The Winnipeg Free Press is tracking the status of COVID-19 in Manitoba, as reported daily by provincial health authorities.
Proportion of positive tests
The percentage of tests that are positive -- referred to as the positivity rate or test positive proportion by the province -- shows the infection rate among those tested for the virus. This is another indicator for the extent of infections within Manitoba.
A higher positivity rates indicates that the virus is more widespread in the population.
Cases across Manitoba
Case rates in Manitoba
Another important statistic is per capita value, which helps compare a value among groups of different sizes.
Generally speaking, more populous areas will have more tests, positive cases and deaths simply because there are more people. To effectively compare areas with different populations, we determine how many tests, cases and deaths there are for each person in the area. "Per capita" means "per person."
Per-capita data is usually reported "per 100,000" to avoid using tiny decimal values.
COVID-19 across Canada
Charts provided by The Canadian Press update weekly.
Michael Pereira is a data journalist and developer who spends his days pulling data from (sometimes unwilling) sources, extracting meaning for readers and producing graphics that tell a story.