Winnipeg care home reports death related to COVID-19

A personal care home in Winnipeg has reported a death related to COVID-19.

The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, a Jewish care home, announced the death in a statement posted on its website Saturday.

“Our hearts are heavy and our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of our resident,” the statement reads in part.

It’s the second recorded death of a resident at Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre. The first was announced on Oct. 24, after an outbreak had been declared there on Oct. 23.

No details were released about the latest death at the home.

It’s currently not known if the death is one of four announced by the Manitoba government on Saturday.

One of the deaths — a woman in her 90s — is linked to an outbreak at Maples Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. The other people who died in Winnipeg are a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s and a man in his 80s. The province announced the two men’s deaths in a separate news release on Saturday night, while the two women’s deaths were announced in the regular afternoon update.

Starting on Monday, new restrictions are coming into effect across the province, including moving the Winnipeg metropolitan region to the highest level — red, or critical — on the province’s pandemic response system.

Many businesses and facilities will close, including bars and restaurant dining rooms, movie theatres and concert halls. Most retail outlets will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity.

The rest of the province will be at the orange, or restricted, level as of Monday.

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