The province’s daily briefing on the disease caused by the new coronavirus was canceled on Sunday, so the update was sent via a press release.
Eight people are now hospitalized with COVID-19, including two in intensive care units.
The total number of cases identified in Manitoba is now 271 to 66, which are considered to be active.
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The number of deaths from the virus in Manitoba is still six.
On Saturday, 407 COVID-19 tests were performed at the provincial laboratory in Cadham.
Friday, 165 additional tests were also done and were not included in the province’s update on Saturday.
The update brings the total number of tests in Manitoba to 23,167.
Earlier this month, public health officials expanded the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 test.
On Sunday, the province reminded people who meet these criteria to get tested – even if they have only mild symptoms of the condition, such as a cough, a runny nose, a sore throat or a fever. The release says it will help better determine the spread of the virus in Manitoba.
People with symptoms and other test criteria should call Health Links at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 for more information.
Health officials always advise people to stay in or near their home communities and limit travel – even in Manitoba only – to essential travel.
The provincial press release reiterated that people should not go to their cottages at this time and that services in small health centers in the province could be severely strained if visitors to the area fell ill and were to be treated.