Six new cases of COVID-19 identified in Manitoba

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba reports six new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Friday and warns the public of potential exposure to COVID-19 in Minnedosa and Brandon. The announcement was made in a newsletter sent out Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases since March to 415.

Three of the cases are in Interlake East Health Region, while two of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountains Health Region. One case has been identified in Winnipeg.

Cases in the Interlake East region include a woman in her twenties, a woman in her sixties and a man in his fifties. The two cases at Prairie Mountain are men in their 30s.

The Winnipeg case involves a male child aged 10 to 19, depending on the province.

“Investigations of the cases are ongoing,” writes the province. “Once completed, additional information will be provided as necessary to inform people of any public health risk.”

The province said on Friday that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred at two businesses.

One of the new cases identified on Friday traveled to the Blazers Mini Mart on July 25, located at 140 Main Street North in Minnedosa, according to health officials.

The province said one of the cases identified Thursday traveled to Asian Spices of Brandon, located at 437-A 10th Street, on July 22 and 23.

“Those considered close contacts of a COVID-19 case will be contacted by public health officials and advised to self-isolate,” the province said. “Other people who were at these sites on those days don’t need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.”

Health officials said the risk of exposure was low.

Six people are hospitalized, including five in intensive care. There are currently 70 active cases and the province reports that 337 people have now recovered from the virus.

The total number of deaths in Manitoba remains at eight.

The current five-day test positive rate in Manitoba is 0.40%. A total of 1,073 lab tests were performed on Thursday, bringing the total to 88,621 since February.

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