7 deaths, 145 cases of COVID-19 identified in Manitoba as delta variant spreads to all regions
The variant of the delta coronavirus has spread to all five health regions in Manitoba, the province’s deputy chief public health officer said on Friday.
Dr Jazz Atwal said 40 percent of cases of B.1.617.2 in Manitoba occurred in the Winnipeg health region, 29 percent in the southern health region and 24 percent in the southern health region. North.
This variant – seen for the first time in India – is the one that the head of the World Health Organization has declared to be the most transmissible of those identified so far.
Manitoba also reported 145 new cases of COVID-19 and seven illness-related deaths over a two-day period, after a Canada Day hiatus that saw 91 cases carried over to Friday, Atwal said in a statement. press conference.
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Of Friday’s cases, 23 were in the Winnipeg health region. There were also 11 in Southern Health Region, nine in Interlake-Eastern Health Region, six in Prairie Mountain Health Region and five in Northern Health Region, the province said in a press release. .
Manitoba also reported 22 new delta cases on Friday, according to its online Variants Dashboard.
Atwal said 187 of Manitoba’s 239 delta cases were from people who had not been immunized before becoming infected or who had received a dose less than two weeks earlier.
“We recognize that some of these people may not have been eligible to be vaccinated. They may have had an appointment after their infection or had barriers to accessing the vaccine,” he said, encouraging unvaccinated people to get vaccinated.
Manitoba has also reported 41 other cases of variant B.1.1.7 or alpha, first seen in the UK, three of the gamma variant P.1 associated with Brazil and 39 still unspecified, according to the table from edge.
Atwal said Manitoba is still working on updated pandemic modeling that takes into account more infectious strains of coronavirus, including the delta variant.
Five of the latest COVID-19 deaths in Manitoba were linked to variants, the province said.
This includes three from the Winnipeg Health Region: a woman in her 50s and a man in her 60s who had the alpha variant and a woman in her 70s who had an unspecified variant.
A woman and a man in their 60s from the Southern Health Region also had the alpha variant when they died.
A woman in her 40s from the Winnipeg Health Region and a man in her 40s from the Southern Health Region also died.
Manitoba now has 1,147 deaths from COVID-19.
A previously reported death – a man in his 30s from the Interlake-Eastern health region – was withdrawn after a data correction after it was announced on Wednesday, the province said.
Manitoba has recorded an additional 49,566 doses of vaccine administered in the past two days. Forty-six percent of people 12 and older are now fully vaccinated, while 74.2 percent have at least one dose, according to the province’s online Vaccine Dashboard.
Manitoba’s immunization targets for Terry Fox’s birthday – August 2 – are 50 percent for second doses and 75 percent for first doses as part of the reopening plan.
The five-day provincial test positivity rate fell to 5.4 percent on Friday from 6.2 on Wednesday. Winnipeg’s fell to 4.8 percent from 5.6 percent.
There are now 163 Manitobans hospitalized after contracting COVID-19, the province said, down 10 since Wednesday. Of those people, 49 are in intensive care – down from six – including 14 under the age of 40, a spokesperson for Shared Health said in an email.
There are still six Manitoba COVID-19 patients receiving intensive care in Ontario.
The province began sending COVID-19 intensive care patients to other areas in May as it struggled to create space in its overcrowded hospitals. Since then, 39 people sent out of Manitoba have been brought back and 12 died.
Atwal said the pandemic has overwhelmed Manitoba’s acute care system and has been hit proportionately harder than any other province – something the provincial and federal governments are reviewing, he said.
“We will be looking at the information on who was a serious result, who was hospitalized, who ended up in the intensive care unit in Manitoba. And we will be providing that information to other provinces as well,” Atwal said.
“It’s going to take a long time, because it means looking at all the cases. It means getting together with all these other jurisdictions to understand the definitions and look at all the data.”
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Unit M3 at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, while outbreaks have ended at Carman Memorial Hospital and Eastview Place Personal Care Home in Altona, said Province.
To date, 56,306 Manitobans have tested positive for COVID-19, including 54,013 people considered recovered and 1,098 still considered active.
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