Manitoba hits the lowest test positivity rate since October with 23 new COVID-19 cases

Manitoba hits the lowest test positivity rate since October with 23 new COVID-19 cases

Manitoba reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from the disease Tuesday.

The province’s five-day test positivity rate is 2.8 percent, down from three percent on Monday, the province said in a press release. It is the lowest provincial rate has been since October 7 last year, when it was 2.4 percent.

In Winnipeg, the positivity rate is 1.4 percent, down from 1.8 percent on Monday. It is also the lowest number since last October, when the province began including the positivity rate of the Winnipeg test in its daily updates.

There are currently 498 active cases of the disease in Manitoba.

Of the 23 new cases, nine are in the Winnipeg Health Region, six in the Southern Health Region, four are in the Interlake Eastern Health Region, two are in the Prairie Mountain Health Region and two are in the Northern Health Region.

There are currently 107 manitobanes in hospital due to COVID-19, down from 110 on Monday. The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care from Tuesday is 27, increased by one.

A total of 1,070 laboratory tests were completed on Monday.

As of Tuesday, 78.9 percent of Manitobans aged 12 and over have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 67.1 percent have had two, according to the province’s vaccination dashboard.

Including those announced Tuesday, there have been a total of 57,476 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Manitoba since the pandemic began. Four cases that had previously been reported as positive were removed from the total number due to data corrections, the province said in its press release.

There have been 1,172 deaths due to the disease in Manitoba.

Tuesday’s update came about an hour later than usual due to technical issues, the province said in a tweet.

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