Portage Coronavirus testing site announced

COVID-19: Three more cases of the virus outside Winnipeg announced

A dedicated Coronavirus testing site will open in Portage la Prairie “in the next few days,” provincial health officials announced March 25.

Additional sites will open in the Prairie Mountain and Interlake-Eastern health regions soon, said Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer with Shared Health.

The twelfth testing site opening in Winkler on March 25, joining rural sites in Steinbach, Selkirk, Flin Flon, The Pas, Brandon and Thompson.

Two more cases of COVID-19 were announced in the Southern Health region, on March 25, bringing known cases in that region to four. One case was confirmed in the Prairie Mountain health region.

Most cases continue to be related to travel, or contact with other cases, said Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer.

Roussin announced that Cadham provincial laboratory had found a solution to its shortage of the reagent needed in Coronavirus tests and would soon be back up to capacity.

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