34 new cases of COVID-19 announced Friday in Manitoba

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Thirty-four new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Manitoba on Friday, more than half of which are in the southern health region, the province said in a newscast.The update brings the total number of active cases in Manitoba to 265.

On Friday, nineteen new cases were announced in the southern health region. Initial investigations into these cases suggest that most are linked to a known cluster in the region, according to the bulletin.

New cases in this area include two girls: one under the age of nine and the other between the ages of 10 and 19. The other cases in the region are three women and three men in their twenties, two women and one man in their thirties, two men in their 40s, three women and one man in their fifties, a woman in their sixties and a man in their 40s. quarantine.

Nine other cases have occurred in the Winnipeg Health Region: a girl under nine, a boy between 10 and 19, a woman and two men in their 20s, two women in their 30s, a man in his 40s and a another in his sixties. .

The five new cases announced in the Prairie Mountain Health area include two boys: one under the age of nine and another between the ages of 10 and 19. The other new cases in this region are three men: two in their forties and one in their fifties.

The latest new case announced Friday is a woman in her 30s from the Interlake-Eastern Health area.

More information on the new cases will only be released if there is a risk to public health, the bulletin says.

The province’s COVID-19 test positivity rate rose to 2% on Friday, from 1.9% on Thursday. This is the first time since April 5 that the rate – which represents a five-day moving average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive – has reached this figure.

According to the province’s COVID-19 data portal, five people are currently in hospital in Manitoba with COVID-19: one in the Interlake East region, three in the Southern Health Region and one in intensive care in the Prairie Mountain region.

Manitoba’s test positivity rate for COVID-19 rose to 2% on Friday. (Jacques Marcoux / CBC)

Public health officials also announced two other possible exposures to COVID-19 in the province that occurred this week.

One was on August 18 at the Canadian Tire store in Portage la Prairie, between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The other was in Winnipeg at the Olive Garden restaurant on Reenders Drive from noon to 12:45 p.m. on August 19.

The risk of transmission is low, but public health provides the information so people can assess their own risk.

New Prairie Mountain restrictions begin Monday

Twelve people with COVID-19 in the province have died, including four in the past week.

To date, 553 people in Manitoba have recovered from illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The total number of cases identified in the province since the start of the pandemic is now 830.

The total number of identified COVID-19 cases in Manitoba rose to 830 on Friday. (Jacques Marcoux / CBC)

Starting Monday, residents of southwestern Manitoba’s Prairie Mountain Health region, which includes the city of Brandon, will be required to wear masks in public places and limit the size of gatherings to 10, the administrator said Thursday. provincial chief of public health, Dr Brent Roussin.

The restrictions came about when the health region was moved to the “restricted” orange level in the province’s new color-coded pandemic response system.

As of Friday afternoon, 242 cases were identified in that region, 116 of which are considered active, according to the province’s data portal. This includes 99 active cases in Brandon on Friday.

A new walk-in COVID-19 testing site will open in Winnipeg on Tuesday, according to the bulletin. The site at 2735 Pembina Hwy. will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As a result, Access Fort Garry on Plaza Drive will no longer offer COVID-19 testing after 4 p.m. Monday.

On Thursday, another 2,331 COVID-19 tests were carried out in Manitoba, bringing the total number of tests carried out in the province since early February to 122,291.

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