Four new COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba today

COVID-19 spread continues in Westman

As new cases of COVID-19 continue to pop up in Brandon and area, another COVID-19 testing site will be opening at Brandon’s Keystone Centre grounds on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Public health officials are also advising of possible virus transmission/exposures on Aug. 1, 3 and 4 at the Tim Hortons restaurant located on the Trans-Canada Highway at 18th Street in Brandon. The risk of transmission is considered low, but the information is being provided to help people assess their risk.

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As of Tuesday morning, Aug. 11. four new cases of COVID-19 were identified. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 562.

New COVID-19 cases:

•    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.

 

Testing numbers for the weekend include:

  • Friday – 2,062;
  • Saturday – 1,553; and
  • Sunday – 1,364.
  • Monday – 1,059

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.27 per cent.

The total number of tests completed since early February is 104,841.

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.

 

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