Northern Manitoba hits three-month mark without COVID-19, eight days with no Manitoba cases

Sask. reports two new cases, none in far north

Three straight months. As of Wednesday afternoon, it's been three months since the last COVID-19 case was reported in northern Manitoba.

The province announced no new cases of the disease for the eighth consecutive day July 8, one of the longest stretches with no new cases in Manitoba since the pandemic began. No new cases have been reported in the Northern Health Region since April 8.

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All three northern Manitoba residents who tested positive for COVID-19 - a male in his 50s, another male in his 30s and a female in her 20s - have recovered from the disease. The cases were initially found March 29, April 1 and April 6, but were not confirmed and publicly reported until later.

Manitoba has reported a total of 325 cases province-wide, of which only six remain active. Out of the 325 people reported to be infected, 312 have recovered. Seven people have died from COVID-19 in Manitoba.

In total, 4,309 Manitobans have been tested for COVID-19 since the last confirmed case of the disease reported June 30 - as of July 8, every one of those tests has come back negative.

Saskatchewan, particularly northern Saskatchewan, has not had similar luck. Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported July 8, with one in Saskatoon and one in the north. Three people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with none in intensive care.

Forty-seven people in Saskatchewan still have COVID-19 as of July 8, with 36 of those cases in northern communities - 28 in the far north, eight in the north. Creighton, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Sandy Bay and other communities near Flin Flon are included in the far north region, but no cases of COVID-19 have been reported from any of these communities.

The exact location of the new case found in the north was not announced.

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