163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba, with new hospitalization records, positive tests

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There are 163 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba on Friday, the province said in a press release, the second-highest increase in cases in a day.A man in his 80s linked to the COVID-19 outbreak at Winnipeg’s Parkview Place personal care home has died, the statement said, bringing the province’s coronavirus-related deaths to 48.

Since the start of the Parkview Place outbreak, 108 people linked to the private facility – 82 residents and 26 employees – have contracted the disease, a provincial spokesperson said Friday; 15 residents have died in what has become the deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in Manitoba.

Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate – a moving average of COVID-19 tests that come back positive – is now 6.5%, another record in the province.

There are now 51 people hospitalized with the disease, which is also a new record; eight of these people are in intensive care.

Outbreaks of the disease have been declared in four other Winnipeg nursing homes, which have turned red, or critical, in the province’s pandemic response system. These sites are the Holy Family Home, Concordia Personal Care Home, Saul and Claribel Simkin Center Personal Care Home, and Maples Long Term Care Home.

An outbreak at the YWCA in Thompson has now spread to 13 people linked to the facility, a provincial spokesperson said on Friday. The site hosted about 25 people homeless during the pandemic.

Most of the new cases – 128 – are in the Winnipeg health region, the release said. There are 19 in Southern Health Region, eight in Interlake East Health Region, seven in Northern Health Region, and one in Prairie Mountain Health Region.

A previously reported case of the disease in Manitoba has been removed from the province’s total, the release said, bringing the number of identified cases in Manitoba to 3,935.

On Thursday, the province announced new upcoming rules for northern Manitoba and schools in the Winnipeg and northern area. These measures will come into force on Monday.

The announcement came as Manitoba announced a new record number of deaths from illness caused by the novel coronavirus and posted what was before today the highest five-day test positivity rate.

Provincial officials also announced 147 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, which was the second-highest increase in cases in a day at the time.

To date, 2,032 people in Manitoba are listed as recovered from COVID-19, while 1,855 cases are considered active – although the province’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, has said this number was skewed due to a backlog of data entry.

As of Thursday, 2,642 more COVID-19 tests were carried out in Manitoba, bringing the total in the province since the beginning of February to 236,023.

Data on test numbers and test positivity rate will not be available on Saturday due to scheduled system upgrades, the statement said. This information should be updated again on Sunday.

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