Trucking company COVID-19 outbreak rises to 10, two new Manitoba cases reported Monday

Two new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend increased the total number infected at a Brandon trucking company to 10, the province's chief public health officer reported on Monday. The two new cases are both contacts of known cases at Paul's Hauling, where an outbreak began last week. There have been six employees and four close contacts infected.

The first reported case at the trucking outfit has been linked to community transmission. Roussin announced two additional cases of COVID-19 in the province during his daily briefing with the media. Both cases, increasing the province's total to 289 since the first case was reported on March 12, are in the Prairie Mountain Health Region but are not linked to the outbreak at the trucking company in Brandon.

Roussin said one of the two new cases he reported on Monday is likely linked to community transmission while the other is a close contact of that person. Roussin said that, so far, the situation is contained. Roussin reported no new recoveries, leaving that total at 247 while increasing the number of active cases to 35.

The Cadham Provincial Laboratory completed 374 tests on Sunday to push the total number of tests since early February to 31,029. Four people remain in hospital, including one patient who is in intensive care. Chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa said the province's first mobile testing unit launched on Monday and will service those who are unable to leave their homes for testing and those who are at higher risk if they leave their homes due to being immunocompromised.

The service is being overseen by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and will involve their home-care rapid response team. The province is moving to an every-other-day approach to its press briefings moving forward. The daily briefings with the media will now be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the foreseeable future, Roussin said.

The province began doing them every day at the beginning of the outbreak but had recently scaled them back to only weekdays.

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