Manitoba public health reported 473 laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the week of August 14th to 20th an increase from 455 the previous week. Winnipeg reported 195 new cases followed by the Northern health region with 93 down from 103 the previous week. The volume of lab tests decreased to on average 324 people tested per day compared to 326 the previous week with a test positivity rate of 23.9 percent an increase from 23.8 percent in the previous week. There were 60 hospital admissions down from 72 and 8 ICU admissions down from 19 the previous week.
Manitoba health is advising that all children aged 5 to 11 can now receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine especially children with an underlying medical condition and there should be a minimum six month interval between the child’s last dose and the booster dose. Appointments are currently available at regional vaccine sites, public health offices, pharmacies and medical clinics.