The pandemic continues to weigh heavily on the province’s hospital system, with 276 people hospitalized, 45 of whom are in intensive care due to COVID-19.
The alarming situation in that region caught the attention of public health on Friday, as 10-day positivity rates are higher than elsewhere in the province. This rate was 40% in Steinbach. It was 20% in Sainte-Anne and La Broquerie and 30% in Hanover, said Brent Roussin.
Chief Medical Officer Brent Roussin announced the findings by imploring people in the area to
reduce their contacts so that these numbers decrease.
Three long-term care homes in Steinbach are facing outbreaks. There have been 24 deaths related to COVID-19 in this region since the start of the pandemic.
Dr Roussin explained that this trend has been taking shape in the region for some time now.
40% is very alarming and something needs to change , he said.
The cases announced Thursday bring the total number of cases detected in the province since the start of the pandemic to 13,304.
- 8012 active cases today
- 5,075 people healed to date
- 276 people in hospital, including 45 in intensive care
- The number of deaths attributable to COVID-19 is now 217.
Active cases are overestimated due to delays in verifications necessary to remove these cases from the provincial list, because public health is prioritizing contact tracing.
The province estimates that the vast majority of active cases are no longer active 10 days after the onset of symptoms.
New infections by health region:
- Winnipeg : 218
- Prairie Mountain : 15
- South Health: 94
- Between the Lakes and the East: 26
- North: 34
Since the beginning of February, 327,511 screening tests have been carried out, including 2,519 on Friday. Investigations into these cases are ongoing and the public will be informed if there is a risk to public health.
Deaths and outbreaks
The youngest of the COVID-19 victims announced on Saturday is a man in his 30s from the Winnipeg health region. So far, the victim of COVID-19 in Manitoba is a man in his twenties, whose death was announced on Friday.
A man in his 60s from the North region and a man in his 70s from Winnipeg are also among the dead.
Another Winnipeg man in his 70s has died in connection with the outbreak in the transitional care department at Misericordia Health Center.
Six deaths are linked to outbreaks in nursing homes across the province:
- a woman in her seventies from Winnipeg, resident of Parkview Place,
- an octogenarian from Santé Sud, resident of Bridgepark Manor,
- an octogenarian from Winnipeg, resident of the Holy Family home,
- an octogenarian from Winnipeg, resident of Maples nursing home,
- a 90-year-old from Winnipeg, resident of Maples nursing home,
- a 100-year-old from Prairie Mountain, resident of the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home.
Outbreaks have occurred in Unit 3 of Grace Hospital in Winnipeg as well as in the following nursing homes: Dakota House in Winnipeg, Eastview Place in Altona, Tabor Home in Morden, Fernwood Place in Steinbach and Lion Prairie Manor and Douglas Campbell Lodge in Portage la Prairie. The alert level for all of these locations was raised to red.
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Manitoba crossed the 200-death mark from COVID-19 on Friday.
We report an average of 8 deaths per day. It’s hard not to see the numbers, they are really scary, launched the chief health officer of the province, Brent Roussin, in his press conference.
In her update, Lanette Siragusa also revealed that a baby is among the 90 people hospitalized due to COVID-19.
New restrictions announced on Thursday went into effect. They concern the sale of products deemed essential and non-essential in stores, and require Manitobans to no longer receive visitors at home, until December 11.
These new restrictions
just entered into force, recalled Brent Roussin Friday.
We will see if they are followed… If this is not the case, we will study other approaches to decrease the transmission.
Dr Roussin also suggested on Friday that if the measures do not result in lower numbers, schools could be closed again in the province.