The Chief Public Health Officer is strongly encouraging Winnipeggers to follow the fundamentals as Winnipeg leads the province in new COVID cases.

Of the 42 new cases of COVID-19 announced Wednesday morning, 30 of those come from Winnipeg. The new 30 cases break yesterday's record of 29 cases in one day. Previously, March 27 held the record for 26 new Winnipeg cases in one day.

Of the remaining 12 new cases, half come from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region, three in Prairie Mountain Health, and one new case comes from an unknown district in the Northern health region.

The five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is now at 2.2 per cent, moving 0.4 per cent from Tuesday's 1.8 per cent.

There are currently 418 active cases of COVID-19, 305 of those are in Winnipeg. There are 1,238 recoveries, with 398 of those from Winnipeg. There are 11 people in the hospital with five of those people in intensive care. The number of deaths remains at 18.

The Rideau Park Personal Care Home outbreak has been declared over by the province, moving them from Critical (red) to Caution (yellow) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The province is sharing more COVID-19 exposure locations.

Manitoba public health officials have advised:
•    Gladstone Elementary School of a confirmed case in the school on Sept. 8 to 10, and 14;
•    St. Maurice School of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school on Sept. 17 and 18; and 
•    Emerson School was notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school on Sept. 16 and 17.

The province says these exposures were assessed by investigators to be low risk and the infections were not acquired at school. 

Additionally, public health is also advising of possible exposures: 
•    Earls St. Vital at 1215 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.;
•    The Local Public Eatery at 274 Garry St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 and 16;
•    Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub at 177 McDermot Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for trivia night; and
•    Leopold’s Tavern at 414 Academy Rd. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The province is asking those who attended one of the above locations on the dates/times listed should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate if they develop and seek testing.

Dr. Brent Roussin is strongly encouraging residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to "focus on these fundamentals" to stop the spread of COVID-19.

He says:
•    People must stay home if sick.
•    Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
•    If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk.
•    Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.