A man in his 40s from the Interlake-Eastern Health region is one of three more people with COVID-19 who have died in Manitoba, while 170 more people have tested positive for the virus, Manitoba public health officials announced Wednesday.
A man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg and a woman in her 80s from the Interlake-Eastern Health region linked to an outbreak at the Misericordia Place care home are the two other people who died.
That brings the death toll from the coronavirus in the province to 61 since the start of the pandemic.
The number of hospitalizations and intensive care patients set new records, with 89 people in hospital, 19 of them in intensive care. That’s up from the previous record of 83 set on Tuesday, when 15 people were in the ICU.
Manitoba’s five-day test-positivity rate — the rolling average of the number of COVID-19 tests that come back positive — is 7.3, down slightly from the record high of 7.5 on Tuesday.
The announcement of 170 cases is the third highest number the province has recorded.
Most of the new cases are in the Winnipeg health region, where 117 people have tested positive. There are 26 new cases in the Interlake-Eastern health region, 18 in the Southern Health region, six in the Northern Health region, and three in the Prairie Mountain Health region.
A total of 4,701 people in Manitoba have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Provincial health data shows 2,334 active cases and 2,306 people recovered, although health officials have said that active case numbers are likely inflated because of a backlog.
Cross Lake First Nation has moved to the critical red level on the province’s pandemic response system after multiple people tested positive in the community. The cases are linked to a funeral attended by someone who didn’t have symptoms but later tested positive for COVID-19, which the province announced on Tuesday.
An outbreak at the St. Norbert personal care home has been declared over, health officials said.
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A day after Manitoba set new records for daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and amid growing outbreaks at two hospitals that have so far led to at least four deaths, the province’s top public health officials will address the latest on the pandemic.
Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin and Lanette Siragusa, chief nursing officer with Manitoba Shared Health, will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. CT. CBC News will live stream the briefing here.
The province recorded its highest number of new cases in a single day on Tuesday, reporting 184 people tested positive for the virus.
The number of people in hospital has more than doubled in a little more than a week, growing from 29 on Oct. 19 to 83 on Tuesday.
Manitoba has 170 new cases of COVID-19, health officials announced Wednesday. (CBC)
Health Minister Cameron Friesen tried to quell fears that hospitals were on the brink of being overwhelmed at a news conference on Tuesday.
Case numbers are trending in the wrong direction, but the health system still has capacity, he said.
“We are planning accordingly. We are not at a breaking point,” Friesen said.
Three people linked to an outbreak at St. Boniface Hospital have died as of Tuesday, and a patient linked to an outbreak at Victoria General Hospital died after being transferred to St. Boniface.
As of Tuesday, the St. Boniface outbreak had led to infections in 23 patients and 10 staff, while the Victoria outbreak infected 19 patients and 19 staff.
The province announced a 19th death in an outbreak at the Parkview Place personal care home, where 104 residents have tested positive in the facility that housed 221 people as of last Friday.
Revera, the for-profit company that runs Parkview Place, also operates the Maples Long Term Care Home, where 69 of the facility’s 200 residents had tested positive by Tuesday, up from 35 on Monday.