183 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths reported in Manitoba Thursday

Manitoba public health officials on Thursday announced 183 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths due to the disease.

The highest number of new cases was reported in the southern health region, which had 60, according to Thursday’s update on the province’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The Prairie Mountain Health Region had the second highest number of cases with 44, while 38 were reported in the Winnipeg Health Region, 34 were reported in the Northern Health Region, and seven were reported in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region.

The province says 115 of Thursday’s new cases were in people who were not vaccinated, four were in people who were only partially vaccinated, and 64 were in people who were fully vaccinated.

The five-day test positivity rate in the province is now 5.5 percent, down from 5.9 percent on Wednesday. In Winnipeg, it is 2.5 percent.

There are 136 people in the hospital with COVID-19, down from 153 on Wednesday. It includes 24 on intensive care, up two patients from the day before.

Half of the patients in the hospital with active COVID-19 are not vaccinated, while 45 percent are, and five percent are partially vaccinated, the province’s online dashboard says.

As of Thursday, 85.1 percent of eligible Manitobans have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 87.7 percent have one dose.

The province also provided more information in a news bulletin about the 12 people who have died from COVID-19 since Monday.

Four of the deaths were related to outbreaks in personal care homes and / or hospitals.

The four deaths reported Tuesday were a woman in her 50s from the Interlake Eastern Health Region, a woman in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, a woman in her 70s from the Southern Health region and a man in the 50s from Sundhedsregion Syd.

The deaths reported Wednesday were a 60s man from the Southern Health region, a woman in the 70s from the Winnipeg health region and a woman in the 80s from the Southern Health region linked to an outbreak of Third Crossing Manor.

The five deaths reported Thursday were a woman in her 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region linked to an outbreak at Benito Personal Care Home, a man in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, a woman in her 80s from Prairie Mountain Health. region associated with an outbreak at Russell Health Center and Russell Personal Care Home, a 90s man from the Winnipeg health region associated with an outbreak at Holy Family Home, and a woman in the 100s from the Winnipeg health region.

Outbreaks have been reported at Seven Oaks General Hospital in Winnipeg (4 units 8-12, geri-rehab unit) and at the Evergreen unit at Salem Home in Winkler.

Meanwhile, three schools are experiencing outbreaks: Ralph Maybank School in Winnipeg (Class 5/6 Class), JR Reid School in Brandon (Class 4 Class) and St. Alphonsus School in Winnipeg (Class 5 Class).

There have been 55 new cases among school-age children and school staff since the province’s online dashboard was last updated on Tuesday. That brings the total number of school-related cases in Manitoba since Sept. 7 to 1,401 (1,198 student cases and 203 staff cases).

Outbreaks have been reported in the following places:

  • New Era School in Brandon (4/5 class).
  • South Pointe School in Winnipeg (2nd grade).
  • Ralph Maybank School in Winnipeg (2/3 class).
  • Stony Mountain Elementary in Stony Mountain (Class 5/6).
  • Westdale School in Winnipeg (Class 6-1).
  • Russell Health Center in Russell.

The province also reported Thursday that 154 more cases have now been linked to more contagious variants of concern, all of which were of unspecified variants.

On Wednesday, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin that the province will stop providing information on how many COVID-19 cases are associated with coronavirus variants as of Friday because almost all cases in Manitoba now stem from the highly contagious delta variant.

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