Five-day COVID-19 positivity rates continue to inch higher in Manitoba as concerns rise about a third wave in Canada.

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Five-day COVID-19 positivity rates continue to inch higher in Manitoba as concerns rise about a third wave in Canada.

On Saturday, the rate was 4.4 per cent provincially while Winnipeg's was four per cent, the province said. There were 1,465 tests completed Friday.

When the province relaxed public health restrictions in early March, five-day positivity rates had fallen as low as three per cent in the Manitoba-wide and 2.4 per cent in Winnipeg.

Provincial health officials announced 181 new cases Saturday, which accounts for two days of data. Of new cases, 87 were in the Winnipeg Health region; one case in the Interlake–Eastern; 70 in Northern Health; 19 in Prairie Mountain; and four in Southern Health. There are 1,252 active cases in Manitoba, of which 142 are in hospital, including 29 in intensive care.

The province also reported 204,107 doses of the vaccine have been administered across the province, 60,519 of which are second doses, amounting to 13.4 per cent of Manitobans over age 18 vaccinated.

People leaving the province's vaccination supersite at the RBC Convention Centre on Saturday said the operation was running smoothly.

"It was great. I couldn’t believe it," Marilyn Doering. "I just came in the door, walked up to the third floor, went through the various sections. Very quickly, I sat down, got my vaccination, waited 15 minutes, and I’m out."

Doering, 74, said from start to finish the process took under 40 minutes. She said with all the talk of variants and a third wave, getting the shot today was "very important" to her.

Barbara Sanderson's experience at the centre was quick, taking about 20 minutes total, most of which was spent in observation following the shot.

"I was surprised," said the 77-year-old.

Val Pilhun, 75, said it took her a bit longer than that, but still the whole process was over in under an hour. She had an extra stake in getting the shot, she said.

"I’m immunosuppressed," she said. That caused her extra worry on top of months of isolation, so getting this dose of the vaccine is a welcome breath of air, she said.

"A little more confidence," she said. "But still have to follow all the protocols."

Those wait times mark an improvement since a scheduling error caused reported wait times of up to four hours Friday last week. The centre did bounce back the next day, with many people saying the process took about 90 minutes.

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