Manitoba Acting Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 9.6 percent. He also reported five additional deaths with three in the Winnipeg region and one each in Prairie Mountain and Northern Health regions. Atwal says we are heading in the right direction but if we let up now all the hard work for the past several weeks could be for nothing, we could go back to where we started in November. He says we need to do this in order to bring our numbers down further and reduce the strain on our health care system noting despite lower case number we’re not back to normal so we have to keep focusing on the fundamentals to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors and our co-workers.
Of the new cases 61 are in Winnipeg and 70 in the Northern health region with lower numbers in other regions. Atwal noted the numbers include new cases reported in a couple of northern Manitoba communities with 37 in Lynn Lake and 14 in Thompson related to larger households and among households and steps are being taken to contain the spread of virus in these communities as well as around 15 in First Nations communities.