Nearly 100 new cases of COVID-19 in the province were reported Saturday, along with two COVID-related deaths.

The two new deaths bring the provincial total to 32.

According to public health, the latest two deaths are previously announced cases, both women - one in her 80s and the other in her 90s - from the Winnipeg Health Region.

Additionally, the province is recording 97 new COVID-19 cases Saturday.

  • Nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
  • One case in the Northern health region;
  • Seven cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • Six cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
  • 74 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

In all, there have been 2,524 cases of COVID-19 reported in Manitoba. The latest data indicates there are currently 1,017 active cases in the province.

1,475 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 24 people are in hospital with four in intensive care.

Data also shows 2,196 lab tests were performed in Manitoba Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 205,552. The current test positivity rate is three per cent.

Testing for COVID-19 is available on Thanksgiving Monday at community testing sites in Winnipeg, Brandon, Selkirk, Eriksdale, Powerview–Pine Falls, Winkler, Steinbach, and Portage la Prairie. 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.

With Thanksgiving this weekend, public health officials are reminding Manitobans that residents of personal care homes are very vulnerable to COVID-19. Any visits over the Thanksgiving weekend should be planned with caution.

Chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, is strongly encouraging Manitobans to reduce the number of close contacts outside their household and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

These fundamentals should always be practiced to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash/sanitize your hands and cover your cough.
  • Physical distance when you are with people outside your household.
  • If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce the risk to others or as required by public health orders.