• Myrna Driedger


Province of Manitoba Media Bulletin

August 13, 2020

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.19 per cent. Twenty-five new cases of the virus have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 603. 

The data shows there were:

• 12 new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• six new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• seven new cases in the Winnipeg health region. 

Preliminary investigations indicate that the majority of Prairie Mountain Health cases continue to be linked to previously announced cases in Brandon, while the Winnipeg cases are related to travel and close contacts. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks. 

The data also shows:

• seven current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;

• 218 active cases and 377 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and

• the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,817 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 108,211.

The Prairie Mountain Health region has updated its testing site hours of operation and revised times can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html#list for revised hours. 

Only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing, unless recommended by Public Health. Public Health discourages employers from sending employees for testing unless they have symptoms. The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/about.html#collapse4.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba and to view the COVID-19 dashboard with new health districts offering data at the local level, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/.

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