While COVID-19 continues to spike in southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the north has a reason to celebrate. As of August 9, northern Manitoba has now gone four months without a case of COVID-19.
No cases have been reported within the Northern Health Region since April 8 - as of August 9, a streak of 124 days with nothing new on the COVID-19 front.
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.
The health region with the second fewest cases in Manitoba is the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, where 62 confirmed and probable positive cases have been reported during the pandemic. Forty-three of those cases are still active as of August 9.
Things look almost as good on the Saskatchewan side of the border. As of August 9, only one case of COVID-19 remained in the far north region of Saskatchewan, located in the west side of the province near the Alberta border.
The far north west portion of the province has seen Saskatchewan’s biggest COVID-19 outbreaks in La Loche and Clearwater River Dene Nation, with 346 cases tied to the area since the pandemic began. Six cases of COVID-19 have been found in the far north east region, which contains Creighton, Denare Beach, Pelican Narrows, Deschambault Lake and Sandy Bay. None of the six cases are tied to any Saskatchewan community near Flin Flon, with cases linked to communities including Pinehouse and Southend.