Manitoba public health reported 341 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week of October 2nd to 8th a slight increase from 305 in the previous week. The Winnipeg region reported the largest number at 213 with the lowest number 15 in the Northern health region down from 17 in the previous week. The volume of lab tests was on average 284 people per day a slight decrease from 303 in the previous week with a test positivity rate of 24.1 percent a slight increase from 23.4 percent in the previous week. There were 73 hospital admissions a slight decrease from 77 admissions and 14 ICU admissions a slight increase from 13 in the previous week.
Manitoba Health is now expanding eligibility for the bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine to include anyone aged 12 or older. Adults may receive either a Moderna or a Pfizer bivalent booster dose. Children aged 12 to 17 will receive the Pfizer bivalent vaccine because it is the only one approved for that age group. It is expected to be at most vaccine locations by Oct. 24.