Coronavirus: No new cases in Manitoba Monday; COVID-19 phishing scams starting to show up

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the province.

About 400 people were tested Sunday and none of the results came back with a presumptive positive, said Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Public Health Officer for Manitoba.

Those who do not have symptoms should not be tested, nor should they present themselves at testing centres, said Roussin.

Seven people have been diagnosed with presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 in Manitoba.

Three more presumptive cases were identified Sunday, including one person in the Interlake.

All three people had recently travelled internationally, Manitoba Health said late in the afternoon Sunday.

Roussin said scams are now showing up online, and people are being warned that scammers are pretending to be calling from Manitoba Public Health.

As for daycares, they are remaining open at this time, said Roussin, although re-iterated again that talks are ongoing.

Roussin also cautioned people from large gatherings, especially with St. Patrick’s Day happening Tuesday.

A new, dedicated testing site opened in Thompson Monday at the Plaza Mall in the Thompson Clinic.

Flin Flon and the Pas will open sites as soon as tomorrow, said Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer for Manitoba Shared Health.

Health Links saw 1,700 calls Sunday, with an average wait time of 1 hour and 43 minutes, she added.

“We are continuing to add staff, including those University of Manitoba nursing students.”

The province is testing a new online self-assessment tool, said Siragusa.

Health care facilities, including long-term care homes, are now under elevated visitor restrictions.

Confused about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is very low for Canadians, but they caution against travel to affected areas (a list can be found here). If you do travel to these places, they recommend you self-monitor to see whether you develop symptoms and if you do, to contact public health authorities.

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.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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