COVID-19 BULLETIN #485

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Public health officials advise one new death in a person with COVID-19 is being reported today:
• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region linked to the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant of concern.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 4.5 per cent provincially and four per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 25 new cases of the virus have been identified. However, two cases have been removed due to data correction. This brings the net-new number of cases today to 23 and the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 56,943.

Of the 25 cases reported today, the COVID-19 data shows:
• zero new cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;
• four new cases in the Northern health region;
• one new case in the Prairie Mountain Health region;
• seven new cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and
• 13 new cases in the Winnipeg health region.

The data also shows:
• 982 active cases and 54,798 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;
• 133 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces including:
– 51 people in hospital in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 80 people in hospital with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious, amounting to a total of 131 hospitalizations;
• a total of 34 Manitoba patients receiving intensive care for COVID-19 including:
– nine people in intensive care units in Manitoba with active COVID-19 as well as 23 people with COVID-19 who are no longer infectious but continue to require critical care, amounting to a total of 32 ICU patients in Manitoba; and
– two Manitoba patients in intensive care units outside the province, both of whom are in Ontario;
• 43 patients previously receiving care in an out-of-province ICU have now been returned to Manitoba hospitals for further care; and
– no COVID-19 patients were transported out of province for care yesterday;
• 972 laboratory tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February 2020 to 847,831; and
• the total number of deaths in people with COVID-19 is 1,163.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s #RestartMB Pandemic Response System webpage. For up-to-date information on possible public exposures to COVID-19 in regions, visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html#event and click on your region.

Additional data on variants of concern is updated from Tuesday to Saturday at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, outbreaks and some downloadable and historic data can also be found at this site.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, including the online screening tool, testing criteria and locations, self-isolation requirements, public health fundamentals and the provincial response level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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