108 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths announced in Manitoba today

Manitoba is reporting 108 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths today.

Most of the new COVID-19 cases announced Monday were in the Winnipeg health region, which posted 63 new infections.

Two-thirds of recent cases in Winnipeg are now variants of concern, Manitoba’s chief public health officer said at a news conference on Monday.

“We see what is happening in other jurisdictions, we need to ensure we can do whatever we can here in Manitoba to keep that from happening here, while at the same we’re vaccinating our population,” Dr. Brent Roussin said.

There are also 18 cases in the Southern Health region, 12 in the Interlake-Eastern health region, 10 in the Prairie Mountain Health region and five in the Northern health region.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is up slightly to 5.7 per cent, from 5.6 per cent on Sunday. In Winnipeg, that rate rose to 5.7 per cent from 5.5.

There are still 132 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, the province said. Of those, 30 are in intensive care, down by three from Sunday.

There have now been 36,267 COVID-19 cases identified in Manitoba, of which 1,685 are considered active and 33,623 recovered.

On Sunday, 2,491 COVID-19 tests were done in Manitoba, bringing the number of swabs completed in the province to 624,868 since early February 2020.

The province has also declared an outbreak at the Dauphin Personal Care Home in Dauphin. 

This update comes after the province saw 170 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 183 new cases the day before. Saturday marked the highest single-day increase since Jan. 24.

Meanwhile, the percentage of cases involving more transmissible variants of concern continue to rise. A provincial epidemiology report from the week of April 4-10 shows that 25 per cent of all positive tests that week involved concerning coronavirus variants. 

That’s up from about 15 per cent the previous week, the data shows.

In addition, a First Nation in Manitoba’s Interlake announced its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant.

Fisher River Cree Nation was told of an on-reserve B117 case and is taking steps to ensure nobody else is exposed. As of Monday, there are three active cases of COVID-19 in the community, up from one on Sunday.

There were 710 cases of variants of concern reported Saturday on the province’s variant dashboard, up from 704 on Friday. Of those, 287 were considered active.

Provincial data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday.

As of Monday, 341,926 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered and 24.8 per cent of the population had received at least one dose, provincial data said.

The province announced Monday Manitobans aged 40 and up can now get the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine from a doctor or pharmacist.

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