January 18, 2021

9 more virus deaths, 107 new cases in Manitoba on Monday

Manitoba released its lowest daily case count since early November, but the daily test volume also fell to its lowest level in more than three months.

Nine more people have died due to COVID-19 in Manitoba, and 107 new cases have been confirmed, provincial health officials announced Monday.

Monday’s case count is the lowest single-day total since November 3, although the 1,076 trials completed on Sunday are the lowest since September 14.

The provincial five-day test-positive ratio is now 12.6 percent, up from 12.1 on Sunday. The rate at Winnipeg is 12.4 percent.

All but one of the nine deaths reported Monday were linked to explosions at long-term care facilities, including six in Winnipeg, one in Grandview Personal Care Home in Grandview, and one in Kin Place in Oak Bank.

Two of the deaths were linked to the Holy Family Home in Winnipeg, and two to the Poseidon Care Center. Other deaths have been linked to the active home of Winnipeg and Bethany Mennonite Personal Care Home.

A 60-year-old man from the Winnipeg region was one of nine deaths reported Monday.

The latest death toll from the outbreak in Manitoba is 654.

The total number of hospital admissions due to the virus rose to 343 – up from 341 on Sunday – with 250 patients still considered contagious. Intensive care unit admissions also rose to 37 – from 35 on Sunday – with 33 active infections.

There have been a total of 24,252 confirmed infections in Manitoba since the outbreak, of which 4,442 are still listed as active, although the province says the number could increase due to the delay in disposing of the recovered cases.

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Manitoba’s test-positive ratio rose to 10.6 percent on December 28 from 10.6 percent on December 24. (Cameron McLean / CBC)

Most of the new cases announced on Monday – 43 – were in the Winnipeg health region. There were 24 new cases in the Southern Health Region, 18 in the Northern Health Region, 12 in the Prairie Mountain Health, and 10 in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region.

A new explosion has been reported at St. Paul’s Personal Care Home in The Boss.

In another development, an explosion has been reported in Sections 5U4-7 at Seven Oaks Hospital. The outbreak, which was announced on December 1, led to eight patient infections and one death later.

Other eruptions are active in the hospital at Units 4U 4-7 and 4U 8-12.

Vaccination clinics resume Tuesday

Vaccination of the province’s leading health workers will resume on December 29. The last immunization was held on December 23, with a total of 2,177 doses of Govit-19 vaccine being administered.

Next Clinics Dec.

The province is taking appointments from January 4 to 10, with second-dose appointments scheduled for January 25 to 31. About 800 first-dose appointments have been made, with about 5,000 available, according to a provincial news release.

To qualify, workers must:

  • Working in complex maintenance units.
  • Must have worked in a long-term care facility and were born on or before December 31, 1962.
  • Must have been born on or before December 31, 1962, working in intensive care facilities.
  • A COVID-19 vaccine should be prescribed at a hospital or testing site.

The province will launch an online dashboard in January to monitor vaccine distribution.