Manitoba reports highest number of daily COVID-19 cases for wave four for second day in a row – Winnipeg
Manitoba reports its highest one-day jump in new COVID-19 cases in wave four, for the second day in a row.
Health officials announced 239 new cases on Friday after 218 new infections were reported on Thursday.
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It’s the fifth time that daily cases have surpassed 200 this month, and the highest one-day jump since mid-June.
Officials also said two new cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in Manitoba, bringing the total number of Omicron cases in the province to eight.
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There are now 1,799 active cases in Manitoba and the five-day test positive rate in the province is 6.5%.
Health officials also reported another COVID-19-related death on Friday and released details of two deaths announced on Thursday.
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The latest victims are:
- man in his 30s from Interlake-Eastern Health Region (reported Thursday);
- a woman in her 50s from the Northern Health Region (reported Thursday); and
- a man in his 80s from Prairie Mountain Health Region (reported Friday).
Manitoba’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,360.
The majority of Friday’s new cases – 108 infections – were found in the Winnipeg health region.
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Another 71 cases were reported in Southern Health Region, 34 were found in Prairie Mountain Health Region, 16 were reported in Northern Health Region and 10 were found in Interlake-Eastern Health Region.
Health data shows that 74 of the latest infections in Manitoba were in people who had not yet been vaccinated, while 18 were partially vaccinated and 147 fully vaccinated.
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Health officials said 139 Manitobans are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 33 patients are in intensive care because of the virus.
Among hospitalized patients with COVID-19, 58% are unvaccinated, while 88% of those in intensive care have not received COVID vaccines, the province said.
Meanwhile, officials say new outbreaks have been declared in a 5th and 6th grade cohort class at Meadows School in Brandon and a 6th B class at Faith Academy Middle School in Winnipeg.
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A previously reported outbreak at Third Crossing Manor personal care home has ended, according to the province.
According to a provincial immunization tracking site, 84.2 percent of eligible Manitobans aged five and older received one dose of the vaccine and 78.1 percent received two injections. Of those eligible for a third dose, 12.4% received the booster.
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The province says 3,553 lab tests for COVID-19 were performed in Manitoba on Thursday.
As of March 2020, Manitoba has now reported 70,785 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 67,626 have since recovered, according to health data.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
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