There are 327 more cases of COVID-19 and 11 more deaths reported in Manitoba on Saturday following a two-day hiatus due to New Years.
That brings the total number of deaths due to the novel coronavirus to 678, according to the province’s dashboard.
Five of the deaths are connected to long-term care facilities, including two men in their 70s and 80s and a woman in her 90s linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg; a man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home and a man in his 90s linked to an outbreak at the Deer Lodge Centre, according to a provincial news release.
A number aren’t linked to any known outbreaks, including:
- Two people from Winnipeg — a man and a woman in their 70s and 80s, respectively.
- Two people from the Southern health region — a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 80s.
- A man in his 60s from the Interlake-Eastern health region.
- A man in his 50s from the Northern health region.
Nearly half — 213 — of the new cases were reported in Winnipeg. The rest are in the Northern heath region (52), Southern Health region (33), Interlake-Eastern health region (16) and Prairie Mountain Health region (13).
That works out to roughly 163 cases per day, however test numbers are lower than normal because of the holidays.
On New Year’s Eve, 1,486 tests were done, and 1,898 were done the following day.
The number of people in hospital has decreased slightly since the last time provincial data was updated on New Year’s Eve, however the number of people in intensive care has gone up.
There are currently 334 people in hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19, including 239 who are still considered infectious, down from 337 people on Dec. 31, the province said in the news release.
Meanwhile, there are 42 people in intensive care, including 36 who have active cases. That’s up from 37 people in intensive care just three days ago.
The five-day test positivity rate — a rolling average of the number of tests that come back positive — is 10.4 per cent provincially, down from 11.2 per cent on Thursday. In Winnipeg, the test positivity rate is 11.1 per cent.
On that day, the acting deputy chief public health officer, Dr. Jazz Atwal, announced six more people had died from the illness and 187 more had been infected.
Outbreaks in hospital units
The province announced three new outbreaks on Saturday, including two in Winnipeg.
The Seven Oaks General Hospital 5U1-3 unit and Deer Lodge Centre’s Lodge 4 East in Manitoba’s capital and St. Anthony’s General Hospital ACIU in The Pas are all moving to critical or “red” according to the province’s colour-coded pandemic response system.
Elsewhere, the outbreak at Menno Home Personal Care Home in Grunthal is considered over.
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