Manitoba reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 and one death today, a provincial news release says.
“Throughout Manitoba, in every region, we are seeing case counts and trends that look very much like our situation in October,” said Dr. Joss Reimer, Manitoba’s medical lead of the vaccine implementation task force.
“Even with vaccines, we could see cases increase very quickly, leading to another lockdown.”
Most of the new COVID-19 cases announced Wednesday were in the Winnipeg health region, which posted 76 new infections.
There are also 30 new cases in the Northern Health region, 24 in the Southern Health region, 19 in the Prairie Mountain Health region and 15 in the Interlake-Eastern health region.
A man in his 50s from Northern Health region has died, the news release says.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate grew to 6.3 per cent, from six per cent on Tuesday. In Winnipeg, that rate jumped to 6.6 per cent from 6.3.
There are now 137 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, the province said, up from 132 on Tuesday. Of those, 34 are in intensive care, up by one.
There have now been 36,632 COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba, of which 1,833 are considered active.
Exposures to B117
The public may have been exposed to a more contagious coronavirus variant at a restaurant in Thompson, Man., earlier this month, the province says.
The possible exposure to the B117 variant of concern took place at McDonald’s at 217 Mystery Lake Rd. on April 8 from 4 p.m. to midnight, April 10 and 11 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and April 13 and 14 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
In Winnipeg, an outbreak has been declared at St. Maurice Daycare.
This update comes after the province announced early Wednesday that people working in front-line jobs in high-risk communities will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Friday, as will any adult living in those hot spots.
Eligible workers in the high-risk areas will include those employed at grocery stores, gas stations, schools, convenience stores and food processing plants.
The vaccine task force plans to release the first areas that will get priority access on Friday.
On Tuesday, the province reported 211 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, as well as 63 new cases of more contagious variants.
It’s the highest single-day new case count since Jan. 24, near the end of Manitoba’s second wave of COVID-19.
Sixty-three new cases of highly infectious variants of concern were also reported Tuesday, including a second case of the P1 variant that’s become associated with Brazil.
The first P1 case was identified last Thursday and is related to travel. The second case was expected because the person who travelled had one household contact, Dr. Jazz Atwal, Manitoba’s acting deputy chief public health officer, said last week.
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