The rural health authority, which has just over 15% of Manitoba’s population, reported 14 of 31 new infections on Friday. There are nine new cases in Winnipeg, four in the Northern Health Region and two each in Interlake-Eastern and Prairie Mountain.
The province’s chief public health officer Dr Brent Roussin said 26 of the 31 new cases announced on Friday were in people who had not been fully vaccinated. The ratio is even higher at Southern Health, where only one of 14 cases involved a person who had received both injections.
Some other statistics in Friday’s COVID-19 daily numbers remain stagnant.
Manitoba’s five-day test positive rate is 2.8% for the third day in a row.
Sixty-five people remain hospitalized in the province after contracting COVID-19, while 21 people with the virus remain in intensive care. A total of 89 patients are in intensive care for all causes, 17 more than the baseline pre-pandemic capacity of 72.
This is the second consecutive day of new double-digit cases. Wednesday’s peak of 105 cases so far is a one-day aberration after weeks of fewer than 100 cases per day.
But new public health orders, requiring people attending gyms, restaurants and many other indoor public places to be fully vaccinated, were announced on Friday afternoon in response to the threat posed by the more contagious delta variant as the fourth wave of the pandemic is hitting other provinces.
In fact, the province on Friday identified 50 more cases of COVID-19 among the highly transmissible coronavirus variants – of which 43 are the delta variant, or B.1.617.2.
The proportion of eligible Manitobans – ages 12 and older – who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is now 76.2%, up 0.2 percentage point from Thursday, and 81.7% of Eligible Manitobans received at least one dose, up 0.1, says the online Vaccine Dashboard.
A total of 1,955 COVID-19 tests were performed on Thursday, the dashboard said.
There are 430 active cases in the province and 56,887 people have recovered.