Over 80 more people have recovered from COVID-19 in Manitoba with eight newly-discovered cases in Winnipeg.

As of this morning, there are 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,393. Eight of today's new cases are from Winnipeg, four in the Prairie Mountain Health region, and three in Southern Health-Santé Sud.

On Thursday, 1,457 tests were completed, bringing the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate to 1.4 per cent.

There are currently 287 active cases and 1,090 recoveries. 

Twelve people are now in the hospital with four of those in intensive care. The number of deaths remains at 16.

The Keystone Center Specimen Collection Site in Brandon will close permanently after September 12

Winnipeg community area data is now available online. The city is divided into 12 community areas and, like the health districts, data regarding active and recovered cases, deaths and total cases is available. This information serves to inform the public and guide decision-making.

Public health officials are advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 that may have occurred on Sept. 1 at the GRMC Vision Centre, 20-144 6th St., Brandon, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. The exposure risk is low, but those who visited this location at this time are asked to monitor for symptoms.

Public health officials strongly encourage all Manitobans to return to the fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means staying home if you’re sick, washing/sanitizing your hands, covering your cough and physically distancing when you are with people outside your household. If you can’t physically distance, wear a mask.

Unless recommended by public health, 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.