36 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths reported in Manitoba

Manitoba reported 36 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths from the illness on Tuesday.

Of the latest cases, 13 are in the Winnipeg health region and 11 in the Southern Health region.

The remainder are single-digit case numbers for the Interlake–Eastern health region (five), Northern Health Region (four), and Prairie Mountain Health region (three).

The total number of deaths in Manitoba due to COVID-19 remains at 1,165.

The seven-day average COVID-19 case count in Manitoba is 44.7 as of Tuesday, a shift upwards from 43 on Monday.

There was no briefing with health officials on Tuesday, only a news release from the government.

It noted the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 3.6 per cent provincially, the same as it was on Monday. The rate in Winnipeg has once again climbed slightly to 3.2 per cent. It was 2.7 per cent last Friday and then 3.1 on Monday. 

There are 108 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19, a drop from 117. Of those, 29 are in intensive care, two more than on Monday.

A prior outbreak at the Salem Home personal care home in Winkler has been declared over.

Delta variant spikes

The total number of cases linked to variants of concern also increased by 160, to 16,383, according to the province’s variant of concern dashboard.

The majority of those — 129 — have been identified as the highly contagious B.1.617.2, or delta, variant.

The province reported an increase in the number of delta cases identified in the province, climbing to 579 from 450 on the weekend. Those numbers are not reported on Sundays or Mondays.

The B.1.1.7 variant, or alpha, increased by 17 to a total of 7,082, while the P.1 variant went up by four cases to 233.

Another 10 newly identified variant cases involve an unspecified variant.

Manitobans are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they can through the provincial vaccine website or by calling 1-844-626-8222. 

As of Tuesday morning, 77.7 per cent of Manitobans 12 and up had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 62.6 per cent had received two, according to the provincial vaccine dashboard.

Those who get their first dose on or before Aug. 2 and second dose on or before Sept. 6 are automatically entered to win a series of cash prizes or for scholarships for youth.

The province recommends an interval of at least 28 days between first and second doses.

Testing at the airport

A new COVID-19 testing site opened on Tuesday at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.

The site, on the arrivals level of the main terminal, offers testing for inbound travellers Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The federal government announced on Monday that it plans to let fully vaccinated tourists visit Canada again soon. (Sophia Harris/CBC)

Results from this testing site will be available securely online at the Manitoba government’s Shared Health website.

“Testing at the airport site offers a convenient option for inbound travellers to Manitoba, including domestic travellers who want to be tested voluntarily,” a provincial spokesperson said in an email.

At this time, the only inbound travellers are domestic. However, that is expected to change as federal travel requirements are updated.

Anyone who does not have a Manitoba health card or is not a resident of Manitoba can call Health Links at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257 to access their test results.

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