Public health officials advise that one new death in a person with COVID-19 has been reported today:
• a male in his 70s 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 7.2 per cent provincially and 8.2 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 295 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, five cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 290 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 38,729.
Today’s COVID-19 data shows:
• 12 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 17 cases in the Northern health region;
• 50 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 29 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 187 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 2,375 active cases and 35,380 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 87 people in hospital with active COVID-19 as well as 62 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require care, for a total of 149 hospitalizations;
• 24 people in intensive care units with active COVID-19 as well as 15 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, for a total of 39 ICU patients;
• 3,526 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 660,625; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 974.
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.
Other 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.
The testing site at 3975 Portage Ave. in Winnipeg will close tomorrow, Saturday, May 1 as the site needs the space for regular operations. The final day for testing will be today. For alternative testing locations and to book an appointment online visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html.
As Manitoba moves through its third wave, testing numbers have begun to increase steadily. Public health officials are reminding Manitobans that in most cases, they should only seek testing at a provincial test site if they are symptomatic, have been identified as a close contact or have been directed to be tested by public health. 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, walk-in or by booking an appointment by calling toll-free 1-855-268-4318 or online at select sites through https://patient.petalmd.com/login?groupId=5930&locale=en.
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.