3 more deaths from COVID-19, 130 new cases in Manitoba on Wednesday – .

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3 more deaths from COVID-19, 130 new cases in Manitoba on Wednesday – .


Three more people in Manitoba have died from COVID-19 and the province has 130 new cases of the disease, according to the province’s online dashboard.
Manitoba’s five-day test positivity rate edged down to 4.2% from 4.3% on Tuesday. The average number of new cases over seven days fell from 97 to 108.

Cases in the Northern Health Region jumped 60, the largest increase of any region on Wednesday. The Southern Health Region has 33 new cases, the Winnipeg region has 25, Prairie Mountain Health has nine, and the Interlake-East region has three.

The total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 rose from 78 to 83, while the number of patients in intensive care units rose from 17 to 22.

Wednesday’s deaths bring the toll in Manitoba to 1,240 people, and the new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases to 60,738. Of those, 1,121 are active cases and 60,738 have recovered.

The labs performed 3,025 tests on Tuesday.

The number of cases related to variants of concern increased by 49, for a total of 20,582. There was another case reclassified to variant Alpha, but the remainder of the increase was not classified by variant.

Residents of community living centers for the elderly are now eligible for third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr Joss Reimer, medical officer of the provincial vaccine implementation task force, said on Wednesday in a briefing. press conference.

The update comes a day after the relaxation of public health restrictions in parts of the Southern Health Region where vaccination rates are higher.

Retail capacity has been limited to 50% in the Southern Health Region since early October as the region has recorded a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks and the lowest vaccination rate among the five regions Manitoba sanitary facilities.

This restriction no longer applies to the communities of Cartier, Headingley, Macdonald, Ritchot (Niverville-Ritchot), Saint-François Xavier and Taché.

As of September, Manitoba is expanding eligibility for third doses. Current third-dose eligibility includes people who live in First Nations, healthcare workers with direct patient contact, residents or clients, people who have only received AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines or a vaccine not approved by Health Canada, residents of all personal care homes, and people with moderate or severe immunosuppression.

The province is also preparing to vaccinate children as young as five years old starting in late November, pending Health Canada approval of a Pfizer application.

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