WINNIPEG — Provincial health officials have announced there are 40 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.
Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, made the announcement on Friday.
Manitoba has had 643 cases since early March.
According to the province’s data, this is the largest single-day spike in Manitoba since the pandemic began.
Of the new cases, 25 are in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, five in the Southern Health Region, and 10 in the Winnipeg Health Region.
Roussin said the majority of the cases in the Prairie Mountain Health Region are linked to previous cases in Brandon, and that there is an early indication of community transmission.
The current five-day test positivity rate is 1.25 per cent.
There are nine people in hospital, with three people in intensive care.
There are 246 active cases and 389 people have recovered from the virus.
The death toll remains at eight.
On Thursday, 2,288 tests were completed, bringing the total to 110,492 since early February.
Health officials are reminding people that only those with symptoms should go for testing and they should seek testing as soon as possible.
Roussin is also advising of two more cases of potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
The first incident happened on Aug. 7 at a Sobey’s, located at 1570 18th Street in Brandon, and then on Aug. 10 at the Minnedosa Hospital at 334 First Street.
The second exposure incident happened on Aug. 9 at the Cartwright Town and Country Golf Club, along PTH 3, just west of Cartwright.
Roussin said the risk of transmission is low, but if people were at those locations on those days, they are told to self-monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and then self-isolate.
This is a developing story. More details to come.
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