Manitoba public health reports 283 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases for the week of September 18th to 24th a decrease from 377 in the previous week. The Winnipeg region reports 148 new cases followed by the Northern health region with 38 down from 96 the previous week. The volume of lab tests increased to on average 302 people tested per day compared to 286 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 22.2 percent an increase from 22 percent in the previous week. There were 73 hospital admissions a decrease from 87 and 11 ICU admissions the same as the previous week.
Meanwhile Saskatchewan residents 18 years and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster dose may receive the Moderna bivalent vaccine through Saskatchewan Health Authority booked and walkin clinics or participating pharmacies. It is recommended that eligible residents receive the bivalent booster at least four months following their last vaccination regardless of the number of COVID-19 doses received to date. Clinical trials have shown the vaccine triggers a strong immune response against the original virus and the Omicron variants.