COVID-19 Update: Southern Manitoba sees spike, Sask. numbers continue slide

COVID-19 is booming in southern Manitoba, with a cluster of cases around Brandon driving the province's numbers higher.

Throughout Manitoba, 16 more cases were reported August 10, centred around the Prairie Mountain Health region and Southern Health-Sante Sud. Of the 16 cases, 11 were reported in Prairie Mountain Health, while the other five were found in southern health.

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Several of the cases are linked to existing clusters in Brandon and southern Manitoba. Sixty-four cases have been found in and around Brandon, with twenty-two cases linked to a single Brandon-area business, identified by some media outlets as a Maple Leaf meat processing plant.

Not all the cases have had connections to the outbreak. Case investigations are ongoing.

The new cases bring Manitoba's total cases during the pandemic up to 558, with 196 of those cases remaining active. More people have COVID-19 in Manitoba now than at any other point during the pandemic.

The province has cracked the 100,000 test milestone, sitting at 103,782 total tests since the pandemic began - more than 13 per cent of Manitobans have been tested for COVID-19.

Six people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba, with three of those people in intensive care. Two more people have recovered from the disease.

In Saskatchewan, case numbers are beginning to fall. Five more people tested positive for the disease, while eight more people have recovered. The cases were centred around Regina, south central and Saskatoon - three cases were found in Regina, while one each was found in the other two zones. Thirteen people are in hospital with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, including five people in intensive care.

Only one active case remains in far north Saskatchewan, in the far north west area - the same region with La Loche and several other communities where COVID-19 has had at least some presence for months.

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