36 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified today as of 9:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, two previously identified cases have been removed. One previously identified case has been confirmed as an out-of-province resident while another previously identified case has been determined to not be a case. This brings the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 697.

The data shows there was:

  • one new case in the Interlake-Eastern Health region;
  • nine new cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
  • 21 new cases in Southern Health-Santé Sud; and
  • five new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Preliminary investigations indicate the majority of today's cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud region are linked to a known cluster. Case investigations are ongoing and when they are completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform of any public health risks.

The data also shows:

  • nine current hospitalizations, with three individuals in intensive care;
  • 205 active cases and 483 individuals have recovered from COVID-19; and
  • the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is nine.

Public health officials also advise the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 1.47 per cent.

Testing numbers show an additional 1,669 laboratory tests were completed on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 113,952.

According to the province's COVID updates page, a probable case is a person who is showing symptoms, such as fever and cough, and meets exposure criteria (travel, close contact with another confirmed case or is living in a facility experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19). The individual may or may not have been tested at the time they are declared a probable case. Meanwhile, a confirmed positive case has tested positive for COVID-19 at a laboratory