The latest deaths also include a woman in her 60s linked to the Parkview Place long-term care home, a man in her 60s linked to the Misericordia health center transitional care unit, a woman in her 80s linked at Bridgepark Manor assisted living facility a man in his 80s linked to the Holy Family home and a woman in his 100s linked to the Gilbert Plains personal care home. Also included is an 80-year-old woman and a 90-year-old man linked to the Maples long-term care home.
The deaths also include three other men unrelated to an outbreak: one in his 60s from Northern Health Region and one in his 60s from Winnipeg Health Region, bringing the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Manitoba to 217.
The update comes a day after Manitoba surpassed 200 illness-related deaths from the novel coronavirus. The deaths announced on Friday included a man in his 20s – the youngest in the province to die from COVID-19.
The province has also declared seven other outbreaks in Manitoba. These sites have all been moved to the critical, or red, level of the province’s pandemic response system:
- Unit 3 North of Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
- Dakota House à Winnipeg.
- Eastview Place in Altona.
- Tabor House in Morden.
- Fernwood Place à Steinbach.
- Lions Prairie Manor in Portage la Prairie.
- Douglas Campbell Lodge in Portage la Prairie.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate is up slightly to 13.8%, while Winnipeg’s is down to 13.6%.
To date, 5,075 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Manitoba, the release said, and 8,012 cases are still considered active – although public health officials said that number was inflated due to a backlog of data entry.
The cases announced on Saturday include 218 in the Winnipeg Health Region, 94 in the Southern Health Region, 34 in the Northern Health Region, 26 in the Interlake East Health Region and 15 in the Prairie Mountain Health Region, the release said. .
Two previously announced COVID-19 cases were suppressed due to an error, the statement said, bringing the total number of identified cases in the province to 13,304.
Saturday also marks the start of the first weekend under a new set of restrictions introduced in Manitoba that prohibit the sale of non-essential products in stores (although people can still purchase these items for delivery or the curbside pickup).
The new rules also ban almost all visitors from the homes, with a few exceptions.
Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief public health officer, sounded the alarm on the spread of COVID-19 in the southern Manitoba health region at a press conference on Friday.
The test positivity rate – a moving average of COVID-19 tests that come back positive – in the Steinbach health district was 40% when measured in the previous 10 days, he said.
This part of the province also accounts for nearly 12% of coronavirus-related deaths in Manitoba, Roussin said. And with a population of just over 21,000, the Steinbach health district has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 per capita in the country.
As of Friday, 2,519 more COVID-19 tests were carried out in Manitoba, bringing the total completed in the province since early February to 327,511, the statement said.