Nine more COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba, outbreak prompts hospital ER to close

Manitoba public health officials confirm nine additional deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported Saturday.

Those deaths are:

  • A woman in her 70s from the Interlake-Eastern health region
  • A woman in her 60s from the Northern health region
  • A woman in her 70s from the Southern Health-Santé Sud region, linked to an outbreak at Morris General Hospital
  • A woman in her 50s from the Winnipeg health region
  • A woman in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region linked to an outbreak at Fred Douglas Lodge
  • A woman in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region
  • A woman in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region linked to an outbreak at Fred Douglas Lodge
  • A man in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region
  • A woman in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region linked to an outbreak at Park Manor Care

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.2 per cent provincially and 12 per cent in Winnipeg.

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As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 238 new cases of the virus have been identified, which brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 22,630. The new infections are in the following regions:

  • 33 cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region
  • 55 cases in the Northern health region
  • 16 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region
  • 30 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region
  • 104 cases in the Winnipeg health region

The data also shows there are 5,668 active cases and 16,406 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19.

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There are 298 people in hospital, with 44 people in intensive care and the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 556.

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,502 tests were completed Friday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 401,475.

A new drive-thru testing site, located at 323 Sunset Blvd. in Arborg, opens on Monday.

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Outbreaks have been declared at Seven Oaks General Hospital units 4U4-7 and 4U8-12, Health Sciences Centre unit GH4, and Deer Lodge Centre on Lodge 4 West in Winnipeg, as well as at Lions Prairie Manor in Portage la Prairie and Northern Spirit Manor in Thompson.

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In addition, an outbreak has been declared at the Beausejour Hospital. Due to this outbreak, the emergency department is closed until further notice. The health region asks residents to always call 9-1-1 for emergency care.

These sites have been moved to Critical (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

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