Manitoba reports 114 new cases of COVID-19, majority in Southern Health District – Winnipeg
Manitoba confirmed 114 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with the majority of new infections coming from the Southern Health District.
The latest cases reported on the province’s online COVID-19 dashboard bring the number of active cases in Manitoba to 668 and have helped push the province’s five-day test positivity rate to 3%.
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The number of COVID-19-related deaths reported on the site remained at 1,211 on Wednesday.
Despite making up 15 percent of Manitoba’s total population, the Southern Health Region again recorded the majority of new cases – 44 infections – on Wednesday.
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Of the other new cases, 25 were from Winnipeg Health Region, 21 were found in Northern Health Region, 16 were reported in Prairie Mountain region and eight were reported in Interlake Health Region.
Earlier this week, health officials said COVID-19 is disproportionately hitting the Southern Health District – where vaccination rates are among the lowest in Manitoba – as the province enters a fourth wave of the pandemic.
Province-wide, 84.9% of eligible Manitobans received one shot of the vaccine and 80.4% received two shots.
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But vaccination rates are lower in parts of the south, including 41.3 percent in Winkler and less than 25 percent in the surrounding rural municipality of Stanley.
Of Manitoba’s active cases, 205 are from the Southern Health District, as are 33 of the province’s 86 hospitalizations due to the virus.
A total of 20 patients are in intensive care due to COVID-19 across the province and 10 of them are from the Southern Health Region, according to health data.
Health officials say 73% of Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 are not fully immunized and none of the intensive care patients have received two doses of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, a provincial variant of concern tracking site shows that 281 of the active cases in Manitoba involve the most contagious variants.
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Data at the site shows that Manitoba currently has seven active Alpha cases, 10 active Delta infections, and 264 active variant infections that have yet to be clarified.
As of March 2020, Manitoba has now reported 60,443 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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