Manitoba announced 251 new cases of #COVID19 and one more death on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Active cases: 2,593
Total caseload: 39,524
Recovered: 35,952
Deaths: 979
Manitoba #COVID19 patients in hospital: 178 (up 11)

In ICU: 45 (up 5)
Five-day Manitoba #COVID19 test-positivity rate: 8 per cent (up 0.3 percentage points)

Winnipeg rate: 8.7 per cent

Tests completed Sunday: 2,898
Regional breakdown of new Manitoba #COVID19 cases:

184 Winnipeg
20 Interlake-Eastern
18 Southern
15 Northern
14 Prairie Mountain
The latest Manitoban to succumb to #COVID19 is a Winnipeg man in his 50s who was infected with the B117 variant.
Roussin, noting the increase in cases over the past month and the rise in hospitalizations this weekend, is once again imploring Manitobans to avoid each other and stay home as much as possible.
Average daily case count (seven-day average) rises to 248 today.
Roussin reminds Manitobans garage sales are illegal right now.
Roussin reminds Manitobans campsites are treated as private residences and you can't have guests to your campsite under the current public health order.
Roussin says transmission is widespread. Continues to blame gatherings, but says it's also spreading at places of worship, worlplaces and schools.

Social gatherings remain the main vector, though.
There are now 106 patients of all diagnoses (COVID and non-COVID) in ICU.

Normal capacity is 71.
Total ICU patient numbers are up 12 in a week.
Roussin asked what the trigger point is to close schools now that variants spread faster.

Roussin says there is no point when kids are still allowed to socialize outside schools.
[Context: Schools didn't close province-wide in the fall at 15 per cent test-positivity but did close in Hanover at 40 per cent.

But we now have variants.]
Roussin acknowledges anecdotal reports that COVID tests are now talking days to process instead of 24-30 hours, due to higher test volumes.

He doesn't have the current average test turn-around time at hand.
Roussin asked why not lock down like Nova Scotia.

Says more restrictions could arrive.
That is it for today.

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3 May
The province is running 11 more "pop-up" vaccine clinics this week.

Arborg (Arborg-Bifrost CC): May 4
Winnipeg (Notre Dame Avenue): May 4-6
The Pas (Roy Johnston Arena): May 5
Beausejour (Brokenhead River RC): May 6
Portage la Prairie (Herman Prior Centre): May 6
Steinbach (Pat Porter Centre): May 6
Eriksdale (Eriksdale RC): May 6
Russell (George Buleziuk Centre): May 6
Swan River (Veterans Hall): May 6
Flin Flon (Community Hall): May 6-7
Pine Falls-Powerview (Ecole Powerview): May 7
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All First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Manitoba may now make a vaccination appointment. #covid19
This involves a Pfizer or Moderna shot at a supersite, pop-up clinic or Indigenous-led clinic. You must be 18 or up.
AZ eligibility at docs and pharmacies remains 40 and up, and people with serious health conditions in their 30s.
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2 May
Manitoba announced 281 new cases of #COVID19 and 2 more deaths on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Active cases: 2,450
Total caseload: 39,274
Recovered: 35,756
Deaths: 978
Manitoba #COVID19 patients in hospital: 167 (up 18 since Friday)

In ICU: 40 (up one since Friday)
Five-day Manitoba #COVID19 test-positivity rate: 7.7 per cent (up 0.4 percentage points)

Winnipeg rate: 8.4 per cent

Tests completed Saturday: 3,188
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Manitoba announced 273 new cases of #COVID19 and two more deaths on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Active cases: 2,468
Total caseload: 38,995
Recovered: 35,551
Deaths: 976
Hospitalization data is not available today.
Five-day Manitoba #COVID19 test-positivity rate: 7.3 per cent

Winnipeg rate: 8.3 per cent

Tests completed Friday: 3,346
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This is the company Manitoba has given $7 million to create a made-in-Canada vaccine.
Update: The Pallister government says Providence has not been paid.

"Manitoba’s agreement with Providence Therapeutics has not been finalized and, as such, no payments have been made."
"While Providence is the developer of the vaccine, their Canadian partners Northern RNA and Emergent Biosolutions remain an integral part Providence’s vaccine production plans ..."
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Ok, so I used Google Maps and Backroad Mapbooks to check into this claim by B.C.‘s premier, @jjhorgan.

He is mistaken.
There are 74 roads in and out of Manitoba from other parts of Canada.

Saskatchewan: 72
Ontario: 2

There are 45 roads into B.C. from other parts of Canada.

Alberta: 38
Yukon: 6
N.W.T.: 1
Most of the roads in question are gravel roads. We call them mile roads on the prairies, as they are generally laid out in grids, one mile apart.
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