Long weekend begins with six new cases of COVID-19

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The province will begin the long weekend with six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed positive and probable cases in Manitoba to 415.Public health officials say three of the new cases are in Interlake East Health Region, two in Prairie Mountain Health Region and one in Winnipeg.

Despite the new cases, the number of active cases in Manitoba has dropped from 12 to 70, with 337 people now recorded as having recovered from the virus. The province’s current five-day test positivity rate remains at 0.40% for a second consecutive day.

Six people remain in hospital, including five who are currently in intensive care – a bump compared to the four who were in intensive care on Thursday.

Manitoba’s death toll remains at eight after a man in his 60s died earlier this week.

As of Thursday, 1,073 additional lab tests were performed, bringing the total number of tests performed since early February to 88,621.

Public health officials warn that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred from a case identified today at Blazers Mini Mart, 140 Main St N., Minnedosa, on July 25 and a case identified Thursday at Brandon’s Asian Spices, 437 -A 10th St, Brandon, July 22-23.

Those considered to be close contacts of a COVID-19 case will be contacted by public health officials and advised to self-isolate. Others who were at these sites on those days do not need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

If people develop symptoms, they should self-isolate and visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ to use the online screening tool, or call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788- 8200 or toll free at 1-888-315-9257 for health advice on how to get tested.

The province will update the number of cases over the weekend, but some data, including each day’s test counts and recoveries, will be updated on Tuesday.

Dr Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, will speak to the media on Tuesday.

Active workload by health region:

Interlake-Est – 40

Winnipeg – 13

Prairie Mountain – 10

Southern Health – 7

North – 0

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