Manitoba records 183 new cases of COVID-19, 222 recoveries, and 5 deaths Thursday

There are 183 new COVID-19 cases in Manitoba today (Thurs), bringing the total to 67,275.

The Southern Health Region has 60 of the new cases, while the Prairie Mountain Health Region has 44, the Winnipeg Health Region 38, the Northern Health Region 44, and the Interlake-Eastern Health Region has 7 cases.

Of the 183 cases, 115 of them are not vaccinated, 4 partially-vaccinated, and 64 fully-vaccinated.

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations went down by 7 to 136, while 24 patients are in ICU.

More recoveries were recorded with 222, increasing the provincial total to 64,478.

The province’s active case count decreased by 44 to 1,493. The Prairie Mountain Health Region has 200 active cases.

Five more deaths were recorded, upping the provincial total to 1,304. They include:

  • a female in her 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to an outbreak at the Benito Personal Care Home and linked to an unspecified variant of concern (reported Thursday);
  • a male in his 70s from the Prairie Mountain Health region (reported Thursday);
  • a female in her 80s from the Prairie Mountain Health region, linked to an outbreak at the Russell Health Centre and Russell Personal Care Home, and linked to an unspecified variant of concern (reported Thursday);
  • a male in his 90s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to an outbreak at Holy Family Home (reported Thursday); and
  • a female in her 100s from the Winnipeg health region and linked to an unspecified variant of concern (reported Thursday).

An additional 3,882 new tests for COVID-19 were conducted to bring the overall total to 1,161,717.

Manitoba’s test positivity rate is 5.5-percent.

The COVID-19 Dashboard for Manitoba is available here.

Other highlights:

Outbreaks have been declared at:

  • Seven Oaks General Hospital, 4 Unit 8-12, Geri-Rehab unit, in Winnipeg; and
  • Salem Home personal care home, Evergreen unit, in Winkler.

The facilities have been moved to critical (red) level on the Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared at the following schools:

  • Ralph Maybank School, Grade 5/6 class, in Winnipeg;
  • J. R. Reid School, Grade 4 class, in Brandon; and
  • St. Alphonsus School, Grade 5 class, in Winnipeg.

The classes has been moved to remote learning and the school moved to the Restricted (Orange) level on the Pandemic Response System.

Outbreaks have been declared over at:

  • New Era School, Grade 4/5;
  • École South Pointe School, Grade 2;
  • Ralph Maybank School, Grade 2/3;
  • Stony Mountain Elementary, Grade 5/6;
  • Westdale Junior High, Grade 6-1; and
  • Russell Health Centre.

The COVID-19 testing site at 1181 Portage Ave. will close after Friday, Nov. 26. To view all testing locations, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/locations.html#list.

After Nov. 26, Manitoba will no longer publicly report or post details of flights, trains or buses where there may have been potential COVID-19 exposures. This reflects the preventive measures in place on public transport.

Potential exposures from Manitoba cases onflights, trains or buses will continue to be gathered but not posted publicly. This change will not affect the current public health management of cases and contacts, particularly in situations where the public health investigation determines a higher risk of exposure. Cruise ships that have been reported to have COVID-19 cases will continue to be reported in Canada at www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/exposure-flights-cruise-ships-mass-gatherings.html#cruise.

Additionally, after Nov. 26, Manitoba will no longer publicly report variants of concern online. The vast majority of current COVID-19 cases are B.1.617.2 (delta) cases and the public health recommendations for a variant of concern is no different than a case that is not. The lab will continue to monitor variants of concern and if there is a risk to the public, more information will be made available.

The Manitoba government is also providing an update on ongoing enforcement efforts to protect Manitobans from the spread of COVID-19. A total of 21 warnings and 33 tickets were issued for the week of Nov. 15 to 21 including:

  • five $1,296 tickets to individuals;
  • 16 $298 tickets to individuals for failure to wear a mask in an indoor public place;
  • two $5,000 tickets to a business;
  • seven $1,443 tickets to individuals for the Federal Quarantine Act; and
  • three $8,550 tickets to individuals for the Federal Quarantine Act.

Manitobans are urged to continue reporting compliance and enforcement issues by visiting www.manitoba.ca/COVID19 and completing the reporting form or by calling 204-945-3744 or (toll-free) 1-866-626-4862 and pressing option three on the call menu. Updated enforcement statistics are posted online weekly at: https://manitoba.ca/openmb/infomb/departments/index.html#cdr.

Possible exposure locations are listed online by region at the province’s 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 is available at https://geoportal.gov.mb.ca/. Data related to COVID-19, variants of concern, 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 Pandemic Response System, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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