Active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba and Saskatchewan began to drop Friday, with both provinces reporting more recoveries than new people infected.
In Manitoba, six more people were found to have the disease as of 9:30 a.m. July 31. The cases were found in three regions - two in Prairie Mountain Health, three in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority and one in Winnipeg. Public health investigations are still ongoing into the new cases.
Along with the six new cases came 12 new recoveries province-wide, bringing the province's number of active COVID-19 cases down to 70.
Manitoba has now reported 415 positive tests for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Six people are currently in hospital province-wide due to COVID-19, with five of them in intensive care.
A pair of possible exposure events have been announced in the province - one person newly diagnosed was at Blazers' Mini Mart in Minnedosa July 25, while another person who has now tested positive was at Asian Spices of Brandon in Brandon July 22-23. People who have been at these locations are asked to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
In Saskatchewan, 14 new cases were found, with nine linked to what the province calls "communal living situations". Six cases were found in both the central and southern regions, with one case each found in northern Saskatchewan and in Saskatoon.
Twenty-four new recoveries from COVID-19 were announced Friday, bringing Saskatchewan's active case numbers below 300 for the first time in two weeks. Currently, 293 people in the province have COVID-19 with 15 people hospitalized and six people in intensive care.
Out of the 293 cases, 67 are in northern regions - 62 in the north and only five in the far north.