Health officials announce 2 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday after long weekend jump


There are two new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 442.As of Saturday, 27 new cases have been confirmed in the province.

One case was removed from the daily tally because it was a duplicate, the province said.

The current test positivity rate – a five-day moving average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive – is 0.46%.

There are nine people in the hospital with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, four of them in intensive care.

Two positive cases in Steinbach, Manitoba, reported over the weekend are linked to a single household, Health Minister Cameron Friesen said at a press conference on Tuesday.

A number of businesses in Steinbach have announced they are closing temporarily out of caution. Although Friesen acknowledged that the increase in the number of confirmed cases over the weekend had raised concerns, his ministry did not recommend shutting down businesses, he said.

“People are doing the right things, public health has done their job, the contact tracing has been successful, the people involved have gone home to isolate themselves and they are being watched, and I think that should give people a lot more. comfort in terms of their decision today to move or not, ”he said.

More soon

Manitobans will receive more details on more than two dozen cases of COVID-19 announced over the long weekend, including the largest single-day increase in new confirmed cases since early April.

Chief shared health nurse Lanette Siragusa and Minister of Health Cameron Friesen will provide an update on the fight against the novel coronavirus on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The province’s chief public health officer, Dr Brent Roussin, is not expected.

CBC News will broadcast the announcement live here.

The province announced 27 new cases of COVID-19 over the long weekend, including 18 on Sunday, but did not include any information on where the cases occurred.

Health officials said the number of new cases was lower than the test’s positivity rate – a five-day moving average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive.

A number of businesses in Steinbach, Manitoba have announced that they are temporarily closing after two cases of COVID-19 were identified at a local Smitty’s restaurant and a branch of the Steinbach Credit Union.

The province also announced seven new cases on Monday, bringing the current total to 442.

As of Friday, only three cases of COVID-19 had been listed as community spread, meaning the infections could not be linked to either an out-of-province travel case or another known case in the province. At the time, there were 70 active cases, including six in hospital, including five in intensive care.

Eight people have died from illness caused by the novel coronavirus, while 337 have recovered.


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