After nearly two weeks without new cases, Manitoba public health officials announced five new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases to five.
Provincial officials said the cases include:
- a man and a woman in their twenties from the Winnipeg Health Region,
- a man in his forties from the Interlake-Eastern health region,
- a woman in her thirties from the South health region and
- a young woman aged 10 to 19 from the South health region.
One of the people had recently flown between Winnipeg and Calgary, according to health officials. The individual was a passenger on WestJet Flight 261 from Winnipeg to Calgary on June 27 and WestJet Flight 526 from Calgary to Winnipeg on July 2.
The lines assigned for flight 261 are listed as lines 7 to 22, while the lines assigned for flight 526 are listed as lines 4 to 10 on the province’s COVID-19 flights website.
The province recommends that passengers on these flights monitor COVID-19 symptoms themselves and isolate themselves if symptoms occur. The province also recommends using the online screening tool or calling Health Links for testing information.
Public health officials have assessed the level of risk as low but are continuing to investigate and will provide additional information as necessary regarding public health risks.
All five cases occur at the end of a streak that saw no new cases during the month of July. The last time a patient was hospitalized with COVID-19 was May 22, and the province’s last COVID-19 death occurred on May 5.
Despite the decrease in the number of cases, the chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, urged Manitobans on Monday to remain vigilant and not “drop our guards” after this sequence. Although small numbers are encouraging, Roussin noted that the province has received reports of oversized crowds on beaches and restaurants in recent weeks.
The total number of laboratory-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba is now 330. No one is hospitalized, according to public health officials, and 318 people have recovered from the virus. The number of deaths remains at seven.
A total of 304 tests were done on Monday, bringing the total number of tests done since February to 71,803.
Julia-Simone Rutgers is a general mission reporter.
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