Manitoba Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin announced 168 net new cases of COVID-19 this afternoon bringing the five day test positivity rate to 11.9 percent. He also announced two new deaths both from Winnipeg health region. Of the new cases 111 were in Winnipeg with lower numbers in other regions including 16 in Northern health. They report 15 active cases in the Flin Flon, Snow Lake, Cranberry Portage, Sherridon district. Roussin emphasized the importance of vaccination. He says everyone over age 12 is eligible for vaccine and if you received your first vaccine before May 1 then you’re now eligible to book for your second vaccine so he encourages all Manitobans to do so. He notes it’s up to us to take these steps to protect ourselves, our families, our loved ones and all Manitobans and by taking this action and changing our behaviors we’ve been able to start to see the downward trend in numbers and start looking forward to what this can be like in the future here in a vaccinated Manitoba.
Of the total 52,919 reported cases 3962 cases are active, 47,880 individuals have recovered and 308 are in hospital with 66 in intensive care as well as 36 in other provinces.