Drive-through lines spike at Manitoba COVID-19 testing sites, no new cases for second day in a row

Manitoba has recorded no new cases of Coronavirus for the second day in a row, but drive through lines at testing sites appear to have spiked.

Provincial health officials said Thursday there were no new cases of the disease caused by COVID-19, and one probable case has been found to be negative, putting Manitoba’s numbers at 289.

The probable case was part of the cluster of cases in Prairie Mountain Health region, said the provincial bulletin, bringing that cluster back down to 10.

Four people are still in hospital, with one in intensive care. Active cases have dropped to 30 and 252 people have recovered.

Manitoba’s death toll remains at seven.

An additional 306 laboratory tests were performed Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests performed since early February to 32,244.

Manitoba reports no new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday

On Wednesday, health officials said anyone with symptoms can now simply go to a testing site and request a test without having to call Health Links first.

On Thursday, long lines of vehicles were found at the Main Street and Barnes Avenue testing sites, both of which are drive-through only.

A Thursday afternoon lineup at the Barnes Street COVID-19 testing site.

A Thursday afternoon lineup at the Barnes Street COVID-19 testing site.

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Global News has reached out to the province for comment.

Earlier on Thursday, Premier Brian Pallister announced that more public health officers will be granted powers to enforce

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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