A man from Gillam, Man., has been charged under the public health act after police say refused to self-isolate after being tested for COVID-19.

The man was tested for novel coronavirus Saturday and police were called after staff at the medical centre said he refused to self-isolate for 14 days while waiting for the results.

Police searched Gillam and later found the man out in the community.

Officers told the man he needed to go home to self-isolate — and even offered him a ride — but the man still refused, according to police.

The man was ultimately charged and given a ticket for failing to comply with a provincial emergency health order under the public health act.

Manitoba has declared a state of emergency over the outbreak of novel coronavirus and fines for breaching emergency orders have been set at $486 for individuals and $2,542 for businesses.

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On Tuesday Manitoba RCMP said they received 99 COVID-19-related calls between April 21 and April 27. The majority of the calls reported gatherings of 10 people or more, they said in a release.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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