Today’s five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 12.5 per cent provincially. As of 9:30am on March 3, 2022, 165 new cases of the virus have been identified. It is estimated that actual case numbers are eight to 10 times higher than reported due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant and much diminished PCR testing done by the province.
Information about COVID-19 in Manitoba is updated weekdays at 12:30 p.m. on these DataMB dashboards:
- Case data: geoportal.gov.mb.ca
- COVID-19 vaccination coverage: geoportal.gov.mb.ca
- Outbreaks: gov.mb.ca
Public health officials are highlighting the following trends. As of March 2, Manitoba saw:
- 139 new hospitalizations, a 23.6 per cent decrease from the previous week; and
- 13 new ICU cases, an 18.2 per cent decrease from the previous week.
As compared to people with three doses of the vaccine, those who are not fully vaccinated are:
- five times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19;
- six times as likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit; and
- seven times as likely to die with COVID-19.
The province is distributing over four million rapid tests to retail partners across Manitoba. To date, eight retail chains have signed on to the program, including Co‑op (42 locations), Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart (59 locations), London Drugs (one location), Rexall (18 locations), Save-On-Foods (5 locations), Safeway, Sobeys and IGA (40 locations), Walmart (16 locations) and North West Company (29 locations). Supplies are expected to be in place at all participating locations by early next week.
An additional 18,000 tests are being distributed to 18 public library locations in Winnipeg. Kits contain five tests per bag and people can receive up to two bags per family. Asymptomatic people can pick these up to use in the future when they or a household member develop symptoms.
For a full list of participating partners, visit manitoba.ca.
As of March 15, public health will no longer require people who test positive for COVID-19 to isolate. Further guidance will be provided, however it will continue to be recommended that people with symptoms should stay home when they are sick.
Also, as of March 15, public health will no longer conduct case investigations of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals will continue to be notified of their test results.
Individuals who have been tested for COVID-19 are now able to access all past COVID-19 test results through the Shared Health portal at sharedhealthmb.ca. Previously, only the most current test results were available. Self-administered rapid antigen test results are not available through the portal. Individuals who experience an issue accessing their records can request support at gov.mb.ca.
Public health officials advise 11 new deaths in people with COVID-19 are being reported today:
- a male in his 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region (reported Saturday);
- a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Saturday);
- a male in his 80s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud region (reported Saturday);
- a male in his 60s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud region (reported Saturday);
- a male in his 60s from the Northern health region (reported Sunday);
- a female in her 90s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at The Sherwood personal care home (reported Sunday);
- a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the outbreak at Tuxedo Villa personal care home (reported Wednesday);
- a female in her 40s from the Prairie Mountain Health region and linked to the outbreak at Brandon Regional Health Centre (reported Wednesday);
- a female in her 90s from Prairie Mountain Health region (reported Thursday);
- a female in her 30s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Thursday); and
- a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region (reported Thursday).
Manitoba now has a sufficient supply of Pfizer vaccine. Individuals who previously received Pfizer or Moderna can choose either vaccine for their next dose, as both are safe, effective and available.
The vaccine clinic at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg remains open with appointments and walk-ins available. The provincial call centre and online booking system is still taking appointments for many locations.
The Manitoba government is also providing an update on ongoing enforcement efforts to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19. A total of 1,102 inspections occurred, which resulted in nine warnings and 23 tickets issued for the week of Feb. 21 to 27 including:
- one $298 ticket to an individual for failure to wear a mask in an indoor public place;
- one $8,550 ticket to an individual for the Federal Quarantine Act; and
- 21 $5,000 tickets to businesses.
Updated enforcement statistics are posted online weekly at manitoba.ca.
Tickets issued by health region include:
- zero tickets in Interlake-Eastern (zero per cent);
- zero tickets in Northern (zero per cent);
- zero tickets in Prairie Mountain Health (zero per cent);
- 23 tickets in Southern Health-Santé Sud (100 per cent); and
- zero tickets in Winnipeg (zero per cent).