The province is asking for only those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or those advised by public health professionals to seek testing.

Public health officials advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.06 per cent. Sixteen 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 578.

The data shows there were:
•    four new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
•    one new case in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region;
•    one new case in the Interlake-Eastern health region; and
•    10 new cases in the Winnipeg region.

James Teitsma for Radisson(MLA James Teitsma/Supplied)

Of the new cases, preliminary investigations indicate the majority of the Winnipeg regional cases listed today are related to travel and close contacts, while the majority of Prairie Mountain Health cases are linked to previously announced cases in Brandon. 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:
•    five current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
•    202 active cases and 368 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
•    the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at eight.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,554 laboratory tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 105,661.

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 online and COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the provincial website.

Public health officials are advising that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on flights on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 including:
•    Air India Flight AI 121 from New Delhi, India, to Frankfurt, Germany, on Aug. 3 and affected rows include rows 30 to 36;
•    Air Canada Flight 873 from Frankfurt, Germany, to Toronto Pearson International Airport on Aug. 4 and affected rows include rows 32 to 38; and
•    Air Canada Flight 271 from Toronto Pearson International Airport to the James A. Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg on Aug. 4 and affected rows include rows 19 to 25.

Individuals in the affected seats on these flights are advised to self-isolate for 14 days following the flight and monitor for symptoms. Passengers on these flights, but not in the affected seats, should self-monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if they develop.