Seven more Manitobans have died from COVID-19 and 130 new cases were announced in the province Tuesday.

The latest deaths include four connected to care home outbreaks:

A man in his 80s and a woman in her 90s connected to the outbreak at River East Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. A man in his 90s connected to the outbreak at Holy Family Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. A woman in her 70s connected to the outbreak at Le Chalet de la Broquerie assisted living facility in La Broquerie.

The other deaths announced Tuesday include a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s, all from the Winnipeg health region, the province said in a Tuesday afternoon news release. 

There have now been 695 deaths from COVID-19 in Manitoba.

The new cases announced Tuesday include 77 in the Winnipeg health region, 19 in the Northern health region, 17 in the Interlake-Eastern health region, nine in the Prairie Mountain Health region and eight cases in the Southern Health region.

A total of 339 people are in hospital with COVID-19, including 96 who are no longer considered infectious but still need care.

Forty people are in intensive care with COVID-19, including 35 who are still infectious.

The provincewide five-day test positivity rate —a rolling average of the number of tests that come back positive — is 10.7 per cent. The five-day test positivity rate in Winnipeg is 11.5 per cent.

Another 1,264 COVID-19 tests were completed in Manitoba Monday, bringing the total since early February to 428,753.

The province is currently reporting 4,427 active COVID-19 cases in Manitoba, but health officials have previously said that number may be inflated due to backlogs in data processing.

Outbreak declared at HSC unit

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the WRS3 unit at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, the province’s news release said.

That unit, also known as the family-centred mother and baby unit, is a 30-bed unit that offers high-risk postpartum and newborn care, according to a document detailing the various units at HSC. The newborn babies in the unit include near-term infants, multiple births and infants with “complex high-risk social issues,” the document says.

The mothers in the unit include those with “co-existing medical and social issues” and mothers separated from their infants as a result of the baby’s medical condition.

That unit has been moved to the red, or critical, level of Manitoba’s pandemic response system, the province’s news release says.

Meanwhile, outbreaks have been declared over at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface, Actionmarguerite St. Joseph and Dakota House, all in Winnipeg.

Outbreaks have also been delcared over at Morris General Hospital, the rehabilitation and surgery unit at Boundary Trails Health Centre near Winkler, and the Northern Lights Manor in Flin Flon.

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