WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s top doctor said the province was on an ‘encouraging’ trajectory as COVID-19 deaths continue to decline, but added Manitobans would have been in a better position without the hundreds of people who gathered during the holidays.
On Monday, Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, reported three deaths, including a man in his 60s from the Northern Health Region, an 80-year-old man from the Prairie Mountain Health Region whose Death is linked to an outbreak at McCreary / Alonsa Health Center and a woman in her 80s from Winnipeg whose death is linked to an outbreak at Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home.
These most recent deaths bring the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in Manitoba to 741. This is the fourth day in a row that Manitoba has seen the daily number of COVID-19-related deaths dip into the numbers to one. figure.
DISTRIBUTION OF COVID-19 CASES IN MANITOBA
The province also reported 133 new cases on Monday. Winnipeg recorded the highest number of cases in health regions in Manitoba, with 47 cases identified as of Monday morning. The Winnipeg Health Region has a five-day test positivity rate of 8.8%.
Other cases reported on Monday include:
- 11 cases in Interlake East health region;
- 34 cases in the northern health region;
28 cases in Prairie Mountain Health Region; and
13 cases in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region.
These cases bring the total number of cases in Manitoba to 26,450. The province’s five-day test positive rate remains at 10%.
The province said Monday that 22,295 people have recovered from COVID-19, while 3,414 people have active cases.
MORE CASES RELATED TO VACATION MEETINGS IN MANITOBA
“Today’s numbers are encouraging and we really want this trajectory to continue,” Roussin said, adding that Manitoba was on a dark path late last year, with provincial modeling projecting up to 1,000 cases per day at the beginning of December.
He said strict health orders, which have been in place since Nov. 12 and have been extended at least until Jan. 22, have lowered the number of daily cases.
“We might even be in a better place right now, but we attended a lot of the rally over the holiday season. ”
The chief medical officer said there had been 538 confirmed cases identified on or after December 25 that were linked to holiday gatherings, leading to 2,879 close contacts.
“This is really why we had to expand the restrictions we have in place, we still have to see what the impact was of these holiday gatherings,” Roussin said.
YOUNGER POPULATION IDENTIFIED IN MANITOBA HOSPITALIZATIONS
Of the total 316 COVID-19 patients at the hospital on Monday, 162 people have active cases while 154 patients remain in the hospital although they are no longer contagious.
There were 105 patients, which includes both COVID-19 and non-COVID-related cases, in intensive care as of midnight Sunday. Of these patients, 21 people have active cases of COVID-19, as well as 16 people with COVID-19 who are no longer contagious.
Lanette Siragusa, the chief nurse of Shared Health, said that while hospitalizations related to COVID-19 often involve older adults and the elderly, there is a portion of patients hospitalized in a younger age group. .
She said 35 COVID-19 patients in the hospital are under 40, which includes five patients under 20.
“These numbers demonstrate the continued need for all of us to remain vigilant and do all we can to be safe and mitigate the spread of this virus,” Siragusa said.
The province said 1,566 tests were carried out as of Sunday, bringing the total number of tests done since early February to 440,532.