Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 52 new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate down to 5.9 percent. He also reported four additional deaths with two in the Northern region and one each in Winnipeg and Southern health regions. Roussin says numbers are trending in the right direction noting these are the lowest numbers we’ve seen since early in the fall, the ICU numbers are the lowest they’ve been since November and this is all the result of the work of Manitobans. He says they can see the restrictions that we have in place are quite tough, they affect Manitobans to different degrees but they are working.
Roussin adds updates to the present restrictions will be announced later this week.
Of the new cases 31 are in Winnipeg and 12 in the Northern region with single digits in the other regions. Of the total 30,289 reported cases 1622 are active and 27,817 individuals have recovered.
The Vaxport site in Thompson is ready to serve remote northern First Nations, municipal and Indigenous and Northern Affairs communities but its launch has been delayed to March 1st in response to vaccine shortages.