Manitoba’s new COVID cases on the way down

From COVID-19 Bulletin #285

On Monday, Dec. 14 Manitoba health officials report 241 new COVID-19 cases, which is less than half of some of the worst days that Manitoba recorde just a couple of weeks ago.  

Numbers today show 5,791 active cases, however 15,000 Manitobans have recovered from the virus.

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Throughout the province, there are 303 hospitalized people due to COVID-19 and the number in ICU remains high at 39, but down from record high of 55 ICU patients with COVID-19 over a week ago.

However, Manitoba has lost 499 people to COVID-19 and people continue to die.

Today, nine deaths reported include:

• a male in his 40s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a male in his 50s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Park Manor Personal Care Home;

• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg;

• a male in his 80s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Fred Douglas Lodge;

• a female in her 80s from the Winnipeg health region;

• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg;

• a female in her 90s from the Winnipeg health region, linked to the outbreak at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg; and

• a female in her 90s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud region, linked to the outbreak at the Rest Haven Nursing Home.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 13.6 per cent provincially and 13 per cent in Winnipeg.

 

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

• 10 cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;

• 23 cases in the Northern health region;

• 12 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

• 38 cases in the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region; and

• 158 cases in the Winnipeg health region.

Data on hospitalizations in the Prairie Mountain health region and ICU admissions at the Brandon Regional Health Centre were not available this morning due to technical issues. This information will be updated tomorrow.

 

Laboratory testing numbers show 2,133 tests were completed yesterday, bringing the total number of lab tests completed since early February to 390,503. A new walk-in testing centre located at the Garrick Centre at 330 Garry St. in Winnipeg, opened today and will operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 

Vaccines for front-line only

At this time, there is a very limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine. Only eligible front-line health providers will be immunized with the first 900 doses, which are expected this week. Members of the public have been calling for appointments, which means eligible health-care providers cannot get through. If you are not an eligible front-line health provider, do not call for an appointment. More information will be shared with the public about immunization clinics as the supply of vaccine increases.

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.

 

The online assessment tool can be found at https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/fundamentals/symptoms.html.

 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

 

For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, visit:

 

https://manitoba.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/index.html.

 

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