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Province raises threat level in Prairie Mountain Health region

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Manitoba’s public health officials have elevated the Pandemic Response System level for the Prairie Mountain Health Region to Restricted (orange) effective immediately. New measures are now in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
“As part of the new Pandemic Response System, we are able to move quickly with specific, targeted measures for this region,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen.
“Based on the recommendations of our public health experts, stronger restrictions are needed to put us back on track in this part of our province.”
As of Monday, masks are mandatory in all public indoor places and at all indoor and outdoor public gatherings in the region. Public gatherings are also restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.
“These new steps are in direct response to the spread of the virus through large, family and other gatherings, which is why we are restricting gathering sizes and mandating masks in all indoor public settings,” said Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer.
“If public health begins to see other forms of transmission, additional steps may be required to contain the spread.”
The restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks. Further direction or additional restrictions may be put in place by public health at any time.
As of Aug. 20, there were 235 COVID-19 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region. When considered in combination with a number of other indicators announced as part of the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, public health officials believe an increased response level was required to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Previous provisions in place for all other sectors in the region remain in place, however, public health officials will be closely monitoring the situation should further restrictions be needed.
The remainder of the province remains at Caution (yellow).

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