12 March 2020 – First possible case of COVID-19, social distancing measures encouraged

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Guidance, New Tool / Service / Body, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Education, Health, Private Sector and Businesses, Travel, General Public
Intervention Categories: Individual measures; Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing schools; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations; Significant events; First cases or deaths
Level of Jurisdiction: Manitoba
Lead People/Agency: Minister of Health: Cameron Friesen:
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
Chief Public Health Officer: Dr. Brent Roussin
Shared Health Chief Nursing Officer: Lanette Siragusa:

Overview: – Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, and public health officials and are advising individuals in Manitoba of the province’s first presumptive positive COVID-19 case.
– Social distancing strategies are being recommended to Manitoba residents in order to limit the transmission of COVID-19. These include strategies such as limiting prolonged close contact with others in public.
– Educational institutions are being advised to take measures such as decreasing large groups/crowded activities and considering the implementation of virtual classrooms.
– Employers are advised to review their business continuity plans and to take efforts to ensure employees are able to stay home when sick, as well as to ensure that they can work from home if possible. Employers are also advised to consider promoting virtual meetings, as well as halting travel outside of Manitoba for non-essential work.
– Beginning March 12, individuals requiring a test for COVID-19 will be asked to attend a community screening site, with the first two sites opening today.

Full details here: https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/?archive=&item=46930

Type of Justification: Declaration of pandemic by WHO
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation
Evidence/Justification: The article states the following: “A pandemic has now been declared by the World Health Organization, and social distancing strategies are now being recommended to all Manitobans to limit the spread of COVID-19.”