Manitoba Public Health is advising of 42 new COVID-19 identified in Manitoba as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the province's total to 1,674.

Three of the new cases are in the Prairie Mountain Health Region; two in the Interlake–Eastern Health Region; one case in the Northern Health Region; six cases in Southern Health–Santé Sud; and 30 cases in Winnipeg Health Region. Case investigations continue and officials say if a public health risk is identified, the public will be notified.

Data shows 1,703 tests were completed on Tuesday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed in Manitoba since early February to 170,045. The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.2 per cent.

As well, Manitoba public health officials have advised a confirmed COVID-19 case at each:
• Gladstone Elementary School in Gladstone, MB on Sept. 8 to 10, and 14;
• St. Maurice School in Winnipeg, MB on Sept. 17 and 18; and
• Emerson School in Winnipeg, MB on Sept. 16 and 17.

Based on the public health investigations, these exposures were assessed to be low risk and officials say the infections were not acquired at school.

Public health is also advising of possible exposures to COVID-19 at the following sites on the dates and times:
• Earls St. Vital at 1215 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.;
• The Local Public Eatery at 274 Garry St. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 and 16;
• Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub at 177 McDermot Ave. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for trivia night; and
• Leopold’s Tavern at 414 Academy Rd. in Winnipeg on Sept. 15 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

People who attended one of the above locations on the dates/times listed should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate if they develop and seek testing.

In addition, the outbreak at the Rideau Park Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB has been declared over. The site has been moved from Critical (red) to Caution (yellow) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

The chief provincial public health officer strongly encourages residents of and visitors to Winnipeg to focus on these fundamentals to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
• People must stay home if sick.
• Wash/sanitize your hands, cover your cough and physically distance when you are with people outside your household.
• If you cannot physically distance, you should wear a mask to help reduce your risk.
• Reduce the number of close contacts outside your household, and avoid closed-in or crowded spaces.

Unless recommended by public health officials, only individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should go for testing. Individuals with symptoms are asked to seek testing as soon as possible once symptoms are present. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if public health officials have recommended testing.

There are currently 418 active cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, and 1,238 individuals have recovered. Data shows 11 people are in hospital with five people in intensive care. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 18.