36 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported in Manitoba on Thursday

There are 36 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths in Manitoba on Thursday.

The province listed three deaths in its news release, however, because it includes a death from Wednesday.

The deaths include two men in their 70s from the Winnipeg health region, one of them linked to the B.1.617.2 or delta variant of concern. That brings the total number of deaths connected to delta into double digits, with 10 in Manitoba.

The other death reported Thursday is a man in his 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, whose death is linked to an unspecified variant of concern.

There are now 1,192 deaths linked to COVID-19 in Manitoba, including 194 due to variants of concern.

Of the 36 new cases, 24 are people who were not fully vaccinated, the province said.

There are 15 new cases in the Winnipeg health region (nine not fully vaccinated), nine cases in the Northern Health Region (eight not fully vaccinated), seven cases in the Southern Health region (four not fully vaccinated), three cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region (two not fully vaccinated) and two cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region (one not fully vaccinated).

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.4 per cent provincially (down from 2.9 on Wednesday) and 1.5 per cent in Winnipeg. It was 1.6 per cent in the city on Monday, previously the most recent update for Winnipeg.

Numbers have gone up for hospitalizations — 70 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, up from 65 on Wednesday, with 15 of those patients in intensive care, up from 12.

A total of 2,420 laboratory tests were completed Wednesday, bringing the number since early February 2020 to 929,868.

The province’s online variant dashboard on Thursday said 83 more cases have been linked to variants of concern. There were 81 cases added to the unspecified list, one more classified as the delta variant and one as the alpha, or B.1.1.7, variant.

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