A new daily record was set Wednesday for the number of deaths reported due to COVID-19. Public Health officials announced nine deaths, with one in Southern Health-Santé Sud, a man in his 70s. There have now been a total of 123 deaths related to the virus.
431 new cases were identified as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 9,308. There were 101 in Southern Health, 252 in the Winnipeg Health region and 13 in Prairie Mountain.
According to the data released today, the deaths announced were:
• a male in his 70s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region;
• a male in his 60s from the Winnipeg health region;
• a female in her 60s from the Northern health region;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the St. Boniface Hospital outbreak;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Parkview Place outbreak;
• a male in his 70s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Misericordia Place Personal Care Home;
• a female in her 70s from the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Victoria hospital outbreak; and
• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to the Seine River Retirement Residence, Assisted Living Facility cluster.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 10.7 per cent provincially, and 10.8 per cent in Winnipeg,
Today’s data shows:
• 32 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• 33 cases in the Northern health region;
• 13 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• 101 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 252 cases in the Winnipeg health region.
The data also shows:
• 5,676 active cases and 3,509 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• there are 218 people in hospital with 32 people in intensive care; and
Laboratory testing numbers show 5,334 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 296,352.
Public health officials advise that in order to maintain the capacity for testing symptomatic people, testing appointments for people who are asymptomatic will not be booked unless directed by public health. At this time, individuals who are not experiencing symptoms may be turned away from testing sites. Employers are asked to only send employees for testing if they have symptoms or if testing has been recommended by public health officials.
Public health officials are also advising that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results.
The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are an essential worker required to wear PPE while at work such as health-care workers or first responders. For information on self-isolation, visit:www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/resources.html#collapse2.