143 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths reported in Manitoba Wednesday

There are 143 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in Manitoba on Wednesday, the provincial coronavirus dashboard says.

There have now been 1,268 deaths from COVID-19 in Manitoba. Details such as the age, sex and location of the latest deaths were not released via the online dashboard.

The five-day test positivity rate for Manitoba has increased to 6.2 per cent.

There are now 111 patients in hospital with COVID-19, down from 138 on Tuesday. That includes 28 in intensive care. 

The highest number of cases reported Wednesday was in the Southern Health region, which has 66 new cases.

The Winnipeg health region has 33 new cases, the Prairie Mountain Health region has 29, the Interlake-Eastern health region has 10, and the Northern Health Region has five.

Public health officials gave an update on COVID-19 in Manitoba via Zoom on Wednesday afternoon, a day after the province broke another fourth-wave record for new cases. 

Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, and Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the province’s vaccine task force, are speaking at the news conference, which CBC News is live streaming on Facebook. 

The province announced Wednesday morning it was expanding eligibility for third doses of COVID-19 vaccines to all Manitobans over the age of 18. 

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