Public health officials announced 62 new cases and one additional death due to COVID-19 in Manitoba on Saturday.
There were no details released on the death which was included on the COVID-19 dashboard as the province is not providing bulletin updates on weekends. It brings the provincial death toll due to the pandemic to 1,171.
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The 62 cases bring Manitoba’s total number of lab-confirmed cases to 57,417. Of the new cases, 21 are from Winnipeg as well as 24 in Interlake-Eastern, seven each in Southern and Northern and three in Prairie Mountain. It marked the second day in a row that Interlake-Eastern had more new cases than Winnipeg, which has consistently had the most new cases throughout the pandemic.
It is the single highest new case count since last Saturday when there were also 62 new cases and Sunday, July 11 when there were 63 cases reported.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.3% provincially, up from Friday’s 3% but still the lowest the provincial rate has been since last October. The positivity rate for Winnipeg was not announced although it was 2.1% on Friday.
There are 551 active cases including 279 variant cases and 55,695 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. A total of 103 Manitobans remain in hospital including 28 with active COVID and 25 in intensive care units with either active COVID or who are no longer infectious but still require critical care.
Some 1,413 laboratory tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 864,248.
Applications for the Manitoba Immunization Card can be made at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/vaccine/immunization-record.html or by calling 1-844-MAN-VACC (1-844-626-8222) and following the call centre prompts. Businesses and organizations can download the Manitoba Immunization Verifier Application app from the Apple and Google Play stores.
Business operators are being reminded to use the Manitoba Immunization Verifier Application to confirm a person’s immunization status and then confirm the individual’s identity against government-issued identification.
All Manitobans are reminded to be aware of phishing scams. Manitobans are strongly advised to not provide information to any non-government of Manitoba website or application.
Walk-ins accepted at RBC
Beginning Saturday and until the end of the month, the RBC Convention Centre supersite is offering walk-in immunizations every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., the province announced Friday. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.
There are thousands of Moderna and Pfizer appointments open and available to book.
The province is working with regional health authorities and Indigenous partners to ensure vaccines are available to individuals who have been evacuated due to wildfires and wish to get the vaccine.
From Saturday to next Friday, pop-up clinics will be located at campgrounds and provincial parks located in the Prairie Mountain Health region, starting Saturday at Sandy Lake and Oak Lake beach and Sunday at Clear Lake. Clinics will also be held at Minnedosa Beach (July 26), Rivers Campground (July 27), Onanole, Clear Lake and Adam Lake (July 28), Oak Lake Beach, Lake Metigoshe and Sandy Lake (July 29), and Ninette (July 30).
Earlier this month, similar clinics were held at various provincial, federal and private campgrounds in Manitoba, offering first-dose or second-dose COVID-19 vaccines.
A total of 1,721,080 doses of vaccine have been administered in Manitoba with 12,280 doses given out Friday. As of Saturday, 78.4% of eligible Manitobans had received at least one dose with 65.2% receiving both shots. An additional 13,782 doses were scheduled to be put into arms on Saturday.
Earlier this month, Manitoba moved into the second phase of its ‘4-3-2 One Great Summer’ reopening plan more than two weeks ahead of its Terry Fox Day Aug. 2 target.
The reopening plan targets 80% with one dose and 75% with two by Labour Day for its next stage of reopening that would allow all services, facilities and businesses to reopen, with limited restrictions in some cases.
As of Friday, 2,192,360 doses of vaccine have been delivered to Manitoba. This includes: 1,291,680 doses of the Pfizer vaccine; 808,920 doses of the Moderna vaccine; and 91,760 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
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