Manitoba has reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases in the past four days, and is on the cusp of the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

Manitoba has reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases in the past four days, and is on the cusp of the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

The province reported 502 new cases and four deaths Monday, bringing the total to 997 thus far.

Chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin told reporters Monday that case counts will continue to climb for a week or two before tightened new public-health measures implemented Sunday begin to have an effect.

“In the meantime, we need Manitobans to follow these orders — follow the spirit of the orders,” he said.

Since Friday morning there have been about 500 new cases reported daily, most within the Winnipeg health region.

The five-day average test-positivity rates continue to climb; they were at 11.6 per cent provincially and 13.8 per cent in Winnipeg Monday.

There are 3,771 active cases, 1,345 of which involve more contagious variants.

Within ICUs, the province says there are 60 patients in intensive care with active COVID-19, 12 of whom are no longer infections.

Roussin said that the housemates of people getting tested for the coronavirus are not isolating.

“We’ve seen too many samples of unnecessary contacts with this,” said Roussin, urging people to stay home until they know their relative or roommate has received a negative result.

He urged people to be truthful with contact-tracing nurses; those conversations are not used to enforce sanctions on people who violate restrictions.

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