Manitoba recorded its highest COVID-19 case count of the month Wednesday, and Winnipeg continued to be the province's hot spot.

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Manitoba recorded its highest COVID-19 case count of the month Wednesday, and Winnipeg continued to be the province's hot spot.

Health officials reported 42 new cases of the novel coronavirus provincewide, with 30 in the Manitoba capital.

Winnipeg now has 335 of the province's 418 active cases of COVID-19. The city has been behind a recent surge that has seen Manitoba record 175 cases in the past six days and 464 since the beginning of the month.


Chart showing daily active cases of COVID-19 by health district

The current five-day test positivity rate in Manitoba rose to 2.2 per cent Wednesday from 1.8 per cent the day before. An additional 1,703 laboratory tests were completed Tuesday.

While the operator of the Parkview Place Care Centre personal care home reported Tuesday that one of its residents had died of COVID-19, the province made no mention of it in its media bulletin Wednesday. A spokeswoman said the province would not make an announcement until investigations were completed. The official death count remains at 18.

There were 11 Manitobans in hospital Wednesday with COVID-19, including five in intensive care.

Notifications have gone out regarding a confirmed case at the elementary school in the town of Gladstone on Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 14; a case at St. Maurice School on Pembina Highway on Sept. 17 and 18; and a case at Emerson School in Winnipeg on Sept. 16 and 17.

Red River College's Notre Dame campus closed one classroom for deep cleaning and disinfection after a community member tested positive for COVID-19, the school said in a statement Wednesday. The individual was asymptomatic while on campus, and public health has deemed the situation low risk.

Officials are also advising of possible exposures to the coronavirus at the following locations:

• Earls St. Vital, 1215 St. Mary's Rd., Sept. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.;
• Local Public Eatery, 274 Garry St., Sept. 15 and 16;
• Wee Johnny's Irish Pub, 177 McDermot Ave., Sept. 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for trivia night;
• Leopold's Tavern, 414 Academy Rd., Sept. 15 from 9:30 to 1:30 a.m.

It was the second possible exposure at Local Public Eatery, which was previously closed after exposures on Sept. 11 and 12.

Meanwhile, the outbreak at Rideau Park Personal Care Home has been declared over. The site is now rated caution (yellow) rather than critical (red) on the province's pandemic response system.


Larry Kusch

Larry Kusch
Legislature reporter

Larry Kusch didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life until he attended a high school newspaper editor’s workshop in Regina in the summer of 1969 and listened to a university student speak glowingly about the journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa.