Six new COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — Manitoba is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Friday, and is warning the public about potential exposure to the disease in Minnedosa and Brandon.

The announcement was made in a news bulletin sent Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of cases since March to 415.

Three of the cases are in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region, while two of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health Region. One case was identified in Winnipeg.

“Case investigations are ongoing,” the province stated. “When completed, additional information will be provided as needed to inform people of any public health risks.”

The province said Friday that potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred at two businesses.

One of the cases identified on Friday visited Blazers Mini Mart, located at 140 Main St. N. in Minnedosa, on July 25, according to health officials.

The province said another case identified on Thursday visited Asian Spices of Brandon, located at 437-A 10th St., on July 22 and 23.

“People who are considered close contacts of a COVID-19 case will be contacted by public health officials and advised to self-isolate,” the province said. “Others who were at these sites on those days do not need to self-isolate, but should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.”

Six people are hospitalized, with five people in intensive care. There are currently 70 active cases and the province is reporting 337 people have now recovered from the virus.

The total number of deaths in Manitoba remains at eight.