Winnipeg continues to see a large spike in COVID-19 cases, the day before the area moves to Orange on the province's pandemic response system.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent and 51 new cases of the virus have been identified in the province as of 9:30 A.M. Sunday, bringing the number of cases in Manitoba to 1,880.  

The data shows:

  • One case in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
  • Eight cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region.
  • Two cases in the Northern health region.
  • Four cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud.
  • 36 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Meanwhile, there are now 589 active cases in the province and 1,272 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. There are 13 people in hospital and six people in intensive care the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 19.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 2,200 tests were completed on Saturday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 178,067. Case investigations continue and if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.  

Manitoba's public health officials will be elevating the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System level for the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region to Restricted (orange) effective Sept. 28, with new measures being put in place help slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the City of Winnipeg and several communities and rural municipalities outside Winnipeg. Masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places in these communities. All private and public gatherings will be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.  

Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.