Manitoba has hit its lowest daily case count since April, with 93 new cases of COVID-19 and six deaths on Sunday.
This is the lowest number since April 14, where 86 cases were reported.
The test positivity in Manitoba has dropped to 8 per cent — the lowest it’s been since April 24 — and 7.2 per cent in Winnipeg.
Out of the cases announced Sunday, 42 were identified in Winnipeg, 24 in the Southern Health region, 14 in Interlake-Eastern, eight in the Northern Health region and five in Prairie Mountain.
The province is also getting closer to its promise to administer 20,000 vaccines per day — 18,491 doses were scheduled to be administered Sunday. On Wednesday, the province’s vaccine implementation task force announced just more than 300,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine were set to land in Manitoba by the end of June, which may offset a shortage of Pfizer, after the province was notified it would be receiving less than half of the shipments it had been expecting.
The six Manitobans who have died of COVID-19 include a man in his 30s, a man and woman in their 50s, and a man and a woman in their 60s from Winnipeg and a man in his 70s from the Southern health region. Half of those have been attributed to a variant of concern.
While no new COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care Saturday, there are still 17 Manitoba patients in ICUs outside of the province, including 16 in Ontario and one in Alberta. There are currently 250 Manitobans in hospital with COVID-19, including 74 total Manitoban patients in ICU.
The province has put forward a reopening of businesses and services to 25 per cent capacity by Canada Day contingent on vaccine uptake — and while lower case counts might propel the province to act on its plan, the highly transmissible Delta variant should serve as a warning, doctors said Friday.
That same day, deputy chief provincial public health officer Dr. Jazz Atwal said to expect possible "subtle changes" to the province’s reopening strategy to be announced this week.
Word of walk-in Moderna vaccinations at the Leila Soccer Complex super site spread on social media Sunday, including a Tweet from popular account Vaccine Hunters Canada stating that the supersite — along with supersites in Brandon, Dauphin and Morden — would be accepting walk-ins starting Sunday. The province has not confirmed these walk-ins will be regularly available.
An outbreak was declared Sunday at Deer Lodge Centre, Lodge 4 West in Winnipeg, while an outbreak at Health Science Centre unit WRS3 was declared over.
Malak Abas is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.