No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Manitoba Wednesday, keeping total case numbers to 292 ahead of the Province's Phase 2 reopening plan that comes into effect June 1.

Currently, no individuals are in hospital though officials continue to monitor 14 active cases, while 271 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. The number of deaths remains at seven.

Manitoba's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin explains while the province could see its active case count reach zero, residents should still get used to seeing more cases.

"We're not going to be thrown off our progress by seeing cases here and there," he says.

Roussin explains when watching the data, they're looking at a number of factors when deciding to scale back openings including the number of respiratory visits to the ER, disease transmission, vacancy of ICU beds.

"There's no one number that's going to tell us we need to change what we're doing, it's going to be the trend of those numbers and how many are giving us a signal. It's not as simple as one number that would change our progress."

Currently, the province is in its second incubation period after the Phase 1 reopening plan and numbers have remained favourable, Roussin says. The situation allows officials to move into a broad reopening with restrictions.

"I think it's a real safe plan," Roussin adds. "But it's a plan that also recognized that Manitobans have really stepped up to put us in a position where we can safely start gradually reopening things."

As of yesterday, an additional 1,145 laboratory tests were performed. This brings the total number of tests performed since early February to 40,466.