COVID-19 hospitalizations down 8 in Manitoba on Tuesday

Manitoba is reporting a decrease of eight hospitalizations and no new deaths on the province’s coronavirus data dashboard, as the province enters its second week without public health restrictions.

At the beginning of the month, Manitoba dropped its vaccine requirements for places such as gyms and restaurants. Manitoba had 463 people in the hospital with COVID-19 at the time, which included 30 in the ICU.

That number has fluctuated throughout the month, and there are now 380 people in the hospital, with 24 patients in the ICU, an increase of two since Monday. 

A week ago, the provincial mask mandate ended. 

To date, 1,731 people have died with COVID-19 in Manitoba. So far in March, 51 people have died from the virus in a span of 22 days. February saw 111 deaths.

A total of 118 new lab-confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday. Due to limited access to testing, this number is an undercount. The dashboard says there are 4,913 active cases in Manitoba, which is also an undercount.

On Sunday, the province closed 18 testing sites. Rapid test kits are available for free at various grocery stores, pharmacies and at Winnipeg’s public libraries.

Provincial vaccine sites in Brandon and Morden have now closed; Selkirk’s site will close on March 26, and Steinbach will follow suit mid-April. People in these locations can still find vaccines at pharmacies.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is 13.5 per cent, down from 15.9 per cent at the beginning of the month.

Comparably, the test positivity rate was 37.9 per cent on Jan. 3rd. These numbers are also affected by limited access to testing. 

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