New cases numbers continue to drop, but 18 more deaths reported

From COVID-19 Bulletin #293

The report today, Dec. 22, reveals the heartache of 18 deaths, two  in Prairie Mountain Health region are among those.

In a YouTube address last week, Dr. Amy Frykoda representing Prairie Mountain Health said that Manitoba has the second highest per capita deaths from COVID-19. 

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She also said she was aware of individuals who were breaking the health orders and not isolating when they were contacts, or waiting for test results; and gatherings with members outside their household. She asked Western Manitobans in PMH not to try and find ways around the health orders.

Throughout the province, the current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.5 per cent provincially and 10.5 per cent in Winnipeg. As of 9:30 a.m. today, 155 new cases of the virus have been identified, bringing the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Manitoba to 23,180.

Public health officials advise 18 additional deaths reported today including:

  • two women from Prairie Mountain Health, one a woman in her 80s linked to an outbreak at Fairview Home in Brandon, another woman in her 90s linked to an outbreak at the Grandview PCH.
  • Seven seniors in their 80s to 90s have died in the Winnipeg region, all linked to an outbreak at Oakview Place PCH
  • a woman in her 100s from the Southern Health–Santé Sud health region,
  • a woman in her 60s from Winnipeg linked to an outbreak at the Charleswood Care Centre;
  • a woman in her 80s from the Interlake–Eastern health region, linked to an outbreak at Kin Place in Oakbank;
  • a man in his 80s from the Winnipeg region, linked to an outbreak at St. Norbert Personal Care Home;
  • and a woman in her 90s from the Winnipeg, linked to an outbreak at the N3E family medicine unit at Concordia Hospital;
  •  four seniors in their 70s to 90s in the Winnipeg health region have died, not related to any outbreaks;

Today’s COVID-19 data shows:

• nine cases in the Interlake–Eastern health region;

• 27 cases in the Northern health region;

• 10 cases in the Prairie Mountain Health region;

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

• 92 cases in the Winnipeg health region.


The data also shows:

• 4,382 active cases and 18,208 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19;

• there are 275 people in hospital with 36 people in intensive care due to COVID-19; and

• the total number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 590.


There were 1,497 tests completed yesterday. Manitoba has tested 407,233 people since early February.

An outbreak has been declared at Le Chalet de La Broquerie assisted living facility in La Broquerie, the site has been moved to the Critical (red) level on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks declared overat the 3U4-7 family medicine unity at Seven Oaks General Hospital, the N3 West family medicine unit at Concordia Hospital and at the Deer Lodge Centre long-term care unit in Winnipeg. Outbreaks at the Agassiz Youth Centre in Portage la Prairie and at the Vita and District Personal Care Home in Vita have also been declared over.

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 and click on your region.

Updated public health orders have been put in place to allow high-performance athletes to train for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games under the orders. This is expected to affect fewer than 10 people in the province.

Posters about celebrating the holidays safely are now available in 14 different languages. Visit to download one today.

The chief provincial public health officer reminds Manitobans to immediately self-isolate at the onset of possible COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild. This means staying home from work, school or other daily activities. Testing should be done as soon as possible once symptoms appear. For information on COVID-19 symptoms and guidance on when you should get tested, visit

Manitobans should only leave their homes for essential purposes. When leaving the house to obtain essentials, be sure to physically distance, wear a mask in indoor public places and avoid crowded spaces. Do not leave the home if you are sick, or when any member of your family is sick. Further, do not socialize with anyone from outside your household.

Additional data related to COVID-19, including data on outbreaks as well as some downloadable and historic data can be found at  Updated enforcement statistics are posted online weekly. For more information, go to the Cross-Departmental Reports section at

Public health officials are also advising that if anyone is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate pending COVID-19 test results. For health-care workers, exceptions may apply and staff may be able/required to report to work after contacting their workplace occupational health services or designate. For information on self-isolation, including exceptions, visit

The online COVID-19 self-assessment tool can be found at  and COVID-19 symptoms can be found at

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