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65 COVID-19 cases in Manitoba Saturday, 56 in Winnipeg

A woman wears a face mask as she browses on her phone in Montreal, Sunday, August 16, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world.
A woman wears a face mask as she browses on her phone in Montreal, Sunday, August 16, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Manitoba public health officials reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 in the province Saturday, 56 of which are in the Winnipeg health region.

Three health regions, Prairie Mountain, Interlake-Eastern and Southern, each had three cases.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.3 per cent, the province said in a news release.

Twelve people are currently in hospital with six in intensive care.

There are now 545 active COVID-19 cases in the province, 456 of which are in the Winnipeg region, according to provincial data. 

Read more: Metro Winnipeg area moving to level Orange restrictions Monday; masks to be mandatory

Starting Monday, people in Winnipeg and 17 surrounding metropolitan communities are required to wear masks while in indoor public places as part of ratcheted-up public health restrictions.

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Gathering sizes will be pared down to 10 people both indoors and outdoors.

The new rules come after the province announced Winnipeg, along with the municipalities surrounding the city, will move to a level orange restriction Monday, under Manitoba’s colour-coded pandemic response rating system.

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The new restrictions will be in place for at least four weeks, including Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Friday.

Preliminary laboratory testing numbers show 2,234 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 175,867, the province said in a news release.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases in Manitoba is 1,829.

The province also warned of possible COVID-19 exposures at four businesses in Winnipeg and one in Winkler in recent days:

• Joey’s Polo Park, 653 St. James St., Winnipeg on Sept. 16 from 8:30 to 11 p.m.;
• The Local Public Eatery, 274 Garry St., Winnipeg on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
• Bar Italia, 737 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg on Sept. 16 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.;
• Del Rios Restaurant, 644 Main St., Winkler on Sept. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m.;
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• P. F. Chang’s Restaurant, 865 St. James St., Winnipeg on Sept. 12 from  5 to 10. p.m., Sept. 16 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Public health officials said two schools in Winnipeg and two in Carberry had potential exposures.
The province said the exposure at St. John’s Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg on Sept. 14 and Sept. 16 was extremely low risk and that the infection was not acquired at school. Similarly at John W. Gunn Middle School from September 16 to 18, the province said the exposure was assessed to be low risk and the infection was not acquired at school.
On Sept. 21, a positive COVID-19 case rode on a bus to R.J. Waugh Elementary School, while at Carberry Collegiate, one grade is being transitioned to remote learning as of Sept. 28 for up to 14 days.
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