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The province announced no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, meaning there are still 294 lab-confirmed positive and probable positive instances in Manitoba.

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The province announced no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, meaning there are still 294 lab-confirmed positive and probable positive instances in Manitoba.

Prairie Mountain Health region’s total number of confirmed cases remains at 26, since the two cases announced on Thursday originated from Winnipeg.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin also revealed during Friday’s media conference that there are still 14 active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, even though 273 individuals have recovered and zero people are currently hospitalized due to the virus.

Dr. Brent Roussin. (File)

The province’s COVID-19 death rate remains at seven.

Moreover, 1,115 coronavirus lab tests were performed on Thursday, which brings the province’s total number of tests up to 42,306.

On the subject of testing, Shared Health chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa said that, starting this weekend, screening sites in Dauphin, Swan River and Brandon will be closed on Sundays.

Before this announcement, Brandon’s testing location in The Town Centre parking garage was opened seven days a week. The Dauphin and Swan River sites were previously accessible from Sunday to Friday.

Siragusa told the Sun during Friday’s media conference that the province felt comfortable rolling back their hours of operation due to the low testing numbers these sites have been producing during the weekends.

“As we’ve always said, we need to keep evaluating where the demand is and (keep) shifting where we can best meet the need of the public,” she said.

Roussin also told Manitobans to remain cautious heading into the province’s Phase 2 reopening on Monday, since indoor facilities like gyms and senior centres will be accessible to the public for the first time in months.

“We’re not done with this virus,” he said. “We’re still going to need to deal with this virus, be aware of this virus, but we’ve put ourselves in a very good situation right now to continue our success, to continue the gradual reopening of Manitoba.”

To view the locations and hours for every COVID-19 testing site in Manitoba, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/locations.html.

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