Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 241 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day positivity rate to 13.6 percent. He also announced nine additional deaths with eight in Winnipeg and one in Southern health region. Of the new cases 158 were in Winnipeg and 38 in Southern health with smaller numbers in other regions including 23 in the Northern health region. Roussin says plans are to go ahead with vaccinations according to schedule. He explained they knew that the priority group was going to be larger than the 900 initial doses of vaccine available and they know for the coming months demand for the vaccine is going to be much higher than supply. He notes they do expect more vaccine to be arriving as early as next week so then they can move to protect even more health care workers through vaccination.
Of the total 21,262 reported cases 14,974 individuals have recovered, there are 303 people in hospital with 39 in intensive care and related deaths total 499.