344 new cases of COVID-19, 14 more deaths in Manitoba on Friday

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There are 344 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba and 14 more have died from the disease, the province’s public health official said on Friday.The five-day test positivity rate – a moving average of COVID-19 tests that come back positive – has now fallen to 14.5% in the province and to 14.2% in Winnipeg, Dr Brent Roussin said during the daily Manitoba press conference on COVID-19.

There are now a record 322 people hospitalized with the disease in Manitoba, up from 307 on Thursday. Of these, 45 are in intensive care.

As the number of new cases announced on Friday was a drop from the 383 reported the day before, Roussin again warned that healthcare providers were overwhelmed by the growing burden of COVID-19 on the healthcare system.

“While we don’t see the dramatic rise in numbers, we are in a state of numbers that we cannot sustain,” he said.

“We’re not going to be able to have enough capacity to maintain these numbers any longer. ”

The deaths announced Friday include nine cases linked to known outbreaks across the province.

Of these, three women are linked to the outbreak at the Saul and Claribel Simkin Center in Winnipeg: two in their 80s and one over 100.

They also include people linked to several other outbreaks in Winnipeg: two men in their 90s loved Golden Links Lodge, a woman in her 60s linked to Parkview Place Long Term Care Home, and a man in her 90s linked to St. Norbert. Personal Care Home. .

The latest deaths also include a woman in her 90s linked to Fairview Home in the Prairie Mountain Health area and a man in her 90s linked to Rest Haven Nursing Home in the Southern Health region.

The deaths announced Friday also include two men (one in his 50s, one in his 60s) from the Winnipeg health region, two men (in their 50s and 60s) from the Interlake East health region and a man in his 60s Region. southern sanitary.

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Manitoba’s public health official and chief nurse are expected to provide an update on COVID-19 in the province on Friday afternoon.

CBC News will live stream the press conference with Dr. Brent Roussin and Lanette Siragusa here at 12:30 p.m. CT.

The update comes as hospitalizations and deaths related to the coronavirus in Manitoba continue to rise. On Thursday, Roussin said about 70% of the total deaths from COVID-19 in the province occurred this month.

This week marked the highest number of daily hospitalizations related to the disease in Manitoba. On Thursday, there was a record 307 people hospitalized, including 46 in intensive care.

Manitoba also posted its largest daily increase in cases on Monday, when the province reported that 546 more people had contracted the disease.

Meanwhile, Manitoba’s largest school division plans teachers to walk students through a classroom exercise next week that will mimic what it might be like if the entire school system switched to distance learning.

The Winnipeg School Division exercise aims to give students a sense of how things could work if the province quickly brings schools to the critical red level of the pandemic response system.

This is expected to happen 10 days before the current restrictions across Manitoba expire, although Roussin said this week people should expect some rules to remain for now.

In the Southern Health region, where test positivity rates have skyrocketed this month, the Hanover School Division has already switched to full e-learning.

The province has acknowledged that it is considering extending the winter break for students, although officials have not yet confirmed whether that will happen.

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