Sask. reports 20th COVID-19 death, Manitoba finds 17 new cases, north stays flat

Both Manitoba and Saskatchewan reported new COVID-19 cases in the double digits Friday, with cases centred around southern regions.

Seventeen new cases of COVID-19 were found in Manitoba, each centred around the south of the province. Ten of the cases were found in the Prairie Mountain Health region, with another five in Winnipeg and two in Southern Health-Sante Sud. Two of the cases were found in children under the age of nine, while most of the cases were reported in their teens, 20s and 30s.

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Another possible exposure event has been reported in southern Manitoba. People who attended the Tim Hortons along the Trans-Canada Highway in Brandon August 1 are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms arrive.

Within northern Manitoba, no new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the region since April 8, with no active cases remaining in the region.

Saskatchewan

For the second straight day, a Saskatchewan resident has died from COVID-19 - a person in their 60s in the south west region.

Throughout the province, 23 new cases were reported, including 12 in the south central region, three in the south west and in Saskatoon, two in Regina and in the central east region and one in the north west. Out of the 23 cases found, 19 are tied to "communal living situations", according to provincial health officials. 

Saskatchewan health officials have said the increase in cases was "a result of aggressive contact tracing and increased testing".

The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 who have recovered has gone up, with 57 people recovering from the disease. The province now has 168 active cases of COVID-19 and has reported 1,409 total cases of COVID-19, including 20 deaths.

The situation with COVID-19 in the far north is looking up. Only one case, located in the far north west region, remains active as of August 7. The case is located in the far north west 1 region, containing communities like La Loche, Buffalo Narrows, Beauval and other communities where cases were located. No cases have been reported in the region containing Flin Flon, Creighton and nearby communities.

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