WINNIPEG – Health officials announced 10 new deaths from COVID-19 in Manitoba on Friday.
This brings the death toll to 547.
Of the new deaths, five are from the Southern Health Region, including a man in his forties, a man in his fifties linked to the Morris General Hospital outbreak, a woman in his sixties, a man in his 80-year-old linked to the outbreak at Salem Home, and a 90-year-old man.
Three deaths have occurred in the Winnipeg area, one woman in her 60s and two in her 60s, one related to the Winnipeg Convalescent Home and the other related to the Charleswood Care Center.
One death occurred in the Prairie Mountain Health Region and was a man in his 80s linked to the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home. The latest death was a woman in her 80s from Interlake East Health Region which was part of the outbreak in Kin Place.
Manitoba also added 350 new cases, bringing the total since March to 22,397.
The test positivity rate is 13.6% in Manitoba and 13.1% in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg recorded the highest number of new cases with 133, while 89 were from Northern Health Region, 57 from Southern Health Region, 40 from Interlake East Health Region and 31 from Prairie Health Region. Mountain.
There are 5,602 active cases and 16,248 people have recovered.
Manitoba has 305 people in hospital, 43 of them in intensive care.
On Thursday, 2,167 tests were carried out, bringing the total to 398,970 since the beginning of February.
As Christmas approaches a week from now, Dr. Jazz Atwal, Acting Deputy Provincial Public Health Officer, reminds Manitobans once again that now is not the time to come together.
“We’ve all had traditions that we want to carry on, but this year is different and it has to be different. This year we have to make sacrifices and it will be difficult, ”said Atwal.
It also discourages people from traveling outside and within Manitoba.
“The next two weeks are critical, but we know what we need to do to stop the spread of this virus. ”
Atwal noted that if people don’t follow current health orders, they could be fined.
“Law enforcement is possible. There are a huge number of law enforcement officers all over the province, ”he said, adding that people could knock on doors if they received people.
Atwal said for now people should focus on next year and look forward to when everyone can come together again in 2021.