Public health officials advise two new deaths in people with COVID-19 have been reported today:
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern; and
• a female in her 60s 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 11.9 per cent provincially and 12.7 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 169 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, one case has been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 168 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 52,919.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• six cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 16 cases in the Northern health region.
• nine cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 27 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 111 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 3,962 active cases and 47,880 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 344 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including:
? - 223 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 85 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 308 hospitalizations;
? - a total of 102 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
o 47 people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 19 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 66 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
o 36 Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, with 33 in Ontario, one in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta;
• 17 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals including one who was repatriated yesterday;
• 1,838 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 787,762; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,077.
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 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.
The outbreak is over at Emerson Health Centre in Emerson.
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.