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The Manitoba government reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, marking the second highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the province since the pandemic began.
According to the government’s COVID-19 dashboard, the highest single-day increase in cases was 98 reported for Aug. 22.
With 51 new cases identified on Sunday, the weekend total came to 116 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.
Of these cases, four were identified in Prairie Mountain Health.
Included among the weekend’s potential COVID-19 exposure points were two schools in Carberry: W.J. Waugh Elementary School and Carberry Collegiate.
The elementary school exposure was on Sept. 21, when there was a positive COVID-19 case on a bus. The exposure at Carberry Collegiate was also on Sept. 21, where one grade is shifting to remote learning for up to 14 days starting today.
The weekend hotbed for COVID-19 again proved to be the Winnipeg health region, where 92 new cases were identified during the weekend.
As case numbers continue to rise, the Winnipeg metropolitan area has been placed under level-orange health restrictions starting today, which means masks are now mandatory in all indoor public places and gatherings are restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.
There are 34 active cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region, of which 11 are located in Brandon, followed by seven in Asessippi, six in Whitemud, five in Spruce Woods, three in Unknown District, one in Little Saskatchewan and one in Turtle Mountain.
Four people are in hospital within Prairie Mountain Health, of whom two are in intensive care.
Provincially, there are 589 active cases, with 13 people in the hospital and six in intensive care.
Manitoba’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent.
The province completed 2,200 tests on Friday, bringing the total number of tests since early February to 178,067.
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