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As per Government of Manitoba release today, 14 new probable Manitoba cases. One of those cases is said to have been tested in the Prairie Mountain Health region, which would be the first in the health region that includes Brandon. It shouldn't be immediately assumed that the case is Brandon. The release doesn't disclose what city/town the case is in, with Prairie Mountain Health covering the area shown in this map. In addition to the Prairie Mountain case, 11 of the new probable cases are Winnipeg (including one in intensive care) and 2 in Southern Health region. From the release, public health investigations are underway to confirm additional details and confirm the possible exposure of new cases. For more information in today's release please read: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/?archive=&item=47237
From what I can tell the disclosure in accordance with the Personal Health Information Act will be: - Health Authority - Gender - Age Winnipeg having its own Healthy Authority will be in a different situation than Brandon in that regard. I have a level of trust that if there was an anomaly of cases specific to any given community they would be sharing that information in the public interest. Whether the Prairie Mountain case announced today was Brandon or not one case does not an outbreak make but should be enough to remind us that no city or town is immune to COVID-19 and that we all need to take social distancing measures seriously. Knowing that this is the way it will be going forward, I suspect some will have the natural inclination toward rumours. Please continue to hold folks to being factual and call out situations where rumours are being shared in place of facts.
This link is from BC but wanted to use as an example of how more location-specific data is being used in the response to COVID-19 in a province where the virus has progressed further than we’ve seen here to date. At the link there was a case at a specific grocery store pharmacy in Kamloops, BC in which they identify the exact store and ask anyone visiting on certain dates to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms: https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-295306-48-.htm#295306 There’s been some talk in this thread about knowing more about cases at the community level. In the case of the Kamloops notice the focus isn’t on identifying the patient so much as the potential exposure, very similar to what we’re seeing here with notices about effected flights. In the event cases of community spread end up being confirmed here (which to be clear, none have as of now) I wouldn’t be surprised to see similar notices if deemed in the public interest and the interest of limiting spread.
The topic of reporting came up in this morning's provincial media conference and it was said that when there's a report of a probable case, public health makes sure the individual is isolated, then do an extensive contact investigation, then reach out to those contacts and have them also self-isolate. It was said that the need to announce the circumstances of the individual has no benefit since the province has taken those steps. If there was a case where they felt there was a number of contacts that had prolonged contact with the individual in a specific place where they would not be able to trace (not unlike the out-of-province example that I posted above earlier) then they would put that information out.
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