Manitoba health officials to provide COVID-19, vaccine update

WINNIPEG –

The Manitoba government is set to give an update on Monday afternoon regarding the province’s COVID-19 cases, as well as the vaccine.

Dr. Brent Roussin, chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead for the Vaccine Implementation Task Force, and Dr. Marcia Anderson, public health lead for the First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team, will be speaking at a virtual news conference at 12:30 p.m. CTV News Winnipeg will live-stream the event.

On Friday – the last time Manitoba updated its COVID-19 numbers – there were 88 new cases of COVID-19. This brought the total number of active cases to 629, and the number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 59, 612.

Of these new cases, 53 were unvaccinated, 12 were partially vaccinated and 23 were fully vaccinated.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is 2.6 per cent.

The province also announced another death related to COVID-19, bringing Manitoba’s death toll to 1,204.

Last week, Manitoba announced that certain residents will be able to get a third dose of an mRNA vaccine. This includes people who are immunocompromised, as well as those who want to receive a third dose for the purposes of travel.

A third dose is also available for Manitobans who have received one or two doses of a vaccine that hasn’t been approved by Health Canada.

As of Friday, 84.1 per cent of eligible Manitobans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 79.2 have received both doses.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

– With files from CTV’s Danton Unger.

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