While Manitoba recorded its 13th death from COVID-19 on Tuesday, it also earned the dubious distinction of leading the country in the number of active cases per 100,000 population, surpassing Alberta.
A woman in her 90s who lived at Bethesda Place Personal Care Home in Steinbach is the latest Manitoban to succumb to the virus.
A provincial spokeswoman said no new cases have been identified at the nursing home, which has seen seven people infected with the virus, including four staff.
With 25 new cases announced on Tuesday, Manitoba has passed the 1,000 mark to 1,018. More than half of the cases – 596 – occurred this month.
Manitoba currently has 399 active cases of coronavirus; on July 13, there was only one.
Per 100,000 population, the number of active cases in Manitoba now stands at 28.67, slightly higher than in Alberta (26.56). Neighboring Saskatchewan has an active case count of 8.29 per 100,000 population.
More than half of all active cases in Manitoba – 203 – are in the Prairie Mountain Health region, including 120 in the city of Brandon. Southern Health Region has 94 active cases, Winnipeg Health Region has 92, Interlake East has nine, and Northern Health Region has one.
While nearly 400 Manitobans are currently living with COVID-19, very few end up in hospital. Seven people were hospitalized for the virus on Tuesday, including one in intensive care.
Health officials have responded to the latest wave of cases by announcing new measures and restrictions in the Prairie Mountain Health region, including making masks mandatory in all indoor public places in the region.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise on Tuesday, the province’s current five-day test positivity rate edged down to 2.7%, from 2.9% the previous day. As of Monday, 1,428 lab tests were performed, bringing the total to 128,576.
Of the 25 new cases announced Tuesday, 10 are in Prairie Mountain Health Region, 9 in Southern Health Region and 6 in Winnipeg Health Region.
Manitoba health officials have attributed much of the recent outbreak of cases to a growing cluster in Brandon – including dozens of workers at the Maple Leaf Foods plant – and a blitz of testing in communities Hutterites.
– with files from Michael Pereira
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