The Manitoba government announced no new case of COVID-19 over the weekend, which means the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive instances remains at 292.
Moreover, public health officials confirmed that, as of Sunday afternoon, nobody is currently in a Manitoba hospital or intensive care unit due to the virus, even though there are still 17 active cases in the province overall.
This marks the first time in almost two months that Manitoba health officials haven’t had to treat or monitor the virus in a hospital setting. The first report of someone being hospitalized due to COVID-19 can be traced back all the way to March 25.
To date, 268 people have recovered from the virus.
Meanwhile, the Prairie Mountain Health region’s caseload remains at 26 and the province’s overall death rate due to the virus continues to sit at seven.
Because of the number of new COVID-19 cases have slowed to a crawl in Manitoba, the provincial government also decided to loosen up some public gathering regulations on Friday. Now, up to 25 people are allowed to gather inside and 50 individuals can meet-up outside, provided that physical distancing measures are put in place.
As of Saturday, an additional 729 laboratory tests were performed to help detect the virus, which brings the total number of tests performed since February to 38, 599.
For up-to-date information on testing criteria and community screening sites, visit manitoba.ca/covid19/locations.html. To access the online screening tool for COVID-19, visit sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/.
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