Public health officials advise four new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 40 from Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern;
• a female in her 70s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.4 per cent provincially and 13 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 329 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, three cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 326 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 52,261.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 30 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 30 cases in the Northern health region.
• 28 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 38 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 203 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 4,191 active cases and 46,999 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 207 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 86 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 293 hospitalizations;
• a total of 106 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
? 42 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 65 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
? 41 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 37 in Ontario, two in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta;
• 11 patients who no longer need to be treated in an ICU have been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care including one who was repatriated yesterday;
• 2,555 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 781,287; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,071.
Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic or have been advised by public health that they are a close contact. This will help ensure those who need to be tested can continue to access testing as easily as possible. Manitobans have several options available to access testing, including drive-thru and walk-in sites, or by booking an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#appointment.
Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.
An outbreak has been declared at Health Science Centre, WRS3 in Winnipeg. The facility has been moved to the Critical (Red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.
The outbreak has been declared over at The King’s School in Winnipeg.
Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.