COVID-19 Cases Spike Upward in Manitoba

Winnipeg Manitoba

WINNIPEG – Public health officials in Manitoba advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.45 percent.

Thirty-five new cases of the virus have been identified as of Sunday, August 9, 2020. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 542.

The data shows there were:

  • 20 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 10 new cases in the Southern Health – Santé Sud health region;
  • four new cases in the Winnipeg health region; and
  • one new case in the Interlake-Eastern health region.

While many of today’s cases appear to be linked to known clusters in southern and western Manitoba or are close contacts of a previously-announced case, preliminary information suggests that there may be a small number of cases of unknown acquisition in these areas.

Case investigations are ongoing to determine possible COVID-19 exposures. When the investigations are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.

The data also shows:

  • six current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
  • 182 active cases and 352 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Preliminary testing numbers show an additional 756 laboratory tests were completed on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 100,830.