COVID-19 BULLETIN #153

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Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.27 per cent. Four new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 562.
The data shows there were:
• three new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region – a female in her 20s and two males in their 30s; and
• one new case in the Winnipeg region – a male in his 20s.
Of the total cases, many are linked to known clusters in Brandon or are close contacts of previously announced cases. There are 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:
• five current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
• 194 active cases and 360 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.
Updated testing numbers for the weekend include:
• Friday – 2,062;
• Saturday – 1,553; and
• Sunday – 1,364.
Testing numbers show an additional 1,059 laboratory tests were completed on Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 104,841.
Public health officials are updating information related to a previously announced potential exposure to COVID-19 on Aug. 1 at a Tim Hortons restaurant on the Trans-Canada Highway at 18th Street in Brandon. Additional exposures were also possible on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4. While the risk of transmission is considered low, information is being provided to help people assess their risk.
The Prairie Mountain Health region is opening a temporary COVID-19 testing site on Aug. 12 in Brandon at the Keystone Centre grounds. The hours of operation will be:
• Monday to Thursday 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
• Friday and Saturday 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; and
• Sunday 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For a full listing of testing sites across the province, including addresses and hours of operation, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.
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