underlying health conditions.
- The province announces an additional 15 cases in Manitoba, bring the total of COVID-19 cases to 182. Nine people are in hospital, six of them are in intensive care.
- Winnipeg city council voted in favour of declaring a local state of emergency.
- 12 new cases are announced in the province, bringing the total to 194.
- Provincial health officials say 10 people are in hospital from COVID-19, six of them in intensive care.17 people have recovered so far.
- The province announces the opening of the first self-isolation centre, built in a Winnipeg hotel.