Manitoba health leaders to give first COVID-19 update since before Christmas

Manitobans will get a COVID-19 update from provincial health leaders for the first time since before Christmas.

Dr. Jazz Atwal, acting deputy chief provincial public health officer, and Lanette Siragusa, Manitoba Shared Health chief nursing officer, will hold a media briefing at 12:30 p.m. CT.

Vaccination clinics for frontline health workers resumed Tuesday morning. The last immunization clinic was held on Dec. 23, with a total of  2,177 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered. The clinics will run until Dec. 31, and then resume Jan. 4 at the RBC Convention Centre.

The province will launch an online dashboard to track the distribution of the vaccine starting in January.

On Monday, the province posted its lowest daily case count since Nov. 3, but also the lowest number of tests since mid-September.

The provincial five-day test-positivity rate has been on the rise since before Christmas, up nearly 20 per cent to 12.6 per cent on Monday from 10.6 per cent on Dec. 24 .