New COVID-19 cases fall below 100

For the first time since October, there are less than 100 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.

The Manitoba Government announced there were 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which the lowest number of new cases since October 19th.

It was also announced there were eight more deaths.

Only 22 of the cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, while nearly half of the cases (44) were from the Winnipeg region.

The five-day test positivity rate jumped slightly to 10.1 percent provincially but dropped to 8.4 percent in Winnipeg. 

Public Health officials are telling Manitobans not to become complacent and to continue following public health orders. Health orders are still requiring non-essential businesses to remain closed for at least another two weeks.

The province has also announced that there is a new outbreak at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in Dauphin. The site has moved to the restricted level of the province’s color-coded pandemic response system.

The province is also expanding its bridge grant program for businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. It will be extending the application period to January 31st and doubling the amount for first-time applicants.