The Pas announces possible COVID-19 case, no cases listed in district by province

No new northern cases of COVID-19 were announced by the province Oct. 6, but the Town of The Pas is advising that a case has been found in the district that includes the town.

"Provincial public health officials have advised us of a reported exposure of a positive case of COVID-19 in the The Pas/OCN/Kelsey District of the Northern Health Region," reads an update from the Town of The Pas, posted online Oct. 5.

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"Public health nurses and staff are already conducting extensive contact tracing and monitoring."

While municipal government announced a case in the community, no cases in the district have yet been added to the provincial government's COVID-19 dashboard. There are 13 active cases of COVID-19 in the NHR - eight in the Shamattawa/York Factory/Tataskweyak/Split Lake district, two in the Bunibonibee/Oxford House/Manto Sipi/God's River/God's Lake district, one in Thompson/Mystery Lake and one in Island Lake. One case is listed as being in an unknown district - it is unknown if this is the case announced in The Pas.

No cases are currently listed in The Pas/OCN/Kelsey district. There is no word on whether the case was in a person who lives in the region or who lives elsewhere but travelled through the region.

A possible exposure to COVID-19 was reported involving The Pas - the Oct. 1 Mahihkan Bus Lines bus from Winnipeg to The Pas, which stopped in Portage la Prairier, Dauphin, Swan River and Mafeking before reaching The Pas.

The Manitoba government added another 56 cases of COVID-19 to the province's totals Oct. 6, bringing the province up to 781 active cases and 2,246 total cases since the pandemic began. Out of those 781 cases, 671 are in Winnipeg. Another death from COVID-19 was announced by the province Tuesday, the fourth in the past week. The victim was listed as a woman in her 70s in the Prairie Mountain Health region, living in the Whitemud district which contains Neepawa and Carberry. The woman's case was previously announced and is tied to a "communal living situation".

Twenty-eight Manitobans are in hospital due to COVID-19, with seven people in intensive care.

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