No new coronavirus cases reported in Manitoba Monday

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba chief public health officer said there were no new COVID-19 cases to report in the province Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Manitoba health officials said they have no new COVID-19 cases to report Monday.

That means Manitoba’s total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable cases remains at 300.

The news comes after a weekend that also saw no new cases announced, and a week after the second phase of reopening Manitoba’s economy started June 1.

The changes saw recreation centres, bars, dine-in restaurants and many other businesses allowed to reopen with some restrictions.

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“Our numbers have remained favourable and we’ve been able to gradually and cautiously reopen our economy,” said Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin.

“It’s certainly not a return to normal but Manitobans have learned to live with this virus, to take precautions and each Manitoban needs to decide on their own their level of risk that they’re willing to accept.”

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Health officials said they are also closing some testing sites in Winnipeg after Wednesday.

Roussin says that although the province’s numbers remain low, that could change.

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He says the greatest risk is the novel coronavirus coming in from outside the province.

The two most recent cases, announced last week, were a trucker who had returned from out of province and a close household contact.

As of Monday there were no COVID-19 patients in hospital or intensive care, Roussin said. He said there are nine active cases and 284 cases of people who have recovered across the province.

Seven people have died from the virus since it was first reported in Manitoba in March.

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More than 49,591 tests have been performed in the province since early February, with 2,217 performed between Friday and Sunday.

On Monday the province also said they will now be holding public health media briefings on COVID-19 on Mondays and Thursdays going forward.

–With files from the Canadian Press

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